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The Love Curse of Melody McIntyre

By: Robin Talley

Melody McIntyre, stage manager extraordinaire, has a plan for everything. Lead actor need a breath mint? She’s on it. Understudy bust a seam? Mel’s sewing kit is at the ready. Not only is her Plan A foolproof, she’s got a Plan B, and a Plan C, because actors can be total fools.

What she doesn’t have? Success with love. Every time she falls for someone during a school performance, both the romance and the show end in catastrophe. So, Mel swears off any entanglements until their upcoming production of Les Mis is over.

Of course, Mel didn’t count on Odile Rose, rising star in the acting world, auditioning for the spring performance. And she definitely didn’t expect Odile to be sweet and funny, and care as much about the play’s success as Mel.

Which means that Melody McIntyre’s only plan now is trying desperately not to fall in love.

ISBN: 9780062409263

JLG Release: Mar 2021


Sensitive Areas: Language: Mild Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes
Topics: High school students , High schools , Lesbian teenagers , LGBTQ , Performing arts , Theater and musicals , Curses , Love and relationships  

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When the Beaconville High School Performing Arts Department announces Les Misérables as its spring musical, stage manager Mel is ecstatic. However, whenever she becomes involved with anyone during the production of a show, a curse seems to plague the performance. So when her fellow techies suggest that she refrain from any romantic entanglements a When the Beaconville High School Performing Arts Department announces Les Misérables as its spring musical, stage manager Mel is ecstatic. However, whenever she becomes involved with anyone during the production of a show, a curse seems to plague the performance. So when her fellow techies suggest that she refrain from any romantic entanglements as they stage the musical, Mel finds herself in a bind, as she is attracted to Odile Rose. Only when tech director Will explains the foolishness of believing in curses does Mel resist peer pressure and stage a dramatic “promposal” at the opening night curtain call, thereby publicly declaring her relationship with her actress girlfriend. Drama abounds—onstage and off—in this spirited tale of high school love and angst. As in Talley’s other novels, gay and bi relationships are accepted as “just part of life” by kids and adults (Mel has two dads, Will is openly gay), allowing the characters to freely discuss their romantic inclinations without backlash, and ethnic and racial diversity is the norm (Mel and Odile are white, Will is Black, and other characters are of various backgrounds). Theatrical jargon is generally explained in context, although “catwalk” is misidentified as a “narrow stretch of wire.” References to Broadway shows, theatrical traditions, and professional-level rehearsal procedures abound, especially in the “Stage Management notes” following each chapter—intriguing for aficionados and instructive for neophytes. The fast-paced dialogue propels the plot to a predictable but satisfying finale. VERDICT An ultra-modern fiesta of theatrical joie de vivre for high school readers.–Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, formerly at LaSalle Academy, Providence

Book Details

ISBN

9780062409263

First Release

March 2021

Genre

Fiction

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 3/10" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

464

Accelerated Reader

N/A

Scholastic Reading Counts

N/A

Lexile

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Harper Teen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Mild Language , Sexual Content: Mild Sexual Content/Themes

Topics

High school students, High schools, Lesbian teenagers, LGBTQ, Performing arts, Theater and musicals, Curses, Love and relationships, 

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Book Genres

Realistic Fiction

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