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    I had a wonderful time with this book

    It was such a lovely book. Really fun and charming. It was the first book I’d read from the author and it was a very nice first impression. I’m looking forward to read more of her books. I was very skeptical for the first chapters. I was thinking I’d choose the wrong books because it took me a while to feel interested on the story and also because I really wasn’t liking the sense of humor that much. I did struggle with some things until the end, but that might be because YA isn’t really my favorite genre. I still enjoyed the book a lot because the characters were great. I liked Chance, he was a little fun at times, a little annoying at others. One of the things I liked about him was the internal dialogue about how insecure he was. It was interesting to see how he could portray something so different than he was really feeling. Even though I liked that from him, the character I liked the most was Jazz, because he seem so genuine. He was really sweet and sometimes I felt so bad for him because of all the tactics Chance had and how confusing that could have been for him. He was lovely. Overall, even with the issues I had, I had a wonderful time with this book. Considering I’m not much of a YA fan, I can only imagine how much more fun it would be for readers who love the genre.
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    Young Adult story with a genderfluid lead

    That was a refreshing change. An actual genderfluid character (even though Chance was reluctant to put himself in that box) and YA too. I really appreciated the struggle Chance had of trying to decide where he fit in the spectrum. But his struggles don't over shadow (or excuse) the fact that Chance is very often self-absorbed (he's a teenager, after all) to the point where he almost tipped over into irredeemable, but luckily this was tempered with moments of kindness that had me rooting for him all over again. Jasper is a sweetheart, and a nice contrast to Chance. The story idea has probably been done before and I could have told Chance it wouldn't work from the beginning. In fact there were moments when I suffered some serious second hand embarrassment on Chance's behalf while he tried to get Jasper to fall in love with him by following one of those online ' 10 ways...' articles. I would say that for the first few pages I found Chance exhausting (it is told purely from his POV), but once I got used to him this soon settled down, so I urge you to give this book a chance to grow on you. It's worth it, because it is a fun look at some serious issues, and it's so rare to have a genuine genderfluid character. Give Chance a chance.
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    A Fascinating Yet Self-Absorbed Character

    There was a lot about Love Spell that I simply didn’t find myself clicking with. On the surface, the book sounded amazing. From the exploration of gender fluidity, to the blossoming romance between Chance and Jasper, and the marvelous inclusion of a Miss Harvest Moon title that Chance so obviously wins. But when you delve a little deeper, the important and depth filled pieces of the story and the characters are frustratingly overshadowed by the most obnoxious “how to get the guy” plot device. Our main character, Chance, embarks on a manipulative and immature quest to con—more or less—this guy he finds cute into liking him. Not only are the antics utterly juvenile and ridiculous, but Jazz (Jasper) already clearly shows signs of liking Chance, which ultimately makes all of his terrible decisions that much worse. Chance is a deeply selfish person when it comes down to it, only acting in slightly unselfish ways because he believes it will help him achieve his goal of attaining Jazz’s affections. He remains so focused on this desperate need to follow his plan to get Jazz interested in him and therefore completely ignores the situation this boy he supposedly like has to regularly deal with, practically raising his younger sister as their mother struggles to make ends meet. Chance only ever appears to be surface level compassionate about this as the moment these responsibilities prevent Jazz from calling him, Chance turns into a complete brat. Frankly, I think Jasper is far too mature for Chance and I’m kind of baffled that he continued to like him. As for the story, I wish it had focused less on Chancel’s obsession with “getting the guy.” There were so many opportunities for this novel to actually develop into something meaningful, but like Chance it only ever seemed to scratch the surface in favor of a superficial focus. I really wish I had enjoyed the book more as it had such a great start, but in the end I couldn’t bring myself to care about anyone but Jasper and I ultimately found myself rooting for him to find someone better and experience a relationship with someone who had his best interests in mind because they genuinely cared for him and not because they thought he was super cute. Love Spell didn’t go in the direction I initially thought it would and Chance, though a fascinating character, was just far too self absorbed for me to care about. Hopefully others will find more to appreciate in this novel than I did, especially as it is a fresh take with a truly unique and fun to read character.
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    Loved this story, a great read

    I was given this arc via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was a very uplifting, sweet story of Chance, who is not exactly sure who he is. He's smart and funny and sassy and on his own. His parents work too much and think he's better off raising himself. His BFF Emily supports him in ALL of his efforts and he's got an amazing relationship with her. When he meets Jasper at a pumpkin festival, he's decided he'll do anything it takes to get him to fall for him. Emily and Chance decide to take magazine advice and try manipulative tactics to get him on the hook. And if that doesn't work, they'll attempt a love spell. When Chance discovers that Jazz is taking care of his family and just needs someone to lean on, he's got to decide where he fits and if he fits. I loved this as a young adult book because it's perfect for this age. It's just so sweet and innocent and loving. The way the relationships are formed and how much Jazz loves his sister and mom and even though Chance has never had a real family like that, he totally fits in.
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