Love and Other Unknown Variables

Love and Other Unknown Variables

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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 the solutions to the universe's greatest unanswerable problems. He's that smart. It's only a matter of time before there's a Nobel Prize in physics engraved with his name. The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she's counting on the present. She would rather sketch with charcoal pencils, hang out with her best friend, sing in her pitch-perfect voice, or read her favourite book than fill out a college application. Charlie's future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the infinity tattoo on Charlotte's neck. She's not impressed by the strange boy pawing at her until she learns he's a student at Brighton where her sister, Ms. Finch, has just taken a job as the English teacher. At Charlotte's request, Charlie orchestrates the biggest prank campaign in Brighton history. But in doing so, he puts his own future in jeopardy. By the time Charlie learns Charlotte is ill and that the pranks were a way to distract Ms.
Finch from Charlotte's illness, Charlotte's gravitational pull on him 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).
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 352 pages
  • 145 x 214 x 30mm | 454g
  • Entangled Teen
  • Fort Collins, United States
  • English
  • 1622664671
  • 9781622664672
  • 591,297

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A heartwarming YA story of love and entering the unknown territories of adulthood. "Kirkus Reviews"

A quirky and heartbreaking coming-of-age novel. Fans of The Fault In Our Stars will fall in love with Charlie and Charlotte's story! "International bestselling author Julie Cross"

Heartbreaking and real, Love and Other Unknown Variables will have readers experiencing the soaring heights of first-time love with whip-smart characters reminiscent of a John Green novel. "Swoony Boys Podcast"

It took me 1.00749 seconds to fall in love with this book. Love and Other Unknown Variables shines with the light of a thousand stars, and Sharon Lee Alexander's smart and emotive storytelling creates a chemical reaction called: Love At First Sentence. "Regina at Mel, Erin, & Regina Read-A-Lot"

(Humor + Snark) x (Love + Strength) / Tears = a book that I couldn't put down. Not once in my life did I ever think I would stay up all night reading a book that involved math, but it happened. Shannon L. Alexander has written a story that will stay with me for a very long time. "Flutters and Flails"

Brilliantly poetic and touching, this book ripped the heart out of my chest, stomped on it, and then fluffed it back up and stuffed it back inside me. "A TiffyFit's Reading Corner""
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About Shannon Lee Alexander

Shannon Alexander was compelled to write Love and Other Unknown Variables after the death of her best friend to ovarian cancer. She is a member of SCBWI and She Writes, and works as a copy editor for Sucker Literary, a showcase for new and undiscovered writers of young adult literature. She recently completed her seventh Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in Washington D.C., and is an active supporter of cancer research.
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Rating details

1,971 ratings
3.96 out of 5 stars
5 37% (723)
4 34% (663)
3 22% (425)
2 6% (110)
1 3% (50)

Our customer reviews

I received a digital copy of this book through NetGalley from Entangled Teen for review. When I first found this book on NetGalley my thoughts were "oooh a book with a Maths reference on the front let's request that" thinking I wouldn't get a chance because of Entangled's rules on reviewers. But I got a copy and can I just make a huge point of how incredibly happy that made me. This book is what I would describe as my perfect book: it had plenty of maths (I am studying it at uni ok?), plenty of comedy and had an essence of 'The Fault in Our Stars'. There were moments when I laughed out loud and moments where, had I not been on the train when reading them, I would have been in absolute floods of tears. 'Love and Other Unknown Variables' starts off with Charlie Hanson who has his life planned out: he wants to go to MIT study Maths and get a Nobel Prize. His love life is irrelevant to him in the fact he's tried it on with girls and nothing has gone quite to plan in that respect; and he kind of has no concept of personal space: when we first meet him he basically plays with the girl in front of him in the queue's hair, who he doesn't know, so that he can have a better look at her tattoo. And his obsession develops from there. I found the pranks that the Maths people played on the English teacher hilarious although, being a bit of a Maths nerd myself, I don't understand how none of them enjoy reading or English in any way. Ms. Finch is the teacher who I would look up to so much if I still was in a school environment. The other thing I loved about this book is how its set in a school where the clever kids are cool rather than bullied by the other students; and the university application process seemed so familiar. Having gone into this book without having a clue what it was about I was so pleasantly surprised, although halfway through I did read the Goodreads synopsis which I admit revealed a little more than I would've liked it to and therefore spoilt a bit for me, because I didn't know until then it was going to be a book about illness so it was very intricately done, but all the same I don't think I've read a book so fast and so engrossed since I first read 'Looking For Alaska' by John Green. The Chapter numbering was another thing I really appreciated: the first chapter and the last chapter are both named 1.0 which as you're reading through the book will mean a lot more, but I just wanted to point it out. I am absolutely in LOVE with this book and I will be going out to get it as soon as its released which according to Goodreads is Tuesday 7th October (however the Book Depository says 1st November so it may be a US/UK difference) If you would like to purchase 'Love and Other Unknown Variables' if can be found here: I am an affiliate so if you purchase through my link I get a small commission which funds the rest of my reading:)show more
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