Love and Other Theories – Alexis Bass

Synopsis

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.

Review

I LOVED this book. And I’m flabbergasted that it has such low reviews! I found it nearly impossible to put down.

The characters are all flawed. But they’re young. And the theories were supremely interesting. If you think about it, all the rules we have for love and dating are all social constructs anyway. So what if you entered a place where the social norms were the opposite? Where you’d be chastised for monogamy or repressing casual hook-up culture? It’s definitely an interesting thought. That’s exactly what this story goes for, but as a certain group of people rather than its own “world.” In a way, I felt like the world-building here was incredibly realistic.

People have reasons for their behaviour. There are motives. I’m glad we got that internal view into the classic “mean girl” archetype. No one is totally good or bad. Everyone can rationalize their behaviour. And everyone ultimately thinks they’re the good guy. It’s tragic, in a way, how much people never realize. Chiffon never knew they were trying to apologize. Aubrey might not have known something so big and tragic if she didn’t push it. Aubrey might have maintained a purely lewd relationship with Trip Chapman… if she let it happen. If you don’t give people a chance, they’ll never be able to surprise you.

There was a lot of growth in this book. All the characters learned a lot, and I’m glad for that. Huge fan!

Related Reading

  • Firsts – Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
  • Making Pretty – Corey Ann Haydu
  • Burn for Burn – Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian
  • Truest – Jackie Lea Sommers

Rating: 5/5

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