This follows a high-school girl named Rowan, who is seen as kind of an oddball, given that her mother is a famous paranormal author who writes about ghosts. Rowan is a pragmatist and doesn’t believe in anything supernatural.
Rowan then ends up paired with her nemesis — the popular girl named Abby — for a school project for their marketing class. Abby’s idea is to sell love spells to the other students in order to raise money for their teacher’s favorite charity. Rowan agrees to write the spells, mainly because she feels guilty for ruining Abby’s science project years before, so it’s her way of making it up to her. The kicker, however, is that every spell Rowan writes actually works — the people for whom she writes the spells are quickly paired up with their dream person/crush. But as Rowan and Abby quickly learn, the spells only work if Rowan is the author. Abby then becomes more than a bit exploitative, taking advantage of Rowan’s guilt.
Of course, as is often the case, the love spells, things backfire in a significant way, and all sorts of hijinks ensue.
This ended up being a fun witchy story with plenty of drama and a touch of romance. I enjoyed seeing Rowan navigating her friendships (which strained because of the magic), her relationship with her mother, her newly discovered magical abilities, and her new relationship with the hot school jock, Luca. Speaking of Luca, I enjoyed how Rowan came out of her shell once they began dating and loved the tender relationship that developed between the two of them.
All in all, I found Love Spells and Other Disasters to be a light, entertaining story with a sweet romance at its core. It’s clever and engaging with an inventive plot and an admirable heroine that grabbed my attention right from the get-go.