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Love and Other Theories
by Alexis Bass
Release Date: December 31st 2014
Rate: 3 Umbrellas
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.
This is one of those books that I’m not sure if I really love it or not. There are some very pivotal moments that made me tear up, get angry, or just sigh in relief. It’s hard to read on certain parts because this hit close to home, as I was remembering lots of things that happened back when I was in high school. I think that everyone who reads this book will connect with it on some level.
Aubrey and her friends made a pact: don’t commit to a relationship and/or give your heart away, only to be crushed in the end. Pretty simple as rules go, but the heart wants what the heart wants. After finishing this book, I felt all kinds of things. I pitied Aubrey, to be honest. Every person, girl or boy, should know what it’s like to love. If your heart gets broken in the end, that should only make you stronger and more aware about what TRUE LOVE really feels like. Now, in walks Nathan with his good looks and charming personality, and Aubrey is on the brink of losing that self-supposed image that she’s maintained since making that ridiculous pact. Getting into the romance of these two was very realistic. I’m not saying that all that happened between them is what ALL teenagers do, but I get that it does happen. I, maybe, swooned a few times. Where it all went wrong, I have no clue. I was cursing the smallness of the situations that occurred, not only between these two, but the other characters as well.
It’s no secret that teenagers can be pretty mean in high school. I’ve had my share of experiences with every kind. Aubrey and her friends are the definition of “petty”. Mean Girls? They come close, let me just tell you. But, I did like the way the author assimilated real life happenings into this book. It’s not all perfect and wrapped up in a bow, like most YA contemporary books tend to have these days. So, for that, I kept reading. If a book makes you feel every emotion imaginable, then the author did her job. As much as I liked reading this though, I still feel like it didn’t end like it should have. There’s nothing wrong with trials and tribulations, as long as those same things bring out the best at the end. Sadly, I felt kinda incomplete.
Would I recommend this book? Yes, yes I would. If you are looking for a YA book that will have your emotions run the gamut, then this is that book. I’m not saying that it will be all great, but I can respect the realistic feel. As should everyone that reads it.
“Warning: Bass’s debut novel will ignite ALL your feelings!” – Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy
“I loved LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES. Alexis Bass writes a compelling critique of the ways society expects girls to behave in their relationships, the lies girls tell each other–and themselves–to keep from getting hurt, and, when all is said and done, how only the heart knows the truth.” – Kristin Halbrook, author of Nobody But Us and co-founder of YA Highway
“Alexis Bass masterfully captures all the complexities of high school relationships. A lovely debut.” – Amanda Maciel, author of Tease
“A bold debut that authentically captures the frenzy of love, lust, and senior year of high school!” – Julie Murphy, author of Side Effects May Vary
“Love and Other Theories challenged my assumptions, dared me to think differently and burrowed into my heart. A heart-achingly beautiful story about whether it is better to protect your heart or to take the biggest risk of all.” – Daisy Whitney, author of The Mockingbirds
“In her debut novel, Bass provides honest, incisive, and sometimes uncomfortable insights into the complicated intersections of friendship and romance, the ways sex can be wielded as a weapon, and the measures some teens take to protect themselves from pain.” — Publishers Weekly
“Bass’s debut is an entertaining perspective on the battlefield of the teen dating world.” —Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
Alexis Bass grew up in Washington, went to college in Arizona, and spent her early twenties in Seattle. She currently lives in Northern California with Dylan McKay, her gorgeous and rambunctious golden retriever. She loves good fashion and good TV as much as a good book, and is a huge advocate of the three C’s: coffee, chocolate, and cheese. LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES is her first novel.