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Review: Love and Other Theories by Alexis Bass

Love and Other TheoriesTitle: Love and Other Theories

Author: Alexis Bass

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Series: N/A

Publication Date: December 30, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 376 Pages

ISBN-10: 0062275321 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-0062275325 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Zed


Love and Other Theories is a fast-paced twist on the coming-of-age novel and the romantic comedy that Kirkus Reviews called “careful, subtle, and aching” in a starred review.

Aubrey and her best friends made a pact to play by the guys’ rules when it comes to dating. They’re hoping the rules will keep them from experiencing high school heartbreak—they don’t realize that these rules could just as easily keep them from opening their hearts and minds. And when new boy Nathan Diggs moves to town, Aubrey starts to think that some rules are meant to be broken.

With equal parts bite and romance, topped off with an irresistibly engaging voice, Alexis Bass’s novel is one you won’t want to miss.

Quick & Dirty: Silly theories that overrule common sense!

Opening Sentence: There’s one major reason I’m ready to be done with high school and it’s all culminating now, the first day back from winter break, in Senior Drama.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

The story centers around, Aubrey, and her group of very mean friends. Aubrey’s best friend, Shelby, has created these absurd ‘theories,’ which they all live by. The theories mean that the girls play by the guys’ rules so that their high school lives are love and pain free. By following these theories, they hope to remain free, have fun and not be a clingy, dependent girlfriend, which in their eyes is the ultimate failure.

It was hard to feel bad about saying these things. Everyone wants a reason to hate on someone, even if it’s not a good reason, and everyone loves a good slut-villain.

I’m not a romantic but I could not understand their way of thinking; casually dating and ‘going around’ and then judging other girls that are in relationships but that may be having issues. They’d rather fool around in high school and thereby fool themselves into thinking they’re better and happier than everyone else. This worked for so long until… surprise, surprise, Aubrey falls for the new guy. So predictable.

Flawed MCs are always interesting, but I just could not connect with Aubrey. She was like Shelby’s sheep, never being able to think for herself or make her own decisions. It was pathetic. Even when Shelby is clearly throwing herself at the guy Aubrey is falling for, Aubrey stands by and pretends it’s fine because that’s what the theories dictate! What type of friend does that so blatantly?

And if boys think girls are stupid, that’s how they’ll treat them.
Our theories stop boys from thinking girls are crippled by their emotions, and needy, and dramatic, and dependent. We like to think that our evolved behavior is saving girlkind. Because let’s face it, we need saving.

Nathan, the new guy and reason for all the drama, begins as a nerd and ends up being the town’s new heartbreaker! I would have thought he was more of a player if it wasn’t for the fact that he was just going along with these crazy theories that the girls had devised. Nathan can’t even be called a cheater because the girls were so insistent that there weren’t any strings!

The only reason I didn’t rate this as a one-star read was because of Trip. Despite his ‘player’ persona, it was obvious that he genuinely cared for Aubrey (no idea why) and his character made this story somewhat likeable.

According to Shelby, the longer you know someone, the longer they have to let you down. But sometimes, the longer you know someone, the more time they have to surprise you.

To sum it up, this was an unimpressive read.

Notable Scene:

Instead we all did whatever we wanted, and didn’t talk about what we were doing or not doing, because none of it was supposed to matter. We all kept secrets. If we didn’t acknowledge our feelings, we couldn’t be hurt by them. But they were there all along, buried and rooted and growing every minute. We never guessed what kind of feat it would be to keep them concealed, what an effort it would take to keep up the smoke and mirrors of our tricks.


FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy Love and Other Theories. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.


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