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ARC Book Review: The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre

3.5 - 4/5 stars

The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre by Robin Talley 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 explanation, and the cast and crew make a list of actions that could possibly be triggering the curse. But when one of the possible triggers is Melody's love life, it throws in a whole new drama when Melody starts to fall for one of the actors, Odile Rose.

First off, as someone who did theater all throughout high school, this book was a wave of nostalgia and brought back all the happy memories of theater. Every little thing brought up in the book is exactly how I remembered it; from the gossip between crew about the cast and vice versa, to actors being over the top and entitled, and even to the superstitious beliefs of theater. It had it all!

I especially liked the book's format. It's set up as if you were watching a play with Scenes, an Intermission, and additions of notes, cast list, and more. It was very unique and added to the enjoyment of the book.

The characters are fun and lovable, but I especially loved Odile. Her story was very intriguing and heartfelt. Plus, to me, she's absolutely adorable and sweet. There were points I felt some of the characters were being unnecessarily harsh to Melody when it came to the curse and her love life. No one else had to really give something up or do anything personal for the curse, so it put all the stress and expectation on Melody. It frustrated me; however, those are sometimes the dramatics of high school theater.

Overall, this book is very cute and an enjoyable read, and I look forward to more books by Robin Talley! You don't have to love theater in order to love this book!

I received an early copy from the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

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