cover image Spells to Forget Us

Spells to Forget Us

Aislinn Brophy. Putnam, $19.99 (432p) ISBN 978-0-593-35455-1

The lives of two Boston teens—one witch and one nonmagical mortal—are turned upside down following their meeting and subsequent decision to date in this enchanting second-chance romance by Brophy (How to Succeed in Witchcraft). Aoife Walsh, who has light brown skin, is part of an influencer family whose business revolves around creating content about her life. Black teen witch Luna Gold is trying to ignore her family legacy. As next in line to head the Witch Council, Luna can’t be caught associating with a “mundane” like Aoife. While Luna struggles to navigate her duties and her desire to live a more typical teenage life, Aoife desperately tries to free herself from her content creator parents’ camera lens. Determined to make their relationship work, Luna persuades Aoife to undergo a ceremony that Luna believes will make their lives easier—but there’s a steep price to pay. Conversations surrounding colorism and fetishization, and their effects on the girls and their relationship, occur alongside increasingly comical magical antics. The result is a charming tale about a persistent teen whose every effort to make true love run smoothly results in further calamity. Ages 12–up. (Sept.)