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Perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Nina LaCour, this #ownvoices romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley has something for everyone: backstage rendezvous, deadly props, and a seemingly insurmountable obstacle to True Love. Melody McIntyre, stage manager extraordinaire, has a plan for everything. What she doesn’t have? Success with love. Every Perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Nina LaCour, this #ownvoices romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley has something for everyone: backstage rendezvous, deadly props, and a seemingly insurmountable obstacle to True Love. Melody McIntyre, stage manager extraordinaire, has a plan for everything. What she doesn’t have? Success with love. Every time she falls for someone during a school performance, both the romance and the show end in catastrophe. So, Mel swears off any entanglements until their upcoming production of Les Mis is over. Of course, Mel didn’t count on Odile Rose, rising star in the acting world, auditioning for the spring performance. And she definitely didn’t expect Odile to be sweet and funny, and care as much about the play’s success as Mel. Which means that Melody McIntyre’s only plan now is trying desperately not to fall in love.


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Perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Nina LaCour, this #ownvoices romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley has something for everyone: backstage rendezvous, deadly props, and a seemingly insurmountable obstacle to True Love. Melody McIntyre, stage manager extraordinaire, has a plan for everything. What she doesn’t have? Success with love. Every Perfect for fans of Becky Albertalli and Nina LaCour, this #ownvoices romantic comedy from New York Times bestselling author Robin Talley has something for everyone: backstage rendezvous, deadly props, and a seemingly insurmountable obstacle to True Love. Melody McIntyre, stage manager extraordinaire, has a plan for everything. What she doesn’t have? Success with love. Every time she falls for someone during a school performance, both the romance and the show end in catastrophe. So, Mel swears off any entanglements until their upcoming production of Les Mis is over. Of course, Mel didn’t count on Odile Rose, rising star in the acting world, auditioning for the spring performance. And she definitely didn’t expect Odile to be sweet and funny, and care as much about the play’s success as Mel. Which means that Melody McIntyre’s only plan now is trying desperately not to fall in love.

30 review for The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre

  1. 4 out of 5

    Iris

    queer theatre kids queer theatre kids QUEER THEATRE KIDS

  2. 5 out of 5

    nat

    making all the gays hate me by bragging i have an e-arc of this 😎

  3. 4 out of 5

    -ˏˋJamieˊˎ-

    Melody, stage manager extraordinaire???? You cannot tell me that this book wasn't written specifically for me, Jamie, also stage manager extraordinaire (or so I like to think). Melody, stage manager extraordinaire???? You cannot tell me that this book wasn't written specifically for me, Jamie, also stage manager extraordinaire (or so I like to think).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Leah Waters

    I LOVED this book! Which I honestly didn't expect because I don't care about theater at all, but this book was such a joy to read. I highly recommend it to fans of rom coms, contemporary, theater--or just reading in general. :) I LOVED this book! Which I honestly didn't expect because I don't care about theater at all, but this book was such a joy to read. I highly recommend it to fans of rom coms, contemporary, theater--or just reading in general. :)

