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2015 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention: Love Spell by Mia Kerick

Love Spell by Mia Kerick
Gay Young Adult
Paperback: 124 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (April 21, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1511831855
ISBN-13: 978-1511831857
Amazon: Love Spell
Amazon Kindle: Love Spell

Strutting his stuff on the catwalk in black patent leather pumps and a snug orange tuxedo as this year’s Miss (ter) Harvest Moon feels so very right to Chance César, and yet he knows it should feel so very wrong. As far back as he can remember, Chance has been “caught between genders.” (It’s quite a touchy subject; so don’t ask him about it.) However, he does not question his sexual orientation. Chance has no doubt about his gayness—he is very much out of the closet at his rural New Hampshire high school, where the other students avoid the kid they refer to as “girl-boy.” But at the local Harvest Moon Festival, when Chance, the Pumpkin Pageant Queen, meets Jasper Donahue, the Pumpkin Carving King, sparks fly. So Chance sets out, with the help of his BFF, Emily, to make “Jazz” Donahue his man. An article in an online women’s magazine, Ten Scientifically Proven Ways to Make a Man Fall in Love with You (with a bonus love spell thrown in for good measure), becomes the basis of their strategy to capture Jazz’s heart. Quirky, comical, definitely flamboyant, and with an inner core of poignancy, Love Spell celebrates the diversity of a gender-fluid teen.


I loved Chance and his quirky, flamboyant personality. It's great when a character leaps right off the page at you, and that's what happens in this book.

While this book started out a bit silly, with a narrator I thought would be over-the-top and goofy, it turned out to be a sweet and well-written tale. I loved Chance, the narrator, and how sweet he turned out to be after his initial shallow impression.


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