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The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre: a hilarious and uplifting new LGBT romantic comedy from the bestselling Robin Talley

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New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley returns with this sweet, queer rom-com about a high school musical’s stage manager and lead actress, perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Nina LaCour.

Melody McIntyre, stage manager extraordinaire, has a plan for everything. Lead actor need a breath mint? She’s on it. Understudy bust a seam? Mel’s sewing kit is at the ready
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published November 12th 2020 by HQ Young Adult
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May 13, 2020 marked it as tbr-arc  ·  review of another edition
making all the gays hate me by bragging i have an e-arc of this 😎
Feb 10, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
queer theatre kids queer theatre kids QUEER THEATRE KIDS
Sep 01, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-out-yet
Melody, stage manager extraordinaire???? You cannot tell me that this book wasn't written specifically for me, Jamie, also stage manager extraordinaire (or so I like to think).
I’m sad because I really, really wanted to like this book. As soon as I learned about it I was so excited to read it because 1) sapphic romance, 2) theater kids and especially 2.5) backstage theater kids, 3) they’re doing Les Mis!! my fav musical!! and 4) a curse? ooooh sounds mysterious!

Sadly, the more I read, the less I enjoyed it. The biggest problem for me, was that I just couldn’t stand Melody, our main character. Which, when you don’t like the main character in a story, it’ll be way more d
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is very different in terms of style than the books I’m usually reading, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. I found the writing to be refreshing and perhaps that’s due to it being YA, but it’s definitely also down to the writer.

Melody is the stage manager for the performing arts productions at her high school. She’s known as a serial monogamist, even as a junior. Like most people involved in theatre she follows a number of superstitions and her crew manages to convince her that for the sak
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3 stars

After reading Robin Talley's "Music from another world", I was really excited to read this book! A queer romance based on a school production of Les Miserables? What's not to like?! Sadly quite a bit...

Firstly the things I enjoyed. This was a fun book, it made me smile and I did enjoy reading it.
I haven't read a YA book so focused on theatre (especially backstage) before so that was really interesting. Also I adore Les Miserables so I enjoyed all the references and could picture the set a
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC of this wonderful story! This is my first ARC review as well, and it's a memorable one at that. I've not a huge YA collection but The Love Cure of Melody McIntyre had everything in it that I'd consider to make a successful YA novel: I'm going to take inspiration from Melody's highly organised bullet-points here:

1. An exciting theme of theatre: the school's productions offered a wonderful sense of close-knit scenes that made for an excellent mix of the bubbling
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

3.5 - 4 stars

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is a fun rom-com that brings all of the drama of high school theater mixed with queer characters. The story follows Melody McIntyre, the stage manager for their school's theater performances. Their theater is deemed cursed after a fire burned it down years ago during a play that shall not be named. Now, in the present time, events occur that are random with no e
I absolutely loved this book!

This story follows a girl named Melody McIntyre who is the stage manager of the productions at her high school. Every year they start out performing a play in the fall and end performing a musical in the spring, and this year the musical that the book is centered around is Les Miserables. Not only is this already one of the hardest musicals to do, especially for a high school, it's made worse by their cursed auditorium. All of the actors and crew believe that their
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My rating: 3.5 Big thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my e-copy. I really needed a light-hearted book this week, and Robin Talley’s ‘The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre’ was exactly that. It was a nice, easy and quick read, and I have enjoyed the story, even though it had been predictable and cheesy at moments.

‘The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre’ follows Melody, a stage manager of the high school play. The cast and crew of Melody’s high school theatre group strictly believe in superstitions
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Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Alexandra Nae

Before picking up this book, I wondered, “will this be my new favourite?”. I asked myself that question because everything about The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is right up on my alley and I was really looking forward to reading it. Now that I’ve finished it, I have the answer to that innocent question: a big fat YES.

With humour and wit, great writing style, relatable characters, irresistible and swoony sapphic romance, and a flai
It all started with a hundred-year-old theater curse... It's no secret that stage manager Melody McIntyre has dated a lot of people, but her school performances always seem to have more problems when she's dating during a production. The tech crew's remedy for bad luck this year: Melody must NOT fall in love during the spring production, Les Misérables. This doesn't seem like too hard a task, but Melody is taken by surprise when she forges an unlikely bond with her hotshot actress classmate, Odi ...more
This book has the perfect combination of musical theatre references, queer romance, and the triumphs and falls of being a teenager. I couldn't put it down and finished it in one afternoon! A must read for all theatre lovers and fans of teen romance alike!
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so great to read, loved how it was told, because it was broken up like a play, which was very fitting! Really enjoyed the romance!
Thanks to NetGalley and Harper Teen for this arc, which I received in exchange for an honest review. I’ll post that review upon publication.
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: slut shaming

More like a 3.5

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is a charming queer theater rom-com. I've only been exposed to the theater world at a glance, having done a few plays in high school, but there's a lot that goes on for a production. We never even had half as many special effects as the productions in the book! It's a love letter to drama, the power of belief, and figur
im in love with this book!!!!!! definitely an all time favourite!!!! its currently 1am so ill try and write a review in the morning but! preorder this book!!!
Ayelet Reiter
This book seemed like it was right up my alley. I love books about WLW and I love musical theatre and I was once a high school stage manager in a suburb of Boston. I also really enjoyed Robin Talley's Pulp, so I had high hopes for this one and I was so excited to get a chance to read an ARC.