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sophie

    I’m sad because I really, really wanted to like this book. As soon as I learned about it I was so excited to read it because 1) sapphic romance, 2) theater kids and especially 2.5) backstage theater kids, 3) they’re doing Les Mis!! my fav musical!! and 4) a curse? ooooh sounds mysterious! Sadly, the more I read, the less I enjoyed it. The biggest problem for me, was that I just couldn’t stand Melody, our main character. Which, when you don’t like the main character in a story, it’ll be way more d I’m sad because I really, really wanted to like this book. As soon as I learned about it I was so excited to read it because 1) sapphic romance, 2) theater kids and especially 2.5) backstage theater kids, 3) they’re doing Les Mis!! my fav musical!! and 4) a curse? ooooh sounds mysterious! Sadly, the more I read, the less I enjoyed it. The biggest problem for me, was that I just couldn’t stand Melody, our main character. Which, when you don’t like the main character in a story, it’ll be way more difficult to simply enjoy so. Mel was, frankly, a terrible friend. She wouldn’t be there for them, or support them, and then she’d be “but why are they acting like that???”. And lie. She would lie, lie, lie. I couldn’t enjoy this book because of the way things happened. First stop, the Beaconville High School theater tech booth, last stop, Broadway. It started with the crew choosing the superstition for their next show to be “Melody can’t fall in love”. Sounds easy at first. But then you have Mel, 16, who fell in love with like, a dozen people already. And the crew says it’s because every time Melody was dating someone during a show, there’d be problems, so THAT was the problem, which, honestly, sounds fake. I mean, the book starts with Mel’s girlfriend breaking up with her right during a show, during opening night but people kept saying it was Mel’s fault she kind of screw lights during the most difficult part. I want to say that this happened in the first chapter, and at that point I still liked Melody, and I was so angry at her (ex-)girlfriend to do that right in the middle of the show. But it was Melody’s fault alright… Melody agrees to the superstition, saying it’d be “easy”, when she at the same time she says she falls in love very easily, so you can see there’s going to be a problem. Then the crew decides to not tell the cast about this superstition and invent a false one for them??? The crew/cast hate was too strong for me… You’re part of the same show! You gotta trust each other! But noooo, it got to the point where one of Mel’s friend, who was doing sound, said he’d like to audition for the next show, and she acted so betrayed and shocked? At this point, I was already thinking I wasn’t going to like this book as much as I thought I would be. Then comes the love interest, Odile (who at one point says she feels like a failure because she’s 18 and has only gone out with one (1) people in total and??? Please don’t. This wasn’t even corrected, do not put something like that in a YA book where most readers would be teenagers that are easily suggestible). She is an actress, but more than that, she already staged on Broadway and is going to be in a big movie and all. Melody at first is like, rolling her eyes at Odile but the moment they meet and talk she switched to “oh she’s the most amazing!!!”. There weren’t even chemistry between the two of them. Mel kept her usual self of “uuugh actors, I loathe them” but the second it was about Odile she’d be all heart eyes. Right. They need to stop doing that. We’re all supposed to be one team, and we have to support each other. well maybe if YOU started doing that…. She’d start putting Odile above everything and everyone else. Her friends would try to warn her but she’d be “noooo there’s nothing going all at all :)”. Even putting Odile above her dream production of Les Mis, which didn’t sound like the person we met at the beginning? The one her girlfriend broke up with her because she was too focused on her show instead of her partner? That. Didn’t make sense. And of course, lying. She lies to Odile, not telling her to the truth about the superstition and the curse, she lies to her friends and everyone on the show, pretending to the crew she’s following the superstition while she’s secretly dating Odile. Mel even says at one point she despises secrets. Well that certainly doesn’t seem like it. “You don’t make up for lying to someone by lying to them more.” SAY IT LOUDER While I disliked many things in this book, I really enjoyed how it was structured, like a real play. We’d have act 1 and act 2, with scenes in them with the location that would make chapters. We’d have an intermission between the two acts, with real short chapters, full on dialogues, that felt really like an intermission. I really liked that. And at the end of each chapter there’d be some additional notes, like a cast list, or schedule for rehearsals and stuff. That really made the book feel like a show. But, if you’re not into musical theater, I think it’d be hard to enjoy this book. Especially if you don’t know much about Les Mis, then you’d be really lost. For fans, like me, I enjoyed all the aspects of theater and Les Mis, but for someone who doesn’t know it, it’d be hard. I received this book from Edelweiss and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. you can also read this review on my blog

  6. 4 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Alexandra Nae Before picking up this book, I wondered, “will this be my new favourite?”. I asked myself that question because everything about The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is right up on my alley and I was really looking forward to reading it. Now that I’ve finished it, I have the answer to that innocent question: a big fat YES. With humour and wit, great writing style, relatable characters, irresistible and swoony sapphic romance, and a flai Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Alexandra Nae Before picking up this book, I wondered, “will this be my new favourite?”. I asked myself that question because everything about The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is right up on my alley and I was really looking forward to reading it. Now that I’ve finished it, I have the answer to that innocent question: a big fat YES. With humour and wit, great writing style, relatable characters, irresistible and swoony sapphic romance, and a flair of drama and theatricality, The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is one story that will stay with you for a long time. The writing style of the author is light and full of humour, but it also packs quite a punch when needed. There’s also something so beautiful with the storytelling in this book, particularly in the part where Mel and Odile were getting to know each other. In the book, there was a section full of dialogues (and only dialogues) and yet, I could clearly visualise Mel and Odile falling in love. Read the FULL REVIEW on The Nerd Daily

