Love & Other Curses Book Review

Goodreads Summary: 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-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. 

Thoughts: I really enjoyed the relationships that are shown throughout the book and how they shift. I like seeing the relationship Sam forms over the phone with Linda and then seeing the relationship he has with Tom Swift. I like seeing the difference in the relationships Sam has with older people at the Shang Ri La and the grands and then seeing him interact with his peers.

Theres a scene in here that I really enjoy but I dont want to ruin it for any of you. It really just reminds me of my biggest concern dating while trans. I felt it really showed how many things a trans teenager may be thinking about when they date.

While some of the story was choppy and I felt it was disconnected, there were parts I did enjoy. The main problem that I had with this was the last few chapters and I admit I did skim read those. The ending felt rushed and I was not a fan of it. After you discover some secrets out the book drags on and seems like there were unnecessary words added.

Ultimately I would recommend this to teenagers and those of you who enjoy coming of age stories.

You can get this book at Barnes and Noble or look for it at your local library.