Love and Other Unknown Variables

 
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Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander
Age Range
16+
Release Date
October 07, 2014
ISBN
978-1-62266-467-2
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Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he'll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe's greatest unanswered questions. He's that smart. But Charlie's future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl's neck. The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she's counting on the present. She's not impressed by the strange boy at the donut shop--until she learns he's a student at Brighton where her sister has just taken a job as the English teacher. With her encouragement, Charlie orchestrates the most effective prank campaign in Brighton history. But, in doing so, he puts his own future in jeopardy. By the time he learns she's ill--and that the pranks were a way to distract Ms. Finch from Charlotte's illness--Charlotte's gravitational pull is too great to overcome. Soon he must choose between the familiar formulas he's always relied on or the girl he's falling for (at far more than 32 feet per second squared).

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(Updated: December 14, 2014)
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Charlie Hanson knows what he wants for his future. He’s going to graduate from the Brighton School for Mathematics and Science, go to MIT, work with one of his idols, and win a Nobel prize. Until that day in the coffee shop when he can’t help reaching out to touch the tattoo on the back of the neck of the girl in front of him. Charlotte Finch doesn’t think much of the boy in the coffee shop at first – until she finds out he attends the same school where her sister just accepted a teaching job. The chance meeting leads to Charlotte encouraging Charlie to continue the tradition of Brighton students pranking the English teacher but the deeper Charlie gets, the more he wonders about Charlotte’s true reasons for wanting her sister distracted.

I absolutely loved this book. I was a little worried at first because there was a lot of math references but it was never done in a way that I had trouble understanding it. I had to keep reading all night because I had to know what was going to happen. I loved the characters and all the different relationships that were present. It was just a great reading experience.

Charlie was this extremely logical, socially awkward character who was adorable. Charlotte was a vibrant, mysterious, sarcastic girl. I loved watching his fascination with her and her using his access to Brighton slowly develop into something more. Charlie, especially, went through so much growth during the book.

The book was told solely through Charlie’s POV and through him we got to know his two best friends, his little sister, an elderly neighbour, and all the relationships he had with them meant something. There wasn’t one I enjoyed more than another. Greta and James, his friends, were his support and encouragement but also his voice of reason. His sister Becca, who had seven overflowing bookshelves and got lost in her books so I loved her right away. Ms Dimwitty, the neigbour whose garden he ran over then was forced to fix, was hilarious and they would bicker so much but she was also teaching him about beauty and life. Even Ms Finch, Charlotte’s sister and Charlie’s teacher, was amazing in not giving in to the students and finding ways to teach them even when they refused to learn.

There were many, many laugh out loud moments through the book. The whole pranking the teacher could have been lame but instead developed into something that was a lot of fun to read and ran deeper than just being silly pranks. I know going into the book that it definitely had the potential to destroy my heart, and it did and I enjoyed it.

I also really loved that the chapters were all decimal points. 1.0, 1.1, 1.2, it was really cute.
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