  7. 4 out of 5

    Izzie

    This was such a lovely, sweet sapphic read and I had such a good time reading it. If you’re looking for something fun, lighthearted, queer, and totally theatre geek centred this is the perfect book for you.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    It's been a while since I've read a book I've disliked this much. I felt like it would never end, it was physically painful to read this. It's entirely too long for a YA contemporary, but I would never complain about that if it was good. But it really, really wasn't. I was bored out of my mind reading this, and the writing was awful and just... made no sense at times. I've loved Robin Talley's historical fiction novels I've read (Pulp and Music From Another World), but I really wouldn't recommen It's been a while since I've read a book I've disliked this much. I felt like it would never end, it was physically painful to read this. It's entirely too long for a YA contemporary, but I would never complain about that if it was good. But it really, really wasn't. I was bored out of my mind reading this, and the writing was awful and just... made no sense at times. I've loved Robin Talley's historical fiction novels I've read (Pulp and Music From Another World), but I really wouldn't recommend this one, unless you truly can't get enough of theatre.

  9. 5 out of 5

    sarah

    Huge thank you to HarperCollins for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review! I’ll hand it to Robin Talley- for someone who was not part of high school theatre, she certainly can write the outrageous amount of unworthy stress that theatre kids put on themselves in a truthful manner. The first chapter of this book is oddly one of the most stressful things I’ve ever read? The mere thought of someone breaking up with a stage manager DURING a show while they are ACTIVELY CALLING CUES made m Huge thank you to HarperCollins for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review! I’ll hand it to Robin Talley- for someone who was not part of high school theatre, she certainly can write the outrageous amount of unworthy stress that theatre kids put on themselves in a truthful manner. The first chapter of this book is oddly one of the most stressful things I’ve ever read? The mere thought of someone breaking up with a stage manager DURING a show while they are ACTIVELY CALLING CUES made me feel like I was going to break out in hives. The story made me nostalgic for my theatre days, so we’ll call that a win. Ultimately this isn’t my favourite book Talley has released, but I think it’s fun enough! A lot of the situations and the way students acted seemed a bit too outlandish at times, and drew me out of the story a bit, but the romance is really what saves it. Odile was by far my favourite character, and truly I think she’s the most well written aspect of the book! Whether you were a theatre kid or you’re simply one at heart, this story will make you yearn for the days of seeing live theatre.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Skip

    This is very different in terms of style than the books I’m usually reading, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. I found the writing to be refreshing and perhaps that’s due to it being YA, but it’s definitely also down to the writer. Melody is the stage manager for the performing arts productions at her high school. She’s known as a serial monogamist, even as a junior. Like most people involved in theatre she follows a number of superstitions and her crew manages to convince her that for the sak This is very different in terms of style than the books I’m usually reading, but I really enjoyed it nonetheless. I found the writing to be refreshing and perhaps that’s due to it being YA, but it’s definitely also down to the writer. Melody is the stage manager for the performing arts productions at her high school. She’s known as a serial monogamist, even as a junior. Like most people involved in theatre she follows a number of superstitions and her crew manages to convince her that for the sake of their productions she needs to be single or the curse will strike again. Odile is the school success story. She’s already been to Broadway, featured on some TV shows and is up for a movie. She returns to school for her senior year, adding a certain star quality to the school musical. The majority of the book explores the things that take place in order to put on a musical - in this case Les Miserables. I love musicals, did perform in them at school, but have managed to not somehow not see Les Mis, so some of the references went over my head a little bit - but it didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the narrative. Both the narrative surrounding Mel and Odile falling for each other, and the storyline of the curse and the production itself work really well, especially when they intertwine. Naturally as the book centres on a group of teenagers there are some moments of drama but none of it feels out of place or overblown. All of the characters, even the bit part ones, fit in the narrative and despite the large ensemble I was able to keep track of who was who - which is an achievement on Talley’s part as far as I’m concerned. I also really enjoyed the diversity throughout the book. It’s a longer book than I was expecting, but I still read it one sitting as it became quite the page turner and was very disappointed when it finished. I received an e-ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Tilly

