Julie Abe's OUR CURSED LOVE is a magical 50 FIRST DATES meets LOVE AND GELATO set in Tokyo, Japan—about destiny, the impact of the choices we make, and the magic of true love.
Six days to remember.
Love or lose him forever.
Remy Kobata has always wished she was destined to be with her best friend, Cam Yasuda. All the way from being neighbors from birth to mixing up magical prank potions together to their “just friends” homecoming date during their senior year in high school, nothing’s a secret between Remy and Cam—except for how much she is in love with him.
Remy is trying to work up the courage to confess her feelings during their winter break trip to Japan, when she gets selected for a mystical tea leaves reading and it reveals that they’re not meant to be together. After they stumble upon a secret magical apothecary in the back alleys of Tokyo, Remy and Cam are offered an ancient soulmate elixir, created before all love potions were banned by the magical government. They each have their reasons for wanting to take it, but what could go wrong with finding your soulmate a little earlier?
Except, after they drink up, their senior year trip flips into the worst vacation ever: Cam has forgotten who Remy is. If she can't help Cam remember her by midnight New Year’s Eve, they’ll both be cursed to forget each other. To unravel their past and rewrite the future, Remy and Cam must travel through Tokyo to rediscover Cam’s memories and make new ones—and maybe even fall in love all over again.
"Abe (The Charmed List) spins a gentle love story set against the backdrop of wintry Japan in this cozy fantasy romance." - Publishers Weekly
“…this sweet story is full of magic, adding fun twists to the friends-to-lovers storyline…the descriptive writing captures Tokyo’s real-life vibrancy and culture. A charming fantasy for lovers of cozy romance.” - Kirkus
"With a unique plot, numerous references to Japanese and pop culture, and a sprinkle of magic woven into the story, Our Cursed Love is one of those books you can’t put down once you’ve picked it up and immersed yourself into it." - Asia Blooming
"A celebration of all things Japan, magic, and romance, readers will swoon at this charming, big-hearted friends-to-lovers story." - Emiko Jean, New York Times bestselling author of Tokyo Ever After
“Julie Abe has the magic touch! Our Cursed Love is an utterly charming coming-of-age romance that immerses readers in the sights, sounds, and flavors of Japan all while capturing our hearts with this endearing friends-to-lovers story. It felt like I was wrapped in a warm hug and made me want to jump on a plane immediately to hang out with Remy and Cam and be a part of this whimsical and magical world.” - Susan Lee, author of Seoulmates
"Full of heart and fun, wayward potions, Our Cursed Love is a magical tale about finding the courage to go for what—and who—you want." -Lyla Lee, author of I'll Be the One and Flip the Script
"Our Cursed Loved is a perfectly modern fairytale of adventures in Tokyo, charms that might be curses, and a heroine determined to win back her longtime-best-friend-turned-prince-charming from the jaws of fate. Readers will fall in love with Remy and Cam as they learn that the only thing better than magic is the love that makes it worthwhile…and perhaps the confidence (and snacks!) they discover along the way." Ashley Schumacher, author of The Renaissance of Gwen Hathaway
"In this novel set in modern and magical Tokyo, Abe skillfully balances romantic tension between Remy and Cam with their personal coming-of-age journeys. I don’t care what the title says, this heartwarming and delightful story will absolutely charm you." —Suzanne Park, author of Sunny Song Will Never Be Famous
“Our Cursed Love is a compelling story of two best friends choosing themselves and their shared love over their assigned fates. Julie Abe has a talent for building whimsical settings and romantic chemistry that keeps the pages turning.” -Racquel Marie, author of Ophelia After All
"Abe’s sophomore YA novel Our Cursed Love is pure magic. It’s so easy to fall in love Remy and Cam as they do a whimsical dance of will-they-or-won’t-they against the gorgeous backdrop of Tokyo and the Tokyo Magical University." - Roselle Lim, author of Sophie Go’s Lonely Hearts Club
"A love story as magical as the streets of Tokyo itself. You will be packing your bags to join in on the fun and full of heart tale that Abe has woven in this warm hug of a book." – Lane Clarke, author of Love Times Infinity