Thursday, June 18, 2015

Book Review: Love Spell

Title Love Spell

Author Mia Kerick

Release Date June 1, 2015

Strutting his stuff on the catwalk in black patent leather pumps and a snug orange tuxedo as this year’s Miss (ter) Harvest Moon feels so very right to Chance C├ęsar, and yet he knows it should feel so very wrong.

As far back as he can remember, Chance has been “caught between genders.” (It’s quite a touchy subject; so don’t ask him about it.) However, he does not question his sexual orientation. Chance has no doubt about his gayness—he is very much out of the closet at his rural New Hampshire high school, where the other students avoid the kid they refer to as “girl-boy.”

But at the local Harvest Moon Festival, when Chance, the Pumpkin Pageant Queen, meets Jasper Donahue, the Pumpkin Carving King, sparks fly. So Chance sets out, with the help of his BFF, Emily, to make “Jazz” Donahue his man.

An article in an online women’s magazine, Ten Scientifically Proven Ways to Make a Man Fall in Love with You (with a bonus love spell thrown in for good measure), becomes the basis of their strategy to capture Jazz’s heart.

Quirky, comical, definitely flamboyant, and with an inner core of poignancy, Love Spell celebrates the diversity of a gender-fluid teen.

The world needs more diverse books and Love Spell is here to help! Love Spell addresses an issue that we don't see in books very often (in YA books especially). The main character, Chance, is gender queer or gender fluid (or one of the other several terms, he can't decide). Though not the biggest focus in the book, his confusion about his identity plays a huge role. While issues like these are being talked about more and more in society, it's still rather rare to see them in books and I commend Mia Kerick for writing a YA book that includes gender fluidity.
And finally I ask myself the only acceptance question that should really matter. Will I ever be able to accept that I don’t fit neatly into any gender box I’ve come across?
My biggest issue with the book is with the actual writing itself. While I understand that Chance was a self-proclaimed drama queen, it was just a bit too over the top for me. Everything bordered on unbelievable. It painted him as more of a stereotypical gay character than anything realistic. If everything was dialed back a notch or two (including the silly slang and hashtags), this book was have been a solid five star book.


4 out of 5 stars

* This book was received from the author in exchange for an honest review. *

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