    3 stars After reading Robin Talley's "Music from another world", I was really excited to read this book! A queer romance based on a school production of Les Miserables? What's not to like?! Sadly quite a bit... Firstly the things I enjoyed. This was a fun book, it made me smile and I did enjoy reading it. I haven't read a YA book so focused on theatre (especially backstage) before so that was really interesting. Also I adore Les Miserables so I enjoyed all the references and could picture the set a 3 stars After reading Robin Talley's "Music from another world", I was really excited to read this book! A queer romance based on a school production of Les Miserables? What's not to like?! Sadly quite a bit... Firstly the things I enjoyed. This was a fun book, it made me smile and I did enjoy reading it. I haven't read a YA book so focused on theatre (especially backstage) before so that was really interesting. Also I adore Les Miserables so I enjoyed all the references and could picture the set and hear the songs in my head. I also loved that there was a bi lead female who wasn't afraid to be herself, has two gay dads and there isn't any homophobia in the book from any of the characters. That was a breath of fresh air. What I didn't enjoy was how over the top aloy of it was. Firstly our lead female Melody is 16 years old yet she has been in love more times than she can count?? Just no. I also felt there was a lack of chemistry between Melody and Odile (her love interest). Alot of the drama was very high school, which I realise they are in but to make a YA book enjoyable for more ages, you have to have a character that everyone can relate to and a story that isn't so immature. Melody's problems in general just felt OTT and really blown out of proportion. If you haven't seen or read Les Miserables, you may get a little lost in this book. Also I definitely wouldn't have enjoyed it if I didn't have an interest in theatre and musicals. The idea of a curse of the theatre was interesting at first but got really silly. There is much more to say on that but I don't want to gice away any spoilers! The character development of the main characters was also really lacking and there were so many side characters, I often got a little lost with all the names. Overall it was a cute queer YA read but the fun was overshadowed by alot of ridiculous drama. Please note that I was gifted this book in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Taschima

    "If I fall in love, the musical's doomed." A young adult rom com in which the stage manager, who everybody says is cursed, falls in love with one of the actresses and shenanigans ensue. The book was structured beautifully, and reading it was a breeze (even though it felt quite long for a light rom com). The romance part was of course my favorite part, as it has a tiny bit of forbidden romance vibe to keep you on your toes. Mel and Odile are really super sweet with each other and communicate i "If I fall in love, the musical's doomed." A young adult rom com in which the stage manager, who everybody says is cursed, falls in love with one of the actresses and shenanigans ensue. The book was structured beautifully, and reading it was a breeze (even though it felt quite long for a light rom com). The romance part was of course my favorite part, as it has a tiny bit of forbidden romance vibe to keep you on your toes. Mel and Odile are really super sweet with each other and communicate in a real natural way. The one thing that brought the whole thing down for me was Mel's friends and how dramatic they can be. I felt like it was extremely unfair of the other kids to expect Melody to prevent herself from dating/falling in love for the amount of time it took them to get through the production. The whole curse thing worked for the story, but it did make me really mad when the team came at Melody for the ridiculous curse and she just... accepted it. It just rubs me the wrong way, even though that is the only way the book could have feasibly gone. It seems theater kids are really super dramatic, who knew!? They blamed everything that went wrong on Mel, while expecting her to continue doing her job perfectly under such scrutiny. Mel was not perfect by any means. She could be super into her job, the hours these kids spent on the theater department really makes you wonder how they could also keep up with their grades, to the point where she would neglect her relationships and friends. This is why the first scene we get Rachel, her then girlfriend, breaking up with her WHILE A SHOW WAS GOING ON, and even that somehow gets blamed on Melody later. Give this girl a break, this is high school, not Broadway. Odile was a surprise. She is this very talented actress, who has been already on Broadway and was cast for a Martin Scorsese movie. Everybody idolizes her, but she just wants to enjoy her senior year like any other kid. Broadway, movies, etc., are not all glamour and it can be quite lonely when you are left alone to tackle these things. Her trepidation with where her future career makes her vulnerable, also she is a huge theater nerd which is what attracted Mel to her in their first real conversation. Overall super cute YA rom com with LGBTQ+ rep. Robin Talley makes reading about the backstage prep of the theater super interesting, and her writing is pretty seamless. The "obstacle" between Mel and Odile could be a tad over the top unbelievable, specially how the theater kids reacted to it, which kind of took me out of the reading rhythm.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Alexa Blart, Library Cop

    Pandered directly to the former theatre kid in me, but with a cute queer couple. Needless to say, I loved it.

