The words that best summaries this book would simply be cute, sweet, easy and light.
Love Fortunes and Other Disasters cover had me wanting this book, I love a cute cover and I’m pretty sure this cover takes the cake. The idea behind this book is actually very inventive and unique – love is real in the town Grimbaud and for generations people have flocked to Zita’s famous love charm shop were they receive a 100% accurate love fortune which will come true. A group of teens who receive bad fortunes group together to take control of their own love fates. I’ve never read anything like this plot before and I found it a breath of fresh air.
This book is full of magic realism. The town of Grimbaud sounds so whimsical and cute full of beautiful old building, canals and statues. A place where love isn’t only a concept but a very really definite thing that is everywhere it is like this towns God. Charm of all different varieties – love, weather, luck, cheating, studying– are used in this magical world.
I didn’t really connect with Fallon at the start of this book she had a cute, if not a bit up tight, feel about her but as the book progressed I started to like her more, she was still a bit immature about things but after all she’s only meant to be 15.
Without a doubt the 100% focus of every character in Love Fortunes and Other Disasters is love. Not just Fallon and Sebastian but also her best friends, Anais and Nico as well as every adult in this book. In this world love is a priority over everything else. Which is why I found it a tad disappointing that I didn’t really like Fallon and Sebastian’s relationship. I thought it was cute and sweet, but nothing really more than that.
Overall this book is very cute and a breeze to get through, the writing is easy and light, and the main theme is romance (who doesn’t like that). It did feel like maybe it was geared at younger readers then your typical YA book but after all the characters are just 15 so that makes sense.