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Love and Other Theories Hardcover – December 30, 2014
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Gr 9 Up—High school relationships aren't meant to last forever. So says Aubrey Housing and her three closest friends: Melissa, Danica, and ringleader Shelby. They've navigated high school living by their "girl code," which doesn't allow for relationships, jealousy, or hurt. When they are done with a guy, they move on, sometimes employing an "exit strategy" should he get too clingy. Any girl who doesn't live by these theories, like ex-friend Chiffon, is to be ridiculed and belittled or pitied. But when Nathan Diggs shows up in Aubrey's senior drama class, it sets into motion a chain of events that causes Aubrey to question why she was living by the code in the first place. She might just be falling in love and trying her hardest not to be. And when other girls, even Shelby, move in on Nathan, Aubrey finds it hard not to become the jealous girlfriend she's sworn she'd never be. While this is written in a style similar to Deb Caletti or Sarah Dessen, there's a little too much introspection. Also, the story feels far too long, which drags down the action. Plenty of drinking, sex, and profanity are met with a moral in the end, but it's too late to save the relationship, and the ending seems forced.—Kelly Jo Lasher, Middle Township High School, Cape May Court House, NJ
“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)
“Careful, subtle and aching. ” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
“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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The characters are authentic/multifaceted, the situations are complicated, the landscape is as real and reminiscent as it is heartbreaking. It's a rich, bold, gutsy debut, and absolutely deserves to be widely read. Highly recommend.
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Quick & Dirty: Silly theories that overrule common sense!Read more