Friday, June 26, 2015

Love Fortunes and Other Disasters Review

Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius
Release Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Pages: 368
Keywords: romance, high school, fortune telling
Format Read: finished copy (signed!)
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Love is real in the town of Grimbaud, and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Duprees have successfully followed the (100% accurate!) love fortunes from Zita’s famous Love Charms Shop to happily marry their high school sweethearts. It’s a tradition. So she is both stunned and devastated when her fortune states that she will NEVER find love.
Fortunately, Fallon isn’t the only student with a terrible love fortune, and a rebellion is brewing. Fallon is determined to take control of her own fate—even if it means working with a notorious heartbreaker like Sebastian.
Will Fallon and Sebastian be able to overthrow Zita’s tyranny and fall in love?

I absolutely adore this cover. The whole book is beautiful, and I so wish that were just the start of my praises, but sadly, it's one of the high points of the book. The illustrations are so cute and fit so well with how I pictured this town, and I want to keep the book because it's so pretty, but I really really don't want it taking up precious space on my (NYC tiny) shelf.

The premise was pretty cool—an entire town ran by the love fortunes passed out by Zita, a mysterious, never-seen woman who always gets everything right. Her fortunes are so trusted that there aren't even other love fortune tellers in the area. The whole town centers their lives around their fortunes, and everyone looks up to this mysterious woman and trusts her completely.

But my issues with the book begin there. Everyone goes to get their love fortune once a year until they're married, I guess? It doesn't really explain when you stop going. They start, however, during their first year of high school. 14 years old. And these kids take it SO SERIOUSLY. Literally all they think about is getting married and having kids, and I spent the whole time wondering why the hell they even go to school. Sure, it seems like to learn and get a career, but on top of that, family trades seem incredibly important to all the characters, and most follow in the footsteps of their parents and older siblings. So I ask again, if their careers and planned and their marriage is planned, what is the actual point of school? It can't be learning because no one ever seems to do any school work aside from comment on how they should study for finals. We're told that this is simply because of "tradition," but no other explanation is given, so I simply didn't buy it.

But I tried to suspend the disbelief. I really did. I was behind the kids trying to overtake Zita. They had enough and the kids with bad fortunes decided they wanted to write their own history. The twins that incited the group seemed cool, but they popped up out of nowhere, and I had no reason to trust or believe them. They didn't even verify that they too had bad fortunes. I just had too many questions that the book absolutely did not begin to answer.

I was also really bugged about the logistics of the town and their relationships. The high school freshman had their own apartments. I would buy a dorm-style sort of thing, but it's implied they clean and cook and are tenants of actual apartment buildings. Hm. In addition, it's said that this is away from Fallon's hometown, yet her family seems to have this super crazy reputation of being crazy health inspectors. But they don't live in the town, and some people haven't heard of them, and their legacy seems to be health inspectors, but Fallon makes it to be like their family reputation is staked on her getting married (at fourteen, apparently?).

Aside from these main issues, the dialogue was cheesy (not in a great way) and it pulled me out of the story quite a bit from groaning. I felt like a super-grown up. Maybe I'm just too old for this? But even in high school, I would think it's completely ridiculous and groan-worthy to be this sappy and irritating. And at one point a character laughed at the idea of a true love's kiss. As if staking your entire future on a love fortune in high school was totally normal but it was absolutely ridiculous to think about true love's kiss? There were major consistency issues here.

Unless you're really into sappy romance plots and don't mind consistency issues with plot, I'd honestly skip this one. I kept thinking it was going to explain plot issues, and I was pretty disappointed with the result. 

1 comment:

  1. I really liked it. Thanks for sharing the reviews. Helpful. Interesting site. keep up the good work :)


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