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I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Spells for Lost Things by Jenna Evans Welch
Published by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers on September 27, 2022
Genres: YA Magical Realism
Source: the publisher
From the New York Times bestselling author of Love & Gelato comes a poignant and romantic novel about two teens trying to find their place in the world after being unceremoniously dragged to Salem, Massachusetts, for the summer.
Willow has never felt like she belonged anywhere and is convinced that the only way to find a true home is to travel the world. But her plans to act on her dream are put on hold when her aloof and often absent mother drags Willow to Salem, Massachusetts, to wrap up the affairs of an aunt Willow didn’t even know she had. An aunt who may or may not have been a witch.
There, she meets Mason, a loner who’s always felt out of place and has been in and out of foster homes his entire life. He’s been classified as one of the runaways, constantly searching for ways to make it back to his mom; even if she can’t take care of him, it’s his job to try and take care of her. Isn’t it?
Naturally pulled to one another, Willow and Mason set out across Salem to discover the secret past of Willow’s mother, her aunt, and the ambiguous history of her family. During all of this, the two can’t help but act on their natural connection. But with the amount of baggage between them—and Willow’s growing conviction her family might be cursed—can they manage to hold onto each other?
I enjoyed Love and Olives by this author, as well as the movie made of the first book in that series, Love and Gelato, so I jumped on the chance to read this one when the publisher reached out to me. And it did not disappoint at all! Both of the main characters had their chapters where we got to see what they were dealing with and how they felt. Of course it was obvious both would end up in the same place, which wasn’t clear at first where or how that would happen. But when they did, I really like how they connected.
The two had their differences that brought them together. For instance Mason has felt very close to his mom in the past, but hasn’t been able to be with her in a long time due to her addiction issues. Willow lives with her mom, but doesn’t feel a close bond with her, and hasn’t in a while. Both come to find that they don’t know everything about their moms, and that in the end, while one will finally be there for her child, the other will disappoint them.
The magic of the story is woven throughout in ways that could just be coincidences, or could be more. The author makes it so you can take it the way that you want and feel that it actually is. Mason and Willow were exactly what the other needed and it was great to see their connection. It wasn’t unrealistic, in fact I felt it was representative of how teens might actually feel and act in those situations.
I loved the whole scavenger hunt that Willow went on for her aunt. I loved the great aunts that Willow met in Salem. And I loved reading a story set in Salem with lots of facts I did not know, as well as learning about some other areas close by to Salem that I didn’t realize were that close. Another wonderful story by this author where the setting is just as much an integral character almost for the plot.
About the Author
Jenna Evans Welch was the kind of insatiable child reader who had no choice but to grow up to become a writer. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Love & Gelato, Love & Luck, and Love & Olives. When she isn’t writing girl abroad stories, Jenna can be found chasing her children or making elaborate messes in the kitchen. She lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with her husband and two young children. Visit her online at JennaEvansWelch.com.
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