Hi everyone! Today I have my review for Solving for Ex, and a fabulous giveaway to share with you all, as part of the Solving for Ex blog tour! Thank you to the lovely ladies from The Fantastic Flying Book Club for allowing me to be part of this tour. Check out the rest of the tour here!
Release Date: February 11, 2014
Source: Blog tour
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
1 crush on your best friend +
1 gorgeous, scheming new girl +
1 Mathletics competition =
1 big mess
Ashley Price doesn’t have much in life after being bullied so hard she had to leave her old school to live with her aunt and uncle in Pittsburgh. But the camera she borrowed from her best friend and secret crush Brendan, and her off the charts math abilities, make things a lot more bearable. Plus, since Brendan is the captain, making the school Mathletes team should be easy.
But when gorgeous new girl Sofia rolls in and steals Brendan, Ashley’s place on the team, and her fragile foothold on the Mansfield Park Prep social totem pole, it’s on. Sofia is everything Ashley left her old school to escape. The only thing Ashley didn’t count on is Sofia’s sexy twin brother Vincent.
Vincent is not only the hottest boy in school, he’s charming, sweet, and he’s got his eye on Ashley. He’s also not taking no for an answer. There’s no real reason Ashley shouldn’t like Vincent, but with the
battle lines being drawn between her and Sofia, Ashley’s not sure which side he’s on. Or which side she wants him to be on.
She does know Sofia is trouble with a capital T, and she’s determined to make Brendan see it.
SOLVING FOR EX is a YA contemporary romance that remixes Mansfield Park as Clueless meets Mean Girls in a crazy mix of high school society, mathletic competition, and teenage romance.
– Review –
Solving for Ex is a cute story that had me smiling from ear to ear. With the integration of math and equations, the friendship to romance relationship was utterly adorable and so fun to read about. Solving for Ex isn’t perfect, but it’s definitely light and easy going, perfect for in-between, heavy reads.
The character relationship between the main girl, Ashley, and her best friend Brendan is really tender. Leigh Ann does a fantastic job with making their friendship very believable. Their close relationship makes me wish I had a guy best friend! And of course, I always swoon for the cute and nerdy type in books, so I wholeheartedly loved Brendan. Additionally, at the end of some chapters, there are little calculus equations that turn out to be romantic in some way, which I thought was so clever and perfect! Definitely added to the story in light-hearted manner.
The only real complaint I have for Solving for Exis its predictability. From the start I knew that some characters were a little off, and for that reason I couldn’t fully invest in them. I also knew from the beginning who Ashley was going to end up with. This is just a minor issue though, because it doesn’t affect the story as a whole too badly.
In all, I think Solving for Ex is perfect for readers who are fans of cute romances and even a little bit of nerdy math. While it was a little predictable in the romance department, I still enjoyed the story. It’s a quick read, not only in length but also because it’s a very relaxing and satisfying read. Go check out Solving for Ex if you’re in for a math-y love story!
– About the Author –
Raised on comic books and classic novels, Leigh Ann developed an early love of science fiction and literature. As an adult, she rediscovered her love for not only reading, but also writing the types of fiction that enchanted her as a teen. Solving for Ex was born of her love for Jane Austen’s classics, and how they taught her that love stories could be funny and wickedly smart.
Leigh Ann, her husband, and four children live in Columbus, Ohio. When she’s not immersed in the world of fiction, you can find her obsessing over the latest superhero movie or using her kids as an excuse to go out for ice cream (again.)
– Giveaway –