Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander (Review)

20757521I received this free from the publisher via NetGalley

‘Sometimes life is like that, you know. It smacks us when we’re down. The brave get back up. At least, they do in the books.’

Charlie Hanson know what he wants to do with his life. He knows he will graduate, go to MIT and change the future. However, he meets a girl with a infinite tattoo on her neck with the word hope and his future suddenly is not so clear.

I’m not really sure what I expected when I started to read Love and Other Unknown Variables. I honestly didn’t think it would be such an emotional read towards the end of the book. I have to be honest, it took me so long to get into this and I think it was because of Charlie.

He loves maths and science and he hates English and literature. So I found it really difficult to actually connect with Charlie considering I hate maths but love literature. Everything he said, he tried to relate to mathematics. I also found the ‘get rid of the English teacher’ a bit ridiculous. I mean teachers have it hard enough when they don’t have a bunch of ass-hole students doing pranks and basically making their job all that harder. So yeah, I was not at all fond of Charlie and the start. But he had some pretty great character development.

Lets talk about the rest of the characters. I liked Greta but she wasn’t really in the book much. Becca was a favourite, and in the end it was her that pulled on my heart strings. She was different than anyone else. She had trouble connecting with people, and had a really hard time making friends. She spent most of her time with her books, so Becca was someone who captured my attention instantly. Yet Charlotte came along and she finally found someone she connected with so the ending just literally ripped my heart out when it came to Becca. Ms. Finch was a good character, and she was so individual that she really stood out and was very memorable. Charlotte was a very interesting character. She had this sort of carefree attitude, like the attitude that is sort of infectious, you know? She was a very inspiring character.

The plot was good, and when you get 50% you already know what is going to happen at the end but it doesn’t make it any less painful when you finally get there.

Overall, a great read with a heartbreaking ending. Fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars would enjoy this one.

MY RATING: ★★★★☆

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