Review: Love and Other Theories
I received this book for free from FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Series: Stand Alone
Published by HarperTeen on December 31st 2014
Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary/Romance
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Publisher
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.
When I picked up this book I really expected more. Instead I got a plot that is chalk full of …idk.
Plot: Let’s talk about the plot. This is about Aubrey who has work hard to get into a very good college. Since it is her senior year, she decided to take time off and have fun. By have fun, she means hooking up….all the time. This plot did not amuse me at all. I really wanted to go more in-depth with the characters but I could not go there. I felt blocked the whole time by the characters intentions and rules.
Romance: Okay…no. Just no. How could there be any romance when all they do is “hook up?” Aubrey’s group of friends have “rules” set in place to never fall in love and just have fun. I’m going to be blunt in saying that Aubrey allowed herself to be too easy. It made me angry because this girl is smart! She proved that by getting into this really great college. Yet she puts herself down to follow a set of rules that do nothing but make her look bad.
Friends: Aubrey’s friends are rude and mean. They constantly put down Aubrey and pressure her to things. And in turn it made me angry cause Aubrey took everything in as if it was nothing. NOTHING! The way her friends treat her is just well horrible Girl, you need new friends ASAP!!
Ending: The ending sort of redeems itself with Aubrey finally seeing things clearly. (Believe me when I say this takes a while. Like practically the whole book.) I’m glad that Aubrey finally snaps and realizes the truth but… yeah.
Overall this book is written well. The dialogue flows well and the friends do realize their mistake. I just couldn’t stand the first half of the book.