  14. 5 out of 5

    mafe

    theater but make it extra gay

  15. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie Rhoades

    Was this cute? Absolutely. And I was enjoying it all through the first half. But I hate the ending. To me, having Mel apologize to the whole cast and crew constantly for things that weren't her fault was ridiculous. Yes, she made some mistakes, and obviously lying isn't cool, but the crew and cast put a huge amount of blame on someone who gave 200% to the show. Nobody else took any responsibility for their parts in this. It switched to a moral of "things don't have to be perfect" at the end and Was this cute? Absolutely. And I was enjoying it all through the first half. But I hate the ending. To me, having Mel apologize to the whole cast and crew constantly for things that weren't her fault was ridiculous. Yes, she made some mistakes, and obviously lying isn't cool, but the crew and cast put a huge amount of blame on someone who gave 200% to the show. Nobody else took any responsibility for their parts in this. It switched to a moral of "things don't have to be perfect" at the end and nothing flowed properly. And choosing a superstition that Mel can't be in love? What? 1) nobody chooses to fall in love, 2) there was absolutely no proof that her being in a relationship caused any problems, 3) it was absolutely NONE of the crews' business. I was mad the entire ending. Bonus: she was slut shamed so many times in the book and her "friends" rarely came to her defense. Another thing they never apologized for.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC of this wonderful story! This is my first ARC review as well, and it's a memorable one at that. I've not a huge YA collection but The Love Cure of Melody McIntyre had everything in it that I'd consider to make a successful YA novel: I'm going to take inspiration from Melody's highly organised bullet-points here: 1. An exciting theme of theatre: the school's productions offered a wonderful sense of close-knit scenes that made for an excellent mix of the bubbling Thank you to NetGalley for the ARC of this wonderful story! This is my first ARC review as well, and it's a memorable one at that. I've not a huge YA collection but The Love Cure of Melody McIntyre had everything in it that I'd consider to make a successful YA novel: I'm going to take inspiration from Melody's highly organised bullet-points here: 1. An exciting theme of theatre: the school's productions offered a wonderful sense of close-knit scenes that made for an excellent mix of the bubbling chaos of a high-strung cast and crew, in a bustling high school, as well as the unique opportunity to explore the intense characteristics of specific characters, and their relationships as they evolve throughout the story. It was a really true reflection on the high-energy, impulsive and reactionary relationships within the high school setting. 2. But it was also very real in its sense of teaching lessons - combining the striving aspirations (particularly of Melody) with considerations of working within a team. I felt the high-school domain of theatre critiqued the show-business world's cat-like attributes, particularly for the divide of cast and crew. But the final attitudes highlighted that, actually, working together, dispelling blame but uniting for the passions of the collective, is the most powerful force there is. The united sense towards the end of the novel had me cheering for the team! 3. Onto the main action in the show - and the title! Melody, the protagonist as the driven Stage Manager, is depicted as a sixteen year old with an impulsive romance history and I felt I could relate to her sense of selfhood, both in her designated career aspirations, with an organised motivation and passion, and her desires to discover herself and her personal desires. I was surprised to see how many partners Melody had had at the age of 16! But I think what I liked about this spin was her reflection on how genuine/ingenuine these feelings were. As someone who hasn't had those experiences but is a little older than Melody here, it was interesting to see that she admits she is a virgin and that really showed me that her relationships were centred on more than sex - the representation of a bisexual girl in this book was not making a big thing of 'unconventional' relationships (the book doesn't bat an eyelid to the gay teacher or the same-sex parenthood) but questions the meaning of feelings, the desires of adolescence, and ultimately falling in love. I love that this book normalised queer relationships as integral to the story but not significantly a factor of it as a book of 'oh look, this person isn't heterosexual'. I valued that a lot. It did, however, show an idyllic world where high-schoolers wouldn't comment on the fact that Melody had two dads, and the lack of comments on their openly gay teacher were something that (though I hope for a world one day where it is realistic) I couldn't see happening in my own world. But again, I think that the acceptance of these circumstances opened up a greater avenue to draw attention to the meanings behind feelings, not how those feelings look from the outside. I was gripped by this lighter read. It was a heartwarming happy ending kind of book and it brightened the 2 days it took for me to read it! It was super fluffy, and the rollercoaster effect of the relationships I became very quickly invested in, had me hooked all the way through. It was a drama within a drama, and a pleasure to absorb myself into. Whilst maybe not realistic in the more cynical views and situations a high school full of students, even today, might voice on LGBT+ families, it projected a world that aspires to a community love for expressing yourself - and where better to voice that than the theatre?

