Review: Solving for Ex

Thursday, February 27, 2014
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Solving for Ex
300 pages
Release Date: February 11th 2014
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1 crush on your best friend +
1 gorgeous, scheming new girl +
1 Mathletics competition =
1 big mess 
Ashley Price doesn’t have much in life after being bullied so hard she had to leave her old school to live with her aunt and uncle in Pittsburgh. But the camera she borrowed from her best friend and secret crush Brendan, and her off the charts math abilities, make things a lot more bearable. Plus, since Brendan is the captain, making the school Mathletes team should be easy. 
But when gorgeous new girl Sofia rolls in and steals Brendan, Ashley's place on the team, and her fragile foothold on the Mansfield Park Prep social totem pole, it’s on. Sofia is everything Ashley left her old school to escape. The only thing Ashley didn’t count on is Sofia’s sexy twin brother Vincent.
Vincent is not only the hottest boy in school, he’s charming, sweet, and he’s got his eye on Ashley. He’s also not taking no for an answer. There's no real reason Ashley shouldn't like Vincent, but with the
battle lines being drawn between her and Sofia, Ashley’s not sure which side he’s on. Or which side she wants him to be on.
She does know Sofia is trouble with a capital T, and she’s determined to make Brendan see it.
SOLVING FOR EX is a YA contemporary romance that remixes Mansfield Park as Clueless meets Mean Girls in a crazy mix of high school society, mathletic competition, and teenage romance.

Praise for Solving for Ex

 “Amazing! If you like Sarah Dessen you will LOVE this.”
- Emma Pass, author of Acid and The Fearless (Random House)

"Putting a modern spin on a Jane Austen classic, Solving for Ex proves that brains can be sexier than brawn. In this complicated equation of high school drama, mean girls, mathletics, and romance, LeighAnn delivers yet another beautifully written young adult novel that authentically captures teenage emotions while also capturing the reader's heart."
- Nikki Godwin, author of Chasing Forever Down, American Girl on Saturn, and the upcoming Falling from the Sky

“Ashley is the kind of girl you want to root for, smart and capable and self-assured, despite of, or maybe because of, her vulnerabilities. And in Brenden, LeighAnn has crafted a boy worth of such a girl. Through all the heartbreak and angst of high school, their connection is undeniable and pressing. It's elementary, dear readers - Solving for Ex is one must-read romance.”
- Jenny Kaczorowski, author of The Art of Falling (Bloomsbury 2013)

“If you only read one book in 2014, make sure it's Solving For Ex! I sincerely doubt that you'd regret reading it; it's intelligent, hilarious, intense and touching…Honestly one of the most amazing books I have ever read.”
- Luciana Scath, blogger at Figments of our Imagination


Solving for Ex is a book that almost had me pull up an all-nighter again! It’s so cute and adorable, and I’ve been hearing everywhere that this one’s a modern retelling of Austen’s Mansfield Park, but I haven’t read it yet so it really helped that I didn’t know how things would turn out.

Right from the start, I have always been Team Brendan rather than Team Vincent because Vincent seemed too perfect, and there was really something off about him.  But while I was in the middle of it, I started to be swayed to Team Vincent as I was absorbed into Vincent’s personality (well, a lot of girls would love to have a good personality like his.) It didn’t help that Brendan was pushing Ashley away and so deeply engrossed with Sofia.  Really, I hated Brendan for that. I’m glad I stuck to Team Brendan, especially when Vincent showed his true colours. Ashley and Brendan were both so adorable and just meant to be with each other, as they continuously help each other grow and realize their own mistakes.

Sofia.  I hated Sofia with a burning passion. She’s a good epitome of mean and bitchy girls.  She’s so fake and I just want to hit her for it and all that (ugh) She has this insta-popularity because she’s rich and pretty. She’s someone who gets whatever she wants, and she keeps on getting between Ashley and Brendan, which really annoyed me to the max. In short, there’s not one characteristic of hers that I liked.  However, I think that it’s her personality that makes this story even more interesting.

As for Brendan, I had a love-hate relationship with him. Yes, he’s adorable and sweet and all that, but sometimes, he’s just so irritable.  He has this childish personality with Ashley wherein, ‘oh, you’re spending time with Vincent; I’m going to spend time with Sofia then,’ type of thing.  He gets jealous but doesn’t do anything about it.  It’s like, he has these feelings inside him and tries to act on them, but pulls back on the last minute, making Ashley so confused. On the other hand, he was caring and sweet to Ashley that didn’t seem fake. Brendan got easily swayed by Sofia’s beauty, but it was great that he learned a lot of things in the end.

Ashley had the most realistic personality of all. She got bullied the previous year, and is trying to cope with all that while moving to another place. It didn’t help that she seems to doesn’t fit in the crowd, but then, Brendan came into the picture and helped her. She’s amazing in the way that she doesn’t get easily swayed, and saw pass through all the seemingly perfect personalities that surround her.  She had a clear vision on what she wanted and that’s really nice.  She also found the strength in her to stand up to others, which made her grow into a better individual. The only thing I didn’t like with her is that, she kept on going on and on how perfect her life would be if she’s with Brendan and all that stuff. It got annoying in the end.

Kopans did a great job in showing how the teenagers feel when they want to fit in, finding happiness, and going all in with the things or people you love, even if there might be a chance to lose them.  Life, after all, is about finding happiness and taking risks. It’s about putting yourself out there, and becoming even stronger than you were before. I also loved the way she put some math-related notes at the end of every chapter. Even though I don’t crappy understand how the most of the answers were solved, the messages were really cute. It was awesome to have linked mathematics into sending short messages.  The ending of Solving for Ex was especially cute, and I was going absdjfabsjdfan when I saw the last note. (teehee)

Overall, Solving for Ex is just a brilliant, fun, enjoyable, standalone YA read. It had me smiling throughout the book, and I totally recommend reading this one!


About the Author

Raised on comic books and classic novels, Leigh Ann developed an early love of science fiction and literature. As an adult, she rediscovered her love for not only reading, but also writing the types of fiction that enchanted her as a teen. Solving for Ex was born of her love for Jane Austen’s classics, and how they taught her that love stories could be funny and wickedly smart.
Leigh Ann, her husband, and four children live in Columbus, Ohio. When she’s not immersed in the world of fiction, you can find her obsessing over the latest superhero movie or using her kids as an excuse to go out for ice cream (again.)


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