Love and Other Unknown Variablesby Shannon Lee Alexander
Published on October 7, 2014 by Entangled Teen
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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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).
I hadn’t even heard of this book until my good friend Cassie, a blogger over at Fangirling Misses, told me about it. While she was reading it she kept raving and then finally told me to just read it for myself. And I did…
I have to say, given that it’s topic revolved around the girl having cancer, I was kinda apprehensive because I knew how much I loved The Fault in Our Stars and I wasn’t sure how much I would like this one because of that. Boy how wrong I was. This book was fantastic.
I feel like this one was easier to relate to because because you don’t have teenagers that use metaphors all the time and who seem to have an endless supply of world knowledge. The kids are just like normal teenagers trying to overcome problems.
I also liked the fact that Charlie wasn’t the usual guy. You guys know the ones I’m talking about. Gorgeous, drool worthy, a guy that could make a girl drop her panties in two seconds flat. Charlie isn’t like that. He doesn’t know he’s handsome. He isn’t a pig and hooks up with a whole group of girls. No. He’s a good guy and you don’t see that a lot in books nowadays. It was refreshing.
Our other MC is Charlotte. Even though she has cancer, she doesn’t let that cripple her. She’s strong and doesn’t rely on people. It makes females look strong even in the face of death and I liked that she wasn’t a typical damsel in distress that a lot of books are known for. Charlotte was my favorite out of the two MCs if I had to choose.
Having it in Charlie’s pov was a little surprising but it totally worked for the book! I rarely read in male’s pov so I liked that this book was so different from a lot of books I’ve read before. One of these days I want to read a book where it’s told in the cancer patient POV and she/he dies. It would be something new since you always get the person left behind’s POV.
Supporting characters….I have to say that every single one of them was pretty well developed even if you didn’t get that much time with some of them.
– Mrs. Dunwitty…LOVE HER. I liked her from when Charlie first ran over her garden. She’s so sassy xD
– Greta…She’s like a young Mrs. Dunwitty and doesn’t take anyone’s crap. Probably my favorite supporting character 😉
– Becca. She’s so sweet and kinda reminds me of myself when I was younger and couldn’t even talk to people without having a nervous breakdown
– And then we have Jo or as Charlie always refers to her as, Ms. Finch. We didn’t get all that much of her except when they were playing pranks on her or they were dealing with cancer stuff. But I like her. She’s the calm and rational one of the Finch sisters and brings a sense of maturity to the novel
All in all, it was a very touching book, one that I would recommend to everyone. So…go read it! *makes shooing motions* XD