Love & Other Curses by Michael Thomas FordLove & Other Curses by Michael Thomas Ford

Love & Other Curses

byMichael Thomas Ford

Hardcover | April 9, 2019

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“I’m pretty sure I’m the only guy in my school who can replace a faulty kick-down switch and also create the perfect smoky eye.”

The Weyward family has been haunted by a curse for generations—if a Weyward falls in love before their seventeenth birthday, the person they love dies.

Sam doesn’t plan to fall for anyone in the weeks before his birthday. He’ll spend his time working at the Eezy-Freeze with his dad; cooking up some midsummer magic with his grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother (the Grands); and experimenting with drag with the help of the queens at the Shangri-La, the local gay club.

But when a new guy comes to town, Sam finds himself in trouble when they strike up a friendship that might be way more than that.

As Sam’s birthday approaches and he still hasn’t quite fallen in love, the curse seems to get more powerful and less specific about who it targets.

A mysterious girl Sam talks to on the phone late at night and a woman he’s only seen in a dream might have the answers he’s been looking for—but time is running out to save the people he cares about.

Title:Love & Other CursesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.13 inPublished:April 9, 2019Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0062791206

ISBN - 13:9780062791207


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Fun Read I enjoyed reading this light-hearted story that centres on a young man who learns about himself through his relationship with others. Not only does he comes to realises who he is, he also discovers what his drag persona is to be. The brief entry that this story gives into the world of the drag queen is a fun and enjoyable one (so much so, that I wished we saw more of this world). Sam learns what is important is his own life as well as realises who plays an important part in his life. This contemporary young adult read is a perfect story for young teens as they will read about a character who experiences the difficulties of knowing oneself. The young reader will also explore the different aspects of the relationships we have in our lives. Ford’s story also shows the importance of family and how they can support you – even when you are unaware of it. This novel is a beautifully written story that can be enjoyed by adults and teens alike.
Date published: 2019-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Great Book! I’ve been trying to think of a good way to describe this story, and I think I’m going to go with: Jeff Zentner writes Practical Magic. In case you didn’t know, I love both those things! So obviously, I really enjoyed this book. The blurb on the back cover sounds rather lighthearted, but the story itself is a bit more heavy and serious. It mentions romance, but it’s not really about Sam falling in love - it’s more about this 16yo guy trying to figure out who he is growing up to be. There’s a bit of magic and a supernatural twist that adds a great dimension to the story. And I totally did not see that twist coming! The only bit I felt could use a little help, was the character Tom. He’s supposed to be the romantic interest, but is dull/more 2D than he should have been. The character is completely defined by being trans, with nothing else added to his personality. I felt a bit shortchanged by the portrayal - he really could have been a fantastic character. All of the other characters felt wonderfully quirky and real. The Grands were amazing, and I just wanted to give all the drag queens big hugs! Overall, it’s a very solid story and I would definitely recommend it.
Date published: 2019-04-10

Editorial Reviews

Love & Other Curses is a book with heart—a big, generous, loving heart. Anyone looking for a deep, thoughtful story about love and life and coming of age will enjoy the relationships, the search, and the lovely magic that may or may not be a part of every person’s life.”