Solving for Ex – Leigh Ann Kopans

Synopsis

1 crush on your best friend +
1 gorgeous, scheming new girl +
1 Mathletics competition =
1 big mess

SIMPLIFY.

Ashley Price doesn’t have much in life after being bullied so hard she had to leave her old school to live with her aunt and uncle in Pittsburgh. But the camera she borrowed from her best friend and secret crush Brendan, and her off the charts math abilities, make things a lot more bearable. Plus, since Brendan is the captain, making the school Mathletes team should be easy.

But when gorgeous new girl Sofia rolls in and steals Brendan, Ashley’s place on the team, and her fragile foothold on the Mansfield Park Prep social totem pole, it’s on. Sofia is everything Ashley left her old school to escape. The only thing Ashley didn’t count on is Sofia’s sexy twin brother Vincent.

Vincent is not only the hottest boy in school, he’s charming, sweet, and he’s got his eye on Ashley. He’s also not taking no for an answer. There’s no real reason Ashley shouldn’t like Vincent, but with the
battle lines being drawn between her and Sofia, Ashley’s not sure which side he’s on. Or which side she wants him to be on.

She does know Sofia is trouble with a capital T, and she’s determined to make Brendan see it.

SOLVING FOR EX is a YA contemporary romance that remixes Mansfield Park as Clueless meets Mean Girls in a crazy mix of high school society, mathletic competition, and teenage romance.

Review

Uh… I don’t even know what to think. I’d say the ending of this book came out of left field. It was like a deus ex machina of the rom-com world. WHAAAT DID I READ?

This book was so light and fluffy for so long. Brendan was LITERALLY vanilla (as in, he smelled like vanilla).

There was a lot of teenage angst and miscommunication. There were times when I wanted the main characters to BE HONEST already. High schoolers have blinders on for sure.

Also, I dislike how the twins were dealt with. I was suspicious of them the whole time (mostly because the guy was a sleazeball who did not sound like a real person at all), but I thought there was something bigger to them than a conniving hunt to promote their self-interest. I thought we would uncover that they had gotten close to the main characters for the purpose of distracting them from the Mathletes team (like, as hired actors from a rival school). There was nothing that wacky (or awesome, unfortunately). The “disposal” of these characters was underwhelming. I guess that’s partly why Kopans went ahead with the ending that she did (to tie everything off), but that ending went off on the deep end.

Even though the story was insubstantial and the math jokes were corny (hey, at least I understood them!), I actually couldn’t stop reading. Talk about a guilty pleasure, eh?

BUT THE ENDING. I trusted you, book! How could you do that to me?!

Related Reading

  • Better Off Friends – Elizabeth Eulberg
  • Books with insta-love
  • Biggest Flirts – Jennifer Echols
  • A Girl Named Digit – Annabel Manoghan

Rating: 2/5

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