Unfortunately, something with this one didn't quite click. Melody was a great protagonist, both lovable and realistically flawed but she didn't seem to have a whole lot of chemistry with Odile. The book is qu
Oct 04, 2020 rated it liked it
The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is a YA romcom about high school theatre kids, in which a stage manager with a tendency towards relationship drama during productions falls for one of the major actors. Melody's crew decide that the superstition for the upcoming musical needs to revolve around her dramatic love life, so she is banned from love until the show is over. Then, Odile Rose, a senior who has already starred on Broadway and in TV, auditions for the show, and there's something between th ...more
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre follows Melody whose the stage manager for her school’s musical productions, following the outcome of the last production the crew come up with a superstition that whenever Melody is in love the production ends up a disaster – this year she sets herself the goal of staying away from love.

The book was such a fun read, I loved the concept of the book – it was so entertaining and I liked the way the book was structured and how it linked to musical productions and m
Nov 02, 2020 rated it liked it
- Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for an ebook copy in exchange for a review. -

Robin Talley is fantastic is bringing the world sapphic love stories and that’s what I presumed Love Curse was going to be, but I’m not sure it really is. Whilst the romance between Melody, the stage manager for her school’s production of Les Mis and the actress in one of the leading roles, plays a large role in the story, I would argue its more about the production and theatre group as a whole. As someone w
Nov 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is a YA queer novel by Robin Talley. I do not read a large amount of YA, but as a big fan of Musical Theatre I was keen to read this!

The story follows high school stage manager, 16 year old Melody, who has been in love more times than you can count. Big on theatre superstitions, the crew believe that Melody’s love-life is causing a curse on the theatre and consequently she cannot fall in love before or during the Spring musical- Les Mis. Enter Odile Rose, the Se
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My inner theatre nerd is dancing after finishing the uplifting and glorious 'The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre'. We follow Melody as she stage manages her high school production of 'Les Misérables' in their theatre space which has a history of turbulent theatrical disasters. As a result, the cast and crew have a list of superstitions, actions such as saying g**d l*ck or uttering the name of the Scottish play bringing a curse upon the production and needing an immediate counter-curse. The new cur ...more
Jennie (IG: SeahorseStories)
I received a complimentary copy of The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley from HarperTeen through Netgalley. All opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. The Love Curse of  Melody McIntyre comes out on December 1st, 2020!
Melody is finally the stage manager for her high school's theatre program. Although this is her dream, every time she's dating someone during a play both the relationship and the performances go horribly wrong. When her girlfriend breaks up with her r
Megan Jackson
Sep 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, ya
I love books about specific communities or subcultures, and theater books are a prime example. So much drama, so many opportunities for catastrophe, and so much fascinating detail about what goes into making stage productions happen.

Things I liked:
- Melody's single-minded focus on theater and her need for control as stage manager comes through so realistically and helps drive the plot in a major way. I physically felt Melody's anxiety and stress throughout the book.
- The romance is SO sweet. A
Aug 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robin Talley is always able to craft a well rounded story with LGBTQ+ characters and The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is no different. This book revolves around Melody, a high school stage manager who's high school theatre is cursed. After a disaster involving her girlfriend unfolds on opening night of the fall play, the crew decides that Melody cannot fall in love during the rehearsal and performance periods of the spring musical production. That's okay with Melody until Odile Rose, a senior w ...more
Emily Sarah
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can Robin Talley PLEASE stop making me cry?

Only joking. Never stop. Please.

This story was the heartwarming positive lgbt+ rep I needed in my youth. If I could travel back in time I would, but alas, I can’t- so I’m making up for it now.

The story follows students in highschool who are members of the theatre department, (either tech, or actors) the two battling against the cool vs nerd divide. (As a nerd you can guess who I was routing for)

Mel- the tech stage manager- is known for having dated a
[The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.]

CN: slutshaming (it isn’t very explicit, but still…)

What I liked:
• The cover is so cute!
• As a former theatre kid, this book made me so happy! I loved the atmosphere and all the musical references. And I definitely need to rewatch Les Mis soon!
• Mel is openly bisexual and has two dads! (And Odile identifies as queer and later says she isn’t sure of the details yet, but bi is closest to what she is
Nov 05, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, ya, read-2020
I really enjoyed the high school theater aspects of this - the rush of putting together a show, and the emphasis on teamwork and how the whole experience of late nights and stress and artistry can bond you - and I think it will feel relatable to high school students, even if they aren't involved in plays/musicals in particular (or if, like my high school drama experience, things are much less elaborate/professional!). However, I found narrator Mel to be fairly annoying and hypocritical, the amou ...more
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
I absolutely adored this book. As someone who didn't grow up doing theatre, I wasn't sure I would be able to truly invest in this plot line. Thank goodness I was wrong!! I absolutely adored getting to learn all about theatre through this book. It was like getting a glimpse into a cool club I now wish I would have joined in high school. Serious regrets here. Not to mention, the romance was adorable. I think everyone knew what was gonna happen with the romance (this is a romantic comedy after all) ...more
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