Published by Harper Teen on December 31, 2014
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Love and Other Theories is a fast-paced twist on the coming-of-age novel . . . and the romantic comedy.
Aubrey and her best friends made a pact to play by the guys' rules when it comes to dating. They're hoping the rules will keep them from experiencing high school heartbreak--they don't realize that these rules could just as easily keep them from opening their hearts and minds. And when new boy Nathan Diggs moves to town, Aubrey starts to think that some rules are meant to be broken.
With equal parts bite and romance, topped off with an irresistibly engaging voice, Alexis Bass's debut novel is one you won't want to miss.
Love & Other Theories is not your typical fluffy contemporary romance. In fact, there is nothing typical about Love & Other Theories. While it wasn’t exactly what I was hoping it would be, I did find myself hooked from the start and smiling when I finished it.
Aubrey and her best friends are the mean girls of the school. They hook up with all the hottest guys, they shun girls that go against them, and they tend to get up to no good behind each others backs. They are not girls that are easy to like and that was by far my biggest issue with Love & Other Theories. Aubrey was a smart girl but she was really stupid when it came to her friends and boys. As for her friends, they weren’t all the worst but Shelby was a bitch. I didn’t understand why everyone was so under her spell. She was so full of herself and what she did to Aubrey was so hurtful. I was also not so impressed with Nathan. At first I was completely in love with him, especially with Aubrey. They were so cute together. Then I met Trip. Trip was a guy who got what he wanted and expected that to always be true. However, he was also a really sweet guy who clearly cared a lot for Aubrey and would do anything for her. By the end of the book, my heart was his and I couldn’t remember who Nathan was. Oops.
There was a lot of terrible communication between Aubrey, her friends, and all the boys in their lives. So much stuff could have been cleared up if they had just talked about things. Aubrey was pretty afraid to speak out but she wasn’t the only one. There were so many secrets surrounding all of her friendships and other relationships, including with her family. When Aubrey finally started speaking her mind I wanted to jump for joy. However, it took a lot of heartache for her to reach that point and I felt terrible for all of it, especially since it could have so easily been avoided.
The story itself was not all that action packed but it was entertaining. I love books that are set right around college time. There was a lot of focusing on getting into college, what life was going to be like in college, and learning to say goodbye to friends from high school. While Aubrey and her friends had a weird relationship, they really did see each other as life long friends. Leaving them behind was a hard thing for Aubrey to even contemplate. Also, while the whole partying thing was a little overdone, it made things interesting. Aubrey and her friends had this crazy high school experience that was similar to that of my high school. Not necessarily me (I was a nerd) but I totally understood it because my friends partied it up like them. The drugs and alcohol might get to some people but I found it pretty realistic.
Overall, Love & Other Theories definitely won’t be topping my favorites list but I’m glad I gave it a chance. I found myself flipping pages as fast as I could and by the end of the book I was really attached to the characters. That’s the mark of a good book, to me.
What others are saying about Love & Other Theories:
Once Upon a Twilight’s review: “You will go from absolutely loving it to worrying about where it’s going to take you next; to making you completely fall in love with it.”
Fic Fare’s review: “With that said, I do think the story told here was interesting and if you are looking for a book that isn’t a soft, fluffy romance, you might enjoy this one.”
The Quirky Reader’s review: “I think fans of Katie Cotugno will immensely appreciate this gem, but if you’re just into contemporary YA in general, then you are required to check this one out.”
Describe Love & Other Theories in 140 characters or less.
A system developed by four best friends designed to avoid heartbreak falls apart the last few months of the high school.
Do you have a favorite character from Love & Other Theories? If so, why? (I know this is like asking a mom to pick a favorite child but I had to do it!)
It is hard! Of course, I love them all—even when I don’t like them, I love them. I…um…I guess the main character, Aubrey, because I wrote a whole book around her last few months in high school. 🙂
I created a minor character just to make my cousin laugh when she read the book; so in that regard, Leila Court is another favorite.
Did you consciously decide to write for a YA audience? If so, what made you decide to write YA?
I decided to write YA because I love that time in life, when nothing is permanent, there’s so much possibility, so much changes so quickly, and there are no notes to pull from because you’re experiencing everything for the first time.
Do you have any must haves while you are writing?
I actually don’t have must-haves for writing (though having coffee on hand is great!). I’ve trained myself to write anywhere, with anything (or nothing). I make a huge dent in my word count goals typing on my phone while waiting in line (usually for coffee, haha).
Do you have any big plans for your release day?
My release day is New Year’s Eve and I’ll be back in my hometown for the holidays, so I’ll be celebrating both the book’s release and the New Year with some of my oldest friends.
What is next for you? More YA books?
Yup, more YA books! My next standalone contemporary YA novel, WHAT’S BROKEN BETWEEN US (HarperTeen) will be out next year.
Bad Boys or Good Boys?
Happily ever after or happily never after?
Happily never after
Series or standalone?
Love triangles or soulmates?
Write at night or write during the day?
Write in silence or write with music?
Print, audio or eBooks?
All of the above
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