In the tradition of Alice Hoffman’s Practical Magic, one girl chooses to change her fortune and her fate by falling in love.
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? – Goodreads
Fallon is a big believer of true love. She picked her high school based on that fact of love. What Fallon doesn’t expect is her fortune (which everyone gets) to states “your love will never be requited.” Love, Fortunes, and Other Disasters brings up a lot of good questions. If someone or something would tell you about your true love, would you want to find out? There are two of Fallon’s classmates that do not want to know.
What made this book for me was the cast of characters that were in the novel, it helped me overlook some major plot holes. For example, Fallon is fourteen and looking for her future husband. Not only is she looking for him, her parents have been planning her wedding since she decided to go to high school in Grimbaud. I mean, SHE IS FOURTEEN. Why are they talking about her getting married? I get that love is a big deal, but isn’t that a bit much? I get the background and family aspect was important to the story, but it was still weird. Why couldn’t she be a senior? A freshman? Ehhhh.
But her friends? They made the book for me. They were hilarious and all had their reasons to want to bring down the evil Zita. Even Sebastian, the love interest, who was far too swoony and everyone fell in love with him. But they all fell in love with him for good reason, he refused to let anyone get close to his heart, including Fallon. What doesn’t work is the fact that Fallon has nothing to lose. Her fortune has told her she has a life of being a spinster, living with the spinsters, including her school’s librarian who herself is full of sterotypes. Because of this Fallon and Sebastian slowly become friends, full of corny lines and descriptions that I’m not sure would have worked in any other book.
While this reads a little lower level than most YA novels out there, or could even be an upper level middle grade novel, Love, Fortunes, and Other Distasters I found to be super cute novel that will be perfect for the correct reader, even with the plot holes that most friends of mine will not be able to overlook (being a mood reader worked in my favor here.)