{Blog Tour} Review+Giveaway: Love and Other Theories

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Title: Love and Other Theories
Author: Alexis Bass
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: December 31st 2014

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Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.

Advance Praise

“Careful, subtle and aching. ” - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Warning: Bass’s debut novel will ignite ALL your feelings!” - Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy

“I loved LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES. Alexis Bass writes a compelling critique of the ways society expects girls to behave in their relationships, the lies girls tell each other–and themselves–to keep from getting hurt, and, when all is said and done, how only the heart knows the truth.” – Kristin Halbrook, author of Nobody But Us and co-founder of YA Highway

“Alexis Bass masterfully captures all the complexities of high school relationships. A lovely debut.” – Amanda Maciel, author of Tease

“A bold debut that authentically captures the frenzy of love, lust, and senior year of high school!” - Julie Murphy, author of Side Effects May Vary

“Love and Other Theories challenged my assumptions, dared me to think differently and burrowed into my heart. A heart-achingly beautiful story about whether it is better to protect your heart or to take the biggest risk of all.” - Daisy Whitney, author of The Mockingbirds

“In her debut novel, Bass provides honest, incisive, and sometimes uncomfortable insights into the complicated intersections of friendship and romance, the ways sex can be wielded as a weapon, and the measures some teens take to protect themselves from pain.” — Publishers Weekly

“Bass’s debut is an entertaining perspective on the battlefield of the teen dating world.” —Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

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My Thoughts

I am torn between loving and hating this one.

I love how Love and Other Theories captures the feeling of what a typical teenager would experience. I love how it depicts the reality of what is happening in high school. I love how it was a romance story, but it wasn’t the fairy tale kind of thing. I love how the characters ended up kind of realistic. I love how the plot developed in a way that I can’t bring myself to stop reading. I love how the writing was so amazing that it could make me laugh and cry all in a matter of a few minutes. I love how honest and real and strong the emotions were. I love how I love a lot of things, and I can go on forever.

But there are also a lot of things that I didn’t like. It was okay for me to have characters that are mean, but I think that this was over the top. It was disappointing to see how almost everyone was being mean, and nothing was being done. And the few people that are good, well, they’re being bullied or what-not. It was so sad. Also, there were too much negativity that made me want to just stop at some point in the book. I also didn’t like how the girls (Aubrey, and her best friends - Shelby, Danica and Melissa) were just influencing others with their own opinions and stuff, and it was as if that you have to follow them or else. I didn’t like how the book primarily used the foundation of drinking and sleeping around. I didn’t like how it managed to question my principles and opinions. I didn’t like how it portrayed the girls as players. I didn’t like how it showed the selfish side of friendship.

(mild spoiler alert) The ending wasn’t a happy ending one, but it was the best one. It was realistic, and I love it that way. It didn’t give any false hope or any fairy tale what-so-ever aspect. It was just that. It was the high school life. By the end, Love and Other Theories just strengthened the principles I have. Sure, it made me doubt myself, but it made me even more sure of the things that I stand for. This was a heck of a roller coaster ride for me, but I wouldn’t have it like any other else. Absolutely stunning, completely amazing, totally heart-wrecking with all the feels and emotions. I definitely recommend reading this one!

My Rating

Real Rating: 4.5

About the Author

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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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Unknown said...

Whoa, you blogging almost for a decade.
the book looks interesting though,.

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