  17. 4 out of 5

    annikasplatzindieserwelt

    Okay. Off to the barricades: Let’s talk about "The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre"! THIS. BOOK. IS. EVERYTHING.!❤️🎭 Did you ever ask yourself if a book was especially written for you? I did and "The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre" was one of them! This book got me helpless, I just HAD to love it. My inner musical-gay-heart was thriving the whole time whilst reading!💕 The book was full of musical references and oh damn, I LOVED it! Even tho I have to (re-)listen to all of them immediately now!😂 The ch Okay. Off to the barricades: Let’s talk about "The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre"! THIS. BOOK. IS. EVERYTHING.!❤️🎭 Did you ever ask yourself if a book was especially written for you? I did and "The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre" was one of them! This book got me helpless, I just HAD to love it. My inner musical-gay-heart was thriving the whole time whilst reading!💕 The book was full of musical references and oh damn, I LOVED it! Even tho I have to (re-)listen to all of them immediately now!😂 The characters were amazing and especially Mel grew onto me so quickly. This girl owns my heart❤️ But I do also love Odile so much, her and Melody together are the cutest. In general, the characters in this book were awesome! Dom, Gabby, Mel‘s dads, and and and🙌🏻 Also: This book was so GAY. Casually queer, just the way I love it🏳️‍🌈No big coming out drama (even if I love coming out stories so much too!), just queer characters existing and living their lives🥺 The story was such a cute and entertaining one, full of humour, it just made me feel super happy whilst reading it!🥰 And the setting! Musical theatre! My heart (went boom)!🥺😭 I loved it! I was in a Musical theatre group for five years myself and this brought back so many memories and all the feels! (We‘ve played Dance of he Vampires, Fame, You‘re a good man Charlie Brown, Footloose and Little Shop of Horrors, the LSoH references in the book were amazing!💚🌱) I could feel the stress before the performance backstage so much, especially Mel‘s! But hey... stage manager calm! If you haven‘t already realised it: I love this book with all my heart and it has become one of my favourite books! I wish I would have one day more with the book, I’m so sad it‘s already over!🌈💕 But let‘s put it like that: My life would be misérables without that book😌😂 So at everyone: GO AND READ THIS BOOK!❤️🎭 Sincerely, me.💙

  18. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte

    cute & fun romance! i loved learning more about theatre through the book and it was so intriguing to see how much work goes into a musical! melody's friends were super annoying throughout most of the book though, especially gabby. cute & fun romance! i loved learning more about theatre through the book and it was so intriguing to see how much work goes into a musical! melody's friends were super annoying throughout most of the book though, especially gabby.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! 3.5 - 4 stars The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre 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 e ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! 3.5 - 4 stars The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre 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!

  20. 5 out of 5

    USOM

    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) TW: slut shaming More like a 3.5 The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is a charming queer theater rom-com. I've only been exposed to the theater world at a glance, having done a few plays in high school, but there's a lot that goes on for a production. We never even had half as many special effects as the productions in the book! It's a love letter to drama, the power of belief, and figur (Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) TW: slut shaming More like a 3.5 The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is a charming queer theater rom-com. I've only been exposed to the theater world at a glance, having done a few plays in high school, but there's a lot that goes on for a production. We never even had half as many special effects as the productions in the book! It's a love letter to drama, the power of belief, and figuring out our priorities. The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is, as you might expect from a theater book, dramatic. Structured like a play, if you've been intrigued by the behind the scenes of theater, then you will enjoy the blocking diagrams and lighting cues. What I enjoyed the most about this book was the discussion of belief. How much do we let our beliefs, fears, and superstitions control our life? Do we spend our lives looking for signs of these curses coming true? Does that stop us from living? full review: https://utopia-state-of-mind.com/revi...

