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Solve for i Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B06VTJMC8F
- Publication date : February 10, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1380 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 359 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0994177941
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #564,523 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In my review for Under My Skin I said that A.E. Dooland was a remarkable talent who had created a fully-formed cast of flawed, insecure, ultimately lovable people - the kind I wouldn't mind having as friends and neighbors. After reviewing Flesh & Blood (Under My Skin Book 2) , which I thoroughly enjoyed, I said I'd probably be back to rave about Solve for i , and I was right!
'Solve for i' features primarily the same cast of characters, but the narrative's point of view shifts from Min Lee, the conflicted 'is-he-or-isn't-she' transman of the 'Skin' novels, to that of Gemma, a socially awkward accountant and maths geek whose sexuality comes into question when, first, she kisses Min Lee in a pub, and then realizes she's crushing HARD on her straight, attached and pregnant BFF, Sarah. Sarah, with whom she's traveled the world, shared drunken nights and heartaches, work and play and good and bad... THAT Sarah. What's a confused, socially awkward, borderline alcoholic young Aussie woman to do?
'Solve for i' is a light, fun read - no great truths or profound meditations, but a well-written account of a young woman's awakening to desire. So THIS is why she found dating so difficult, and felt so little desire for the men she met!
My only niggle is that, as with Min's story in the 'Skin' novels, Gemma's internal dialogue is overladen with misunderstandings and misinterpretations. If I had as much difficult understanding my BFF of ten years, or getting said BFF to hear me out instead of talking over me as I try to express my innermost fears and dreams, I might begin to wonder if she really WAS my BFF.
As I said, a niggle that scarcely impacts the pleasure I got from devouring Gemma's story, groaning over her missteps and rooting for her happy ending. I have no difficulty recommending Ms. Dooland's work - all three volumes of it - and look forward to the next installment. I don't know what she might bring to the story of Henry, Sarah and Rob - all straight and relatively conflict-free - but I'll read it if she writes it. Meanwhile, Bree's story has yet to be told from her viewpoint, and I will be altogether bummed if Mikey doesn't get her own book ASAP!
We're waiting, Ms. Dooland!
Since this is the chronological end, even though I started with "Solve for i," I'd end reviews with it. I don't regret that I read "Solve for i" first.
Since Gemma shows up in Under My Skin, and because of the encounter with Min, I would have guessed which way Gemma was leaning. I liked the fact that Gemma was slowly trying to figure it out well after she thought she knew about herself. Gemma is a good candidate for a spinoff because she shares being a nervous introvert with Min. The same introspective prose works fine with Gemma.
The author's prose is very detailed. I was at some restaurant and saw a bald guy and thought, "wait, where did I see a bald guy in a really awkward social situation?" Then I remembered it was the Spud incident. It's rare to find a prose so detailed your brain will try to remember a fictional incident in real life. While 4K-High-Definition-prose isn't for everybody because it takes a lot of processing time, I loved every minute of it.
This story was lovely in general. Despite my allergic reaction to the overused word "cute," I think it fits also. I'm looking forward to this author making me read straight through the night again in near future.
I really love how the timid and always blushing nerd finally realized she could go things for herself and got her girl. The kinky sex scene with a perfect 10 was also a nice touch. :)