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Love & Other Theories by Alexis Bass Book Review

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 a very interesting book. I don't recall what originally drew my curiosity towards it, the cover or the synopsis, or the name of a certain character? In any case by the time I was drawing to the end of this book I had enjoyed it well enough. It's one that is very thought provoking on love and other aspects of life. Are Aubrey and her friends correct in their "evolved" way of thinking? Never expecting commitment and not allowing it either? Yes, it works, but at the same time things still get messy when they begin to let themselves care and get into fights over boys. In some ways I didn't agree with the way they theorized, but then there were some good points. You see while they continually expected nothing of the high school boys surrounding them, they hoped for a one day where they could expect exclusiveness and commitment from a man. Even though they were harsh and realistic they still hoped for a happily ever after. And that I find quite true, it's more likely to find love when you're mature enough to understand and compromise to work in a relationship. So this evolved thinking isn't necessarily bad in all areas. And it certainly seemed to work for these girls...

As the plot goes, it kept me engaged and I felt like it was pretty fast paced. As for the characters, this is definitely one of those books where you end up mentally screaming at the characters while you're reading. There were some sweet ones and I thought Aubrey was okay, she didn't drive me insane and I felt like she had a pretty good head on her shoulders. There were characters that I could relate to, what they were feeling or going through. There was a slight mix between Aubrey's friends. Some of the ways they lived their lives I frowned upon a little.  Yes, characters seeming very realistic, they had some bumps in their friendships and there were definitely some fights that I winced at. But it wasn't something I greatly enjoyed in the book. There was some partying going on too. However by the ending the characters had gone through a lot and begun to understand more about themselves and the world. And that kind of redeemed it for me.

In short, this book made me think and had some interesting theories that the characters had come up with. I would consider it a new adult book, or being between the YA and NA lines, the characters are in their senior year and are heading off to college by the end of the book and there's a good deal of language and content. I felt a lot while reading this book, anger, interest, musing, nostalgia, happiness, and so on. I think that the writing was done well, that and the ending made up for the partying and fights between the girls...the things I didn't like so much. It's not a favorite, but I did like it and found it worth reading in the end. But if you're going to get annoyed by the characters being idiots at times, I wouldn't recommend it. So I'm giving Love & Other Theories 3 out of 5 flowers.

Sara Bennett, someone more likely to be found in bed, curled up with a good book, than out at a sports game or gig (although she's pretty addicted to music too). Hoping for a better world, believing in her Savior, daydreaming of One Direction, hanging out with friends, or where she may be...there's always a little voice inside wondering if it's almost time to return to the books sitting on her shelf. In short, an average young woman with a book in hand and a dream to write one day.


  1. I really like this book. I thought it was very realistic and I liked (but also disliked) it. Like you said, there were some parts that were hard to read and I winced too, but overall, I think that's what made me like this book so much.

  2. I had issues with this book, but I thought the author did well for her first debut
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  3. Sounds interesting overall. I think their theories are probably only good for certain situations. hah


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