Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius - NO

Karalius, Kimberly Love Fortunes and Other Disasters, 340 pages. Feiwel and Friends Swoon Reads, 2015.  $9.99.  Language: (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.  

Fallon Dupree, age 15, has recently arrived in the town of Grimbaud, a tourist town dedicated to the idea of romantic love.  She has been anxious to arrive and have her annual, 100%-accurate love fortune told, but is devastated when the fortune foretells a lonely existence without ever finding the one who will love her back.  She is befriended by a small group of malcontents, recruited to help challenge the love fortune business and free the population to determine their own love destinies.

This is a poorly composed book, seeming at times to be written by multiple people unaware of what has been established in other scenes.   Words and phrases are used incorrectly.  The cast of characters lack depth, and the main character herself is an unlikable snob who changes very little over the course of the book.  The situations are dull; the attempt at action at the end of the book is predictable.  The setting, both time and place, was impossible to establish.  It was clear, however, what kind of light the streetlamps put out – a detail that was mentioned at least six times.  The author’s revelation in the included “coffee date” that the book was written while listening to music at least clarified why it was so terrible.  The best thing about this book is the adorable cover illustration by Zara Picken. 


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