  21. 5 out of 5

    Max Heimowitz

    If I fall in the love, the musical's doomed. A stage manager falls for an actress during a production of Les Misérables, and due to long-held superstitions, all sorts of disasters ensue. You see, at Melody McIntyre's high school, the theater is supposedly cursed, ever since a disastrous production that led to the theater burning to the ground many, many years ago -- each production since has invited its own set of unruly shenanigans. And this year's production is no different. The best part of thi If I fall in the love, the musical's doomed. A stage manager falls for an actress during a production of Les Misérables, and due to long-held superstitions, all sorts of disasters ensue. You see, at Melody McIntyre's high school, the theater is supposedly cursed, ever since a disastrous production that led to the theater burning to the ground many, many years ago -- each production since has invited its own set of unruly shenanigans. And this year's production is no different. The best part of this book, without a doubt, is the romance. Odile Rose, actress extraordinaire and also 18-year-old high school senior is finally in town (and enrolled in school) long enough to audition and be cast in the school musical, and she catches the eyes of the one and only stage manager, Melody. But Melody is not allowed to fall in love, for any reason. It's the chosen "superstition" for the musical; if Melody falls in love, anything bad that happens, will happen. This book boasts a rather enormous cast of characters, and while at first it seems like it may be overwhelming, they're woven into the story very organically. Each character has its idiosyncrasies, even if they're only on the page for a few moments. From people like Nick, the junior who's never been in a school production, to Dom, Melody's best friend and techie-turned-actor, to Rachel, Melody's most recent ex, or Gabby, Melody's assistant stage manager, or even Melody's dads and the theater teachers, everyone gets their due diligence, and each of their personalities is fleshed out sufficiently. I've sat up in a tech booth, written cues with a stage manager and lighting designer, and watched shows come all together. Robin Talley has a lot of this down to a tee, and while I can't say so for sure, it reads pretty accurately to me! The only reason that I'm hesitant to give this a full 5 star glowing review is that the opening of the book did not hook me. It actually quite irked me. To have the nerve to break up with your girlfriend in the middle of the most complicated set of lighting cues that have to be manually called, and to get angry at her for not paying attention to you, of all people? Melody is running a show, for crying out loud, and your relationship drama and need for undivided attention in the middle of a show is unwarranted, and made me want to scream at Rachel. Because, no <3. We do not do that. Qualms aside, this was incredibly enjoyable, with a delightfully diverse cast of characters and something right up my alley -- musical theater. Not perfect by any means, but an overall feel good story. I was smiling ear-to-ear at the end. I'll just say, sometimes the goofiest, most extravagant of promposals can get to me. I loved it.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Manon the Malicious

    *4.5 Stars* I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is a YA romance about - you guessed it - Melody McIntyre. Melody is the stage manager at her school. In the middle of the fall play Premiere, her girlfriend makes a scene and breaks up with her while the entire teams hears it and it also causes her to mess up the lights she is in charge of. (I'm still angry about it tbh) Anyway, since it's communally known that the school theater is cu *4.5 Stars* I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is a YA romance about - you guessed it - Melody McIntyre. Melody is the stage manager at her school. In the middle of the fall play Premiere, her girlfriend makes a scene and breaks up with her while the entire teams hears it and it also causes her to mess up the lights she is in charge of. (I'm still angry about it tbh) Anyway, since it's communally known that the school theater is cursed, the crew team decides that Melody and her frequent relationships is the problem, cause things seem to go wrong when she's in a relationship during the play and that, for the spring performance, the counter curse should be that Melody doesn't date. Then, they inform her of it and she somehow agrees not to fall in love with anyone. Sounds easy? Yeah, not so much... Especially when rising actress Odile Rose shows up and somehow seems interested in Melody? Melody can't quite believe it... Anyway, I really liked this book. It read it so fast, I just could not stop. I basically read it in one night. I really loved Melody and fell for her hard, even when she drove me mad. I loved being thrown into the theater department, especially in the crew part of it. It's rare that we get to read about this side of things and it was so good. I really loved Odile and Gabby (most of the time) and Dom, the secondary characters were really on point. I also loved to hate Nick and some of the other actors, I actually felt like I was part if the crew... The only reason I didn't rate this 5 stars is that I'm still pissed about a couple things. And some things were just too not okay to me and some characters really should have apologized and didn't. I like apologies. (Except when I owe them to people ofc...) So yeah, great book, I'm just annoying!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christina (A Reader of Fictions)

