I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Love & Other Theories by Alexis Bass
Published by HarperTeen on 12/31/2014
Genres: Friendship, Romance, Young Adult
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If you want more, you have to give less. That’s the secret to dating in high school. By giving as little as they expect to get in return, seventeen-year-old Aubrey Housing and her three best friends have made it to the second semester of their senior year heartbreak-free. And it’s all thanks to a few simple rules: don’t commit, don’t be needy, and don’t give away your heart. So when smoking-hot Nathan Diggs transfers to Lincoln High, it shouldn’t be a big deal. At least that’s what Aubrey tells herself. But Nathan’s new-boy charm, his kindness, and his disarming honesty throw Aubrey off her game and put her in danger of breaking the most important rule of all: Don’t fall in love.
Love & Other Theories isn’t what I expected at all. I thought we were going to get a sweet book, but what we get is a much better realization about friendships.
I liked Aubrey even though she made some pretty insane decisions. She is a good student, works, and is devoted to her friends. Each friend brings something different to the table, and I think that is what makes them such a tight-knit group. Aubrey seems to be the only one that has any kind of parental involvement in her life, and the rest just sort of run rampant. Nathan is a person you have a love/hate relationship with. He makes some pretty douchey decisions and there were times I wanted to beat him down.
Now, there are a lot of things in this book: sex, parties, friendship, love, and these insane rules that these girls think will keep them from getting hurt. The way these characters stuck to the rules is what drove me nuts. I don’t see how they can make sense in anyone’s mind, but it’s been a while since I was a teen. I do know that there is always some kind of jealousy and wanting what your other friends have, and I think that is the biggest message in this book. There were times where I couldn’t understand how this group still managed to be friends. I was happy when Aubrey started to realize that maybe it’s okay to get hurt sometimes. She seemed to grow so much throughout the last half of her senior year.
This book definitely won’t be for everyone, but I really enjoyed it. This is some of the drama that high schoolers go through, and I don’t think that will ever change. They have to do like Aubrey does and decide what is worth it in the end.
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