Review: Love and Other Theories

Dec •  10 •  2014

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.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Review: Love and Other TheoriesLove and Other Theories by Alexis Bass
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.

Happy Reading!



  1. Lisa (Fic Talk)
    Dec 10, 2014

    Thanks for sharing. Haven’t heard much about this one, but all you pointed out is good to know.

  2. Yea, I don’t think this one is for me. I think I’d have the exact same feeling as you did while reading this one. I don’t think I would push past that beginning to get to the better end. Brilly review!

  3. Giselle
    Dec 11, 2014

    Aww too bad about the romance it sounds like a romance I won’t be much of a fan of. I do want to give it a try but good to know in advance! 🙂

  4. Jenny
    Dec 11, 2014

    I really, really struggled with this one as well. So much so that I had to set it aside at the halfway point. I had hoped that it was going to be a story about Aubrey’s growth, and while I know she came to see things a bit more clearly in the end, it was taking so long to get there that I couldn’t deal with her awful friends and all the hooking up in the meantime. 🙁

  5. Candace
    Dec 13, 2014

    Yeah this sounds like one that would bother me too. I would be really annoyed by her behavior. I’ll definitely skip this one for now.