Love Fortunes & Other Disasters

Kimberly Karalius

Published May 2015

Grimbaud #1

This book solidly falls into the category “picked up based on the cover”, and I am really glad I did. Love Fortunes and other Disasters is a pretty adorable story, (both inside and out) with interesting characters and a unique plot line.

There comes a time during the year that I don’t want to be tricked by plot twists, I don’t want to end on a cliffhanger, and it seems that the only thing that will satisfy me, is a good old fashioned happy ending. Love Fortunes and other Disasters, is EXACTLY what I needed.

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? 

The story was predictable, but in a good way.  It was fun, fast paced, and again,  adorable. The allure of the town of Grimbaud is that everyone is looking for love; and I think that fact in itself is something many can relate to. The town revolves around Love, and Love is even personified as a physical being, which is creative. Love is not just a feeling, but a character with feelings and motives.  I will say though, at first I didn’t realize how fictional Grimbaud was.  I started reading this with the idea that I had picked up a YA contemporary, or a new age novel, but NOPE.   Grimbaud, and the stories that take place there border on fantasy, and once I realized this, I enjoyed it immensely.  I admit I felt like a giant dolt once I realized I was taking everything way more seriously than it was meant to be.

“Life is about making mistakes. If you don’t take chances, blindfolded and frightened as you are, you’re not really living, are you? Heartache makes you stronger. Misery is the stuff of good poetry. You’re denying yourself much more than the bad things in life by listening to Zita’s fortunes.” 

The big problem I had with the book, and the reason I gave it four stars instead of five on Goodreads, were the ages of the main characters. I understand YA novels and their appeal to, obviously, younger audiences, but anytime a 15 year old is talking about marriage I get the creeps.  In that sense, the main character, Fallon, was advocating for a more adult like approach to love, but it was still a bit old fashioned being driven completely by love and relationships rather then school or self discovery.  In my opinion, if the characters were graduating high school rather than starting it, or even for that matter, starting college, the story would have been a lot more reasonable.

Overall, I liked this book, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting a fun and quick read, or a book to pull them out of a slump.  Plus, have I mentioned how cute it is?!

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