Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius
Feiwel and Friends, 2015. 978-1-250-04720-5. Paperback, 9.99.
Fallon Dupree is attending Grimbaud High- a Boarding School where her family has attended for generations.
The town personifies LOVE. Every place, every shop, every statue, every Thing is devoted to Love. When you arrive at school, you receive your love fortune from Zita’s Love Charms Shop. They are never wrong. Generations of her family have found their true love here, through the fortune.
When Fallon receives a fortune saying “your love will never be requited,” she is devastated- and decides to fight against it- joining a small group who believe Zita’s hold on the town must be broken.
This is a cute, sweet story with some interesting twists- some you see coming; others are more subtle. An easy read that will make you chuckle, then very forgettable. Simple kissing makes it appropriate for 6th/7th/8th grade. There are discussion questions for book groups in the end papers. The message that your first love as a 9th grader will be your love forever, however, is just plain nauseating.
Kissing, some violence, lots of LOVE!