Love and Other Theories

18480081Love and Other Theories. Alexis Bass. Young Adult/Contemporary. 376 pages. 3.5 stars. [Source: Given as hardbound]

“It really is the best feeling in the world when everything that used to make you dizzy with desire becomes so wedged in your life that it changes from something you craved to something you belong in.”

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.

Decided to hop off my fantasy-rolling-high horse and kick back with a nice contemporary novel in this stormy day. I ended up finishing it in one sitting (and shed a lot of tears.)

I checked its Goodreads ratings and I realized this novel is either a hit or a miss. Thankfully, it ended up being a hit for me!

Love and Other Theories was a nice throwback novel to high school, since the setting took place in Aubrey’s late senior year with graduation coming up and college right ahead of her. It was a nice in a sense that it made me miss the mere idea of high school but once the drama started kicking in the text, I started laughing at myself for even missing high school because this novel captured the shithole of a mess high school had when it came to drama. Nothing to miss there!!!!!! It’s like Mean Girls in book form.

In terms of plot, it was slow. I guess Alexis Bass wanted to build up the romance as much as she could so the pain would only be a hundredfold when she decided to drop the bombs (emphasis on bombS) of pain that just hit Aubrey one after another once we pass the halfway mark.

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The gif above was how I felt for a lot of the characters in the book once the ending was near and I was getting that sorta-negative-wait-this-isn’t-how-I-thought-this-was-gonna-end-NO feeling.

I don’t recommend taking the attitudes of the girls, though. This novel lives by the motto: “If you show that you don’t care even if you do, they’ll stay longer.” I find that wrong. I’m a strong believer in this saying: “There is nothing more beautiful than being desperate. And there is nothing more risky than pretending not to care.”

Overall, I found it hitting home more times than I’d like to admit. Thanks for playing with my feelings, Alexis Bass.

BONUS!
Quotes I liked from the book:

“When you’re the first, you don’t get to be the last, too. Not usually.”
Alexis Bass, Love and Other Theories

“I picture my pain separated into fragments. Instead of getting pierced with a giant knife that has the potential to kill, I’ll just be stabbed occasionally with razor blades. So when he finally leaves me for good, and the last cut is inflicted, I’ll be used to the pain.”
Alexis Bass, Love and Other Theories

“Good-byes are sad, but they don’t have to be. We always knew we’d be moving on, we just never understood what it took to do it, and what we got to take from the people and places we left.”
Alexis Bass, Love and Other Theories

“It’s so easy to look back, but sometimes it’s no use.”
Alexis Bass, Love and Other Theories

“Cowards die many times before their deaths..”
Alexis Bass, Love and Other Theories

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