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Love is real in the town of Grimbaud and Fallon Dupree has dreamed of attending high school there for years. After all, generations of Dupree's 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?
"Now you know a terrible secret about me," Sebastian said lightly. "Not the secret you want to know, but this is a good one. I've kept this from every girl I've ever dated."
"I don't think they'd understand."
"There are less bizarre ways to scare a girl off." Sebastian sighed. "I prefer the regular breakup speech. It's straightforward and quick."
"It hurts them either way."
He sounded bored. "Don't we break each other's hearts anyway? That's our world. We're born with china toys in our bodies and we let people smash them over and over again."
She dismissed his comment as a defense. "So what does recording silence have to do with it?"
"Nothing. You were right before, guessing that this was a hobby of mine. I like to wander Grimbaud at night when people are asleep. Sometimes before the sun rises. And whenever I find a patch of quiet, I record it."
"Why don't you just listen to blank tapes?"
"Too artificial. Sounds that sneak into the recordings mean something. They help the quiet seem real. They're probably sounds that you would hear even if this town never existed."
Fallon wished she could see his face better in the darkness. Who was this boy who spoke such heavy things? Did someone trade places with the cold heartbreaker she knew?
“An unusual love story that will delight readers.” —School Library Journal
"Utterly charming. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters is the kind of book you sit down and read and are immediately swept away into a realistic magical world where love charms usually work, the small shops contain hidden secrets and Love is on everyone’s mind every day. I am infatuated.” —The Windy Pages
"Definitely one of my favorites of the year. I am now a walking, talking heart-eye emoji after reading this book.” —Catherine Tinker, Swoon Reader
"Kim's work is full of magic, wonder, adventure and excitement." —MochiManiac, Swoon Reader
"The writing is delicious, and the plot clever and new. The story rings true, consistent and soundly set in the realm of magical-realism. Defintely swoonworthy!" —Janelle, Swoon Reader
"I adored this novel. I read it while my high school students took their final exams, and I was bursting inside to share this curious world–this romantic world of magic, loyal friendships, and romantic possibility–with my students." —Jenni N., Swoon Reader
"A whimsical, dreamy breath of fresh air." —Kristianna, Swoon Reader
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