Oct 17, 2014

Blog Tour -- Love and Other Unknown Variables


Love and Other Unknown Variables
Author: Shannon Lee Alexander
Release Date: October 7th, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Format: e-book, received from author for an honest review
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Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he’ll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe’s greatest unanswered questions. He’s that smart. But Charlie’s future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl’s neck.

The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she’s counting on the present. She’s not impressed by the strange boy at the donut shop—until she learns he’s a student at Brighton where her sister has just taken a job as the English teacher. With her encouragement, Charlie orchestrates the most effective prank campaign in Brighton history. But, in doing so, he puts his own future in jeopardy.

By the time he learns she's ill—and that the pranks were a way to distract Ms. Finch from Charlotte’s illness—Charlotte’s gravitational pull is too great to overcome. Soon he must choose between the familiar formulas he’s always relied on or the girl he’s falling for (at far more than 32 feet per second squared).


My Review:
Charlie is your typical nerd in the way that he goes to a special school, loves to do math and science and can't wait to go to MIT. He spends a lot of time preparing for his future. He is not typical in the way that he still has a social life, even if it isn't a romantic one. He has best friends Greta and James to keep him going. Then one day he walks into a donut shop to see a girl with a tattoo on her neck. He doesn't seem to understand the tattoo and keeps thinking about the girl. As she becomes best friends with his sister, he seems to be falling her more and more....now the decision is, does he go for her?

This was a super cute story that for me was fun to read. I was pretty nerdy myself, still am, so I liked being able to follow all the math stuff in the book. The math is not bad though, they are terms that most anyone should at least know what they are even if they don't know what you do with it exactly. She balances it very well to make it a novel everyone can read as well as throwing true nerd within the pages.

Charlie was a character that I really liked to read. He was a poor kid that was never able to find a girl. He kept trying but nothing ever worked. He ended up giving up on relationships all together deciding MIT was more important anyway. Once Charlotte came around, it was getting harder and harder for him to get her off his mind. It was so sweet.

Charlotte was a character that you could tell was hiding something big. I wasn't sure what it was, but it didn't stop me from trying to guess. I had quite a few things narrowed down but it still doesn't make it any easier to swallow when you figure out what it really is. I enjoyed reading about Charlotte, you could tell she wanted to let Charlie in but was scared what would happen once she did. I didn't get to know her quite as well as Charlie since it is more in his POV but I still enjoyed reading about her and how things end up turning out.

The story is set mainly at school, especially in English class, but it is also at Charlie's house a lot too. There are some other points in the story where they end up, but for the most part it is only those two places.

The story starts off a little slow and I had a little bit of a hard time getting into it. Once I did finally get into it, I just wasn't able to stop. I pulled a late night just to get it done because I knew I knew I wouldn't be able to sleep until I figured out the ending.

The ending is something that is bittersweet. Charlie has come a long way from the beginning of the book but yet there is so much pain in the final pages. It is hard to find yourself from not crying because of the emotions that Charlie gives you.

This is one of those books that I am glad I signed up to review it. It was so sweet, but also had some deeper meaning put within the pages. Biggest one I felt was "Never Give Up". It is so simple yet the hardest thing some of us will ever do. There are always going to be struggles in our life, some harder than others, it is up to us how we handle them.

This is definitely a book that i can see as more of a YA novel but I can also see many adults loving it too. Heck, I am 26 and was able to keep up just fine and enjoyed it very much. I hope all of you are ready to get your inner nerd on, with a little romance on the side. If you are one that tends to cry in books, be sure to have a box of tissues ready.


About the Author

Shannon Lee Alexander is a wife, mother (of two kids and one yellow terrier named Harriet Potter). She is passionate about coffee, books, and cancer research. Math makes her break out in a sweat. Love and Other Unknown Variables is her debut novel. She currently lives in Indianapolis with her family.


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