Love & Other Curses

Love & Other Curses

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 nine 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-gre The Weyward family has been haunted by a curse for generations?if a Weyward falls in love before their seventeent...

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Title:Love & Other Curses
Author:Michael Thomas Ford
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Genres:LGBT
ISBN:Love & Other Curses
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Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:352 pages pages

Love & Other Curses Reviews

  • Anne
    Jun 03, 2019
    The Weyward family has been cursed for several generations, ever since Sam's great-great-grandmother married the man her best friend had a crush on. Sam is nearing his 17th birthday and is desperately trying to avoid the curse by not falling in love. So far he has done a good job, but ...
  • Michelle
    Jul 02, 2019
    At first I found it really jarring that the main character, Sam, had trouble getting the pronouns right for the drag performers in his life, but soon enough realized that that was the point - that he's a teenaged kid from a rural area who has to figure this stuff out, and it's not easy...
  • Charlotte Kinzie
    May 01, 2019
    This was funny, heart warming, mysterious and sad. The story flows beautifully and drew me in from the very first page. I loved the characters ... all of them. What a remarkable job this author did to have such a cast in one story and yet still make me want to know them all. I know ...
  • Jamie
    Sep 29, 2018
    This book probably has two or three two many things going on for it, but it made my heart SING. It's a smart and open look at what life for a gay kid can be these days. Sam is still questioning what his particular version of gayness is, and where he fits in the world. His grandmothers ...
  • Leah
    Dec 27, 2018
    This was a really interesting read - the representation was incredible, but I will say it was a bit transphobic, with Sam using incorrect pronouns numerous times which I could understand if he learned his lesson the first time, but it?s something he continued to do, which was disappo...
  • Thamy
    Mar 20, 2019
    Different and daring, but only to a point. I've rounded it down to 3, but it's more like a 3+. Sam has been helping at the local gay club while he still hasn't found his drag self. When summer comes, it also brings Tom Swift, a trans boy who still couldn't fully transition, since...
  • Dahlia
    Oct 29, 2018
    There's a lot about this book I enjoyed, especially the main character's family - both biological and found - and I read the whole thing on a flight, which definitely says a lot for its readability. But it definitely comes with a warning that it's a hotbed of misgendering (pretty much ...
  • Roger Hyttinen
    Jun 16, 2019
    This follows Sam Wayward, an almost 17-year-old gay boy who's anxiously awaiting his 17th birthday, which is 9 days away. Because you see, Sam's family has been cursed for generations. If a Wayward falls in love before his or her 17th birthday, the person they love dies. It's worth ...
  • Eliza Rapsodia
    Feb 23, 2019
    E-ARC provided by Edelweiss+ in exchange of an honest review This book caught my attention because of its title and cover and I started to read it without having much idea of what it was about, but I am so glad I did. The Weywards have lived under a curse for years: if a family m...
  • Jenni Frencham
    Aug 12, 2018
    Ford, Michael Thomas. Love & Other Curses. HarperCollins, 2019. Sam's family is under a curse. Every person in his family who falls in love before the age of 17 sees their loved one die. This has happened as far back as anyone in the family can remember. So of course Sam is tryi...
  • Danielle Chambers
    Dec 31, 2018
    3.5 This is less of a love story and more of a finding yourself story. I was drawn into this book because it's description vaguely reminded me of The Raven Cycle with the love curse. I was surprised to actually see TRC mentioned in the book. This book wasn't what I was expecting...
  • OneMamaReads
    Apr 18, 2019
    4.5 Stars **** Sam Weyward lives in a small "summer" town with his three Grands (grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great grandmother) and his father. They all live with a curse, placed on the family by a broken hearted best friend, which entails each generation to have to...
  • Will
    Jun 10, 2019
    Ford's novel offers the reader a story of multiple narratives, including drag, families, and relationships. While the small town (interestingly) accepts the main character's gay sexual orientation, the main character cannot accept the transgender identity AND heterosexuality of his new...
  • Tasya Dita
    Apr 08, 2019
