Hi friends! This was the book I received for my December Spearcraft Book Box! My mom got me a three month subscription to this book, so I’m excited to see what it entails. Each month you get a new title along with some really cute goodies and things from small artists. While I’m not a Spearcraft rep, I would recommend checking them out.
Synopsis & Quick Thoughts
The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is the latest novel from author Robin Talley. Every semester, stage manager Melody falls in love, and every semester, the school theater performance ends in disaster. So when the spring musical is announced to be Les Mis, Mel swears off relationships until the production is over. But that was before rising star Odile Rose is cast in the musical, and Mel finds herself falling in love.
I read this book in a couple of hours. It’s really cute. As I’ve stated in past reviews, I’m not the biggest consumer of YA contemporary, but this was a fun read for in-between heavier books. While I struggled with the likeability of the main character, this was overall a fun, lighthearted read that I can see many people enjoying.
The concept of this book is super fun. I’d like to disclose that I wasn’t in theater apart from 6th grade, nor do I identify as a part of the LGBTQ+ community. I don’t think this book was written with me in mind nor do I think I am in the position to determine the accuracy or successful nature of what was being portrayed, although I am going to give my feelings as someone outside of those communities. I think the representation in this book was great and very diverse, mainly in terms of queer representation.
The writing style was easy to process and enjoy (clearly, since I read 500 pages in a few hours). The characters seemed realistic and relatable and the stakes were high enough to the characters to matter to the plot but low enough overall that it wasn’t stressful to read about. I think this would be a great book to read poolside or take with you on a roadtrip.
I mainly take issue with Melody, the main character in this book. She was pretty annoying and self-centered, which was made worse in that the central conflict revolves entirely around her. I don’t love plots where the entire crux of the conflict is a result of lying and miscommunication, and, without going into spoilers, that’s essentially what this is. There would really be no issue if the protagonist just…communicated. I think this is a pretty common romance trope, and as someone who doesn’t read romance, it wasn’t something I was expecting but it was something I greatly disliked.
Rating & Final Thoughts
I think The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is a very fair 3.5 out of 5 star read. I don’t have a ton to say about this one, mainly because it was a quick, low stakes read that I enjoyed about as much as I expected to. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re a fan of contemporary romance or looking to add more LGBTQ+ romance to your life.
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