Monday, December 29, 2014


Love & Other Theories
by Alexis Bass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: December 31st, 2014
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.

*The eARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

If you want more, you have to give less a secret Aubrey and her friends bring with them every day to survive through high school. They were heartbreak-free and Aubrey is happy to enjoy those moments ‘til graduation until Nathan Diggs transfer to her school, things started to change and she started to break her number one rule: Don’t fall in love.

Before reading this review I have to say that this will not be spoiler free, there are parts from the book that I really need to point out and put in this review. So with that notice let’s start.

Things I liked: I totally adore the writing style of Alexis Bass. There are about 50 plus chapters in this book and I’m not a patient reader when it comes to this but Alexis Bass made a perfect technique of ending each chapters in a way that would make you turn the next page. The one character that I find quite redeemable is Trip. He is actually a good guy once you get to the whole story, how he was there when Aubrey needed a true friend. The tense scenes were perfectly written with just a right amount of grip. How the story ended is completely reasonable and I totally agree with how Aubrey decided to end things with Trip (only Trip).

Things I don’t liked: The first few pages actually started out great with Aubrey describing her friends and their strong relationship with each other, her first meeting with Nathan and then it stops. I understand that you’re in high school and you were not new with things but hooking up with a guy on your first meeting is not some character that I would love. Aubrey’s decisions just make me hate her more and more. She tried to keep distance with Nathan and once her friend started to hit off with him she gets jealous and showing this emotions that I believed she doesn't deserve to have. Because girl you did this to yourself.

Then her friends *sigh* Shelby, the words I could describe to this girl is endless and not in a very good way. She hooked up with Nathan who was with Aubrey, one of her “best friend”, before and why? Because it just happened *facepalm*. Do you not know girl that a guy who’s been with your friend has a back-off tape attached to his forehead? Yes a back-off tape, because you don’t get to touch them not unless you asked and your friend tell you that it’s fine with her for you to hook up with the guy and ripped off that tape. But what Shelby did? Of course that’s “THE GIRLFRIENDS RULE” she did not have on her pockets. Meanwhile Danica and Melissa can have the silver and bronze facepalm worthy award with Shelby having the gold; they just stand there with all these things happening, seriously. Then there’s Nathan, I don’t like him, that’s it. He’s just some guy that Aubrey crossed in her high school life, not entirely a memorable character. How could Aubrey forgive Nathan and Shelby in just few days is beyond me. Party is the one word that would definitely not be left out in this book, they drink and partied and drink, such high school life eh?

To sum it up this book is okay hence the two quills, I don’t totally hate the story but it’s not on my re-read list too. Alexis Bass write such story that would make you realize to think your decisions twice, that a change is not that bad and it may make you learn a few things in the way too.


About the Author 
Alexis Bass
Alexis Bass grew up in Washington, went to college in Arizona, and spent her early twenties in Seattle. She currently lives in Northern California with Dylan McKay, her gorgeous and rambunctious golden retriever. She loves good fashion and good TV as much as a good book, and is a huge advocate of the three C’s: coffee, chocolate, and cheese. LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES is her first novel.
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