    I received an e-arc of this book from Edelweiss plus in exchange for an honest review While Love & Other Curses has so many fun things going on with the sassy grandmas and drag queens all around, this book doesn?t shy around from heavy topics such as death, gender and sexualit...
  • Noa ☾
    Mar 27, 2019
    *ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review* This was such a disappointment. The story in itself wasn't bad. I liked the plot, the characters seemed cool and diverse (drag, trans and gay rep) which was amazing. There were some elements that would've made me absol...
  • Jill Jemmett
    May 22, 2019
    This book was so much fun to read. It was fast paced so I read it in two sittings. I read most of it in just a couple of hours. The ending of the first few chapters gave hints of what was to come, but kept me guessing. It was difficult to find a good place to stop reading! The story...
  • Hailey
    Jun 04, 2019
    another YA involving drag queens that?s left me disappointed, which is truly so saddening! while i really appreciated and enjoyed the book?s discussion of the crucial differences between drag as an art form and the lived experience of trans folks, the plot was so muddled up in magi...
  • Colline Vinay Kook-Chun
    Apr 25, 2019
    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 ...
  • Michelle
    May 19, 2019
    I really loved this book. There was a lot to it, with many important relationships in Sam's life. There were plenty of plot twists, mistakes, and interesting revelations along the way to keep the pages turning. I am a fan of Michael Thomas Ford, and this one was very riveting. ...
  • Virginia
    May 01, 2019
    I?m not sure how to rate this book tbh. For me, what I Wanted was something lighter than what I got, and if all books could come with an ?unrequited? tag next to the romance that would be great, bc I pretty much never want to read an honest look at terrible teens navigating Feeli...
  • Ashley
    Jun 08, 2019
    I have inadvertently continued a theme with my reading for Pride Month, as this is yet another fantastic LGBT YA title. Though certain parts of it made me a tad bit uncomfortable (mostly the sexual stuff, which I hate reading while in public), I really enjoyed the premise, characters, ...
  • Samantha
    Jun 22, 2019
    DNF at 50% I have a lot of feelings about this book and there were many things I didn?t like. I?m not even gonna bother focusing on the things that were okay or done well, because I?m choosing to focus on the negatives & potentially harmful content. In regards to the ...
  • Anita Delp
    Sep 07, 2018
    I love this book! Written in a comfortable style with some familiar movements and themes, it is easy to read without thinking too hard about what is actually happening. However, if you really, really read it the colors are blindingly vivid! So many issues are touched on without digging...
  • Jenn
    Mar 10, 2019
    [@hccfrenzy sent me this ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!] - Love & Other Curses is magical, queer, heartfelt and hopeful. Ford managed to explore sexuality and pronouns and what it means to be family in a very open and real way. There is room for mistakes and gro...
  • Diverse Reads
    Aug 29, 2018
    Resources: ? An early review outlines how the protagonist misuses pronouns for drag queens, even after being informed, and how a transgender character is deadnamed and misgendered by their transmisic parents. ...
  • Sarah
    Jun 24, 2019
    This took me so long to read, holy cow. I was really intrigued by the description of the book when I found it in the library so I decided to give it a shot. The story is about Sam and how he's dealing with a curse that has haunted his family for generations. There was never really any ...
  • Andy Winder
    Dec 20, 2018
    This book! Features an unrequited crush! Between a gay cis man and a straight trans man! Can you tell how excited I am for this?? Even though it's not quite romance, it's still important representation. I'm still waiting for the day the YA romance between a cis and trans guy will come ...
  • Hal Schrieve
    Nov 08, 2018
    Content warning: this review contains spoilers and references to NSFW content+suicidal characters. I am convinced that the spoilers and content is necessary for a complete review that will be useful to readers, librarians, and to the author. Sam is a gay boy in a small town in upsta...
  • Malanie
    Sep 01, 2018
    ARC provided by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review This book is very hard for me to review, because the relationship between Tom and Sammy was SO UNHEALTHY. The plot made me sad, and never felt resolved. There's amazing rep ((which we need more of in YA lit!!)): *MC...
  • Court Smith
    Apr 18, 2019
    3.5/ 5- I had this book on my radar for a few months and was SO excited to see it on the shelf! While the main plot line involving the Wayward curse and Sam was very well executed, I'm sad to say that Tom Swift's character was disappointing. It's fabulous to see a trans character as...