The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs by Jack Gantos

4642961How did I get the book?
Magic Book Box II

Genre: Horror / Gothic

First Impression: I love and am creeped out by that cover.

Synopsis: ‘I expect you might think the story I am about to tell you is untrue or perversely gothic in some unhealthy way…’
Everyone loves their mother. But what happens when you love her so much you can’t bear to let her go – ever? That’s the sign of the Love Curse. And Ivy’s got it… bad.

200words (or less) review:  One day young Ivy discovers Mother Rumbaughs in the cellar of The Twins. First thinking the still figure is a life-sized doll Ivy is fascinated, once she realises it is actually the late Mother Rumbaughs she runs screaming from the cellar and into her arms of her mother.  And thus the Rumbaughs curse is unlocked in Ivy.

The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs is twisted, complex and disturbing. Ivy’s story is a tale of nature vs. nurture. Her mother is convinced her nurture is enough to undo a curse which has remained strong in the Rumbaughs nature for generations.

While it is clear that Ivy is a Rumbaughs, how she came to be one is one of the many mysteries that gets unravelled over time. The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs is not an exciting book, it’s more fascinating.

I liked the writing and the story (even though it’s suitably creepy) but I believe The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs is very much a love/hate book. I fall into the love category.

Recommend it?


4 thoughts on “The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs by Jack Gantos

  1. See, this sounds really good but I’m a bit of a wimp when it comes to scary things. Maybe I should try it out though.

  2. Oo I shall check this out. I have read only one of Gantos’s books so far and enjoyed it so I’m hoping this one will be as amazing.

  3. Oh. OH! That cover! I *know* that artist, but why can’t I think of his name?! Mark Ryden? Why, why can’t I find this information anywhere online? Can you look in the book and tell me, pleeease?! *panting*

    Also, I think I need to read this book very soon indeed.

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