    TBH I was suspicious when I saw this marketed as a rom-com, because I've read some of Robin Talley's other books, and, even if the endings are happy, there is a lot of sadness in most of them. But this is actually thoroughly fluffy and hits the classic rom-com beats, though it's a bit light on the comedy, at least for my sense of humor. This is deeply theatrical, as a stage manager tries to fight against a possible curse by trying not to fall in love while they stage Les Mis, which of course mea TBH I was suspicious when I saw this marketed as a rom-com, because I've read some of Robin Talley's other books, and, even if the endings are happy, there is a lot of sadness in most of them. But this is actually thoroughly fluffy and hits the classic rom-com beats, though it's a bit light on the comedy, at least for my sense of humor. This is deeply theatrical, as a stage manager tries to fight against a possible curse by trying not to fall in love while they stage Les Mis, which of course means it's going to happen. The plot hits the expected beats, but it's satisfying and entertaining. The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre is very focused on the superstitiousness of the theater and on the dangers of perfectionism. While I don't love that the plot depends on Mel keeping a secret pretty unnecessarily, I did think it worked, because she's trying to spare herself embarrassment, and let's be real in high school that's most people's primary goal. The audiobook is well done, and I'm glad I chose to listen to this book. Araya has an engaging voice and helped me connect with the story. I received this audiobook for free from HarperAudio via LibroFM in exchange for an honest review, as well as an eARC from Edelweiss. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    Robin Talley is my happy place author and The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre did not disappoint. This was cute, fun, and accurately depicts theatre programs as the cults they are. I do wish our love interest was a little more developed because she veered very close to perfect which made her main character 'flaw' (the need to force manufactured perfection) fall a little flat and the resolution was a little too fast-paced in my opinion, but other than that, this was delightful. Robin Talley is my happy place author and The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre did not disappoint. This was cute, fun, and accurately depicts theatre programs as the cults they are. I do wish our love interest was a little more developed because she veered very close to perfect which made her main character 'flaw' (the need to force manufactured perfection) fall a little flat and the resolution was a little too fast-paced in my opinion, but other than that, this was delightful.

  25. 5 out of 5

    ari

    oh my god it’s queer theater kids the only part of this that turned me off and made it 4 stars instead of 5 was the section written entirely in dialogue. it really annoyed me and made it hard to read. otherwise, 5/5. was mel really fucking annoying? yes! but she was trying, and i can vibe with that. also, i just really liked the concept :,)

  26. 4 out of 5

    elysianstories

    well if this wasn‘t one of the most amazing books i‘ve ever read then i don‘t know. a queer book about a high school playing my absolute favorite thing on this earth aka Les Mis? Les Mis references on EVERY PAGE? me being so happy about that fact and also sad because I would give parts of my souls (jk obv) to play in this musical? COUNT. ME. IN.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    this was adoRABLE! from the moment I heard sapphic theatre geeks, I was sold. it was a little bit dramatic at times (well, it is theatre geek centred what do you expect) but I still absolutely loved it!

  28. 5 out of 5

    pia (pixiepia)

    I thought this book was really cute. I liked the central relationship and thought that they were very realistic characters. Unfortunately, this book didn't stand out too much to me. I loved that we saw a lot of diversity in the characters and the general plot was cute and theater-nerdy, I felt that the addition of stage direction and actual parts of the play were awkward and clunky to read. Overall, think that anyone who is a big fan of theater and cute girl-girl relationships would enjoy this b I thought this book was really cute. I liked the central relationship and thought that they were very realistic characters. Unfortunately, this book didn't stand out too much to me. I loved that we saw a lot of diversity in the characters and the general plot was cute and theater-nerdy, I felt that the addition of stage direction and actual parts of the play were awkward and clunky to read. Overall, think that anyone who is a big fan of theater and cute girl-girl relationships would enjoy this book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    mel

    This book was extremely sweet and painful, relatable in a very "core" way, and I did enjoy it a lot. Yes, there were clichés, but I will not complain about them at all. Great coming of age/romance YA book! This book was extremely sweet and painful, relatable in a very "core" way, and I did enjoy it a lot. Yes, there were clichés, but I will not complain about them at all. Great coming of age/romance YA book!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alexx

    Before I dived into this book, I wondered if it will be my next favorite read. Now that I've finished it, I know the answer: a big fat YES. This book was so good, and so funny, and so gay, I can't help but love it so much! From the writing style, the tone, the chemistry of the main characters, the romance, the plot, the theatricality of it all, everything! I knew I would like this book, but I didn't expect to love it this much. Definitely not complaining though! Full review will be posted soon on T Before I dived into this book, I wondered if it will be my next favorite read. Now that I've finished it, I know the answer: a big fat YES. This book was so good, and so funny, and so gay, I can't help but love it so much! From the writing style, the tone, the chemistry of the main characters, the romance, the plot, the theatricality of it all, everything! I knew I would like this book, but I didn't expect to love it this much. Definitely not complaining though! Full review will be posted soon on The Nerd Daily. Find me elsewhere: Instagram | Twitter | Blog

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