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A 2015 Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence Finalist in the Young Adult with Romantic Elements category.
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).
Gr 9 Up—Charlie believes that all problems can be solved using science and math, and his experiences at the Brighton School of Math haven't changed his perspective at all. His classmates are used to tormenting the English teacher, who is driven away each year by pranks that are somehow ignored by an administration that places little value on the subject. On the first day of his senior year, however, everything changes when he meets a beautiful stranger at Krispy Kreme and discovers that her older sister is the new English teacher. Charlotte of donut shop fame begins to hang out at his house with his younger sister Becca, both of whom attend a different high school and have become good friends, which is a surprise to everyone who knows how anxiety interferes with Becca's social life (or lack thereof). Charlie's plan to focus on his goal of attending MIT comes to a crashing halt when he finds himself falling hard and fast for a girl who has a fatal problem he can't solve. Charlotte and Charlie make a sweet couple, but it is Charlie who steals the show, as Alexander creates a believably confused adolescent frustrated by his feelings and his lack of control over the cancer that is destined to take Charlotte from him. Perfect for fans of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and Lurlene McDaniel's fiction.—Kerry Sutherland, Akron-Summit County Public Library, OH
Love and Other Unknown Variables or That Feeling When You Laugh and Cry at the Same Time
Charlie attends Brighton School of Math and Science, a school for the nerds and everything in his life had been planned out a long time ago. He will graduate and attend MIT an resolve great questions. While Charlie and the other kids from his school love math and science, this can’t be s... ...more
Love and Other Unknown Variables ended up being a much more emotional read than I expected, and one that has substance and depth. Not the fluffy story I somehow expected after seeing this cover and blurb (which, to be fair, I only skimmed). There were things that were a tad annoying like the pran... ...more
“Please don't confuse love and logic Charlie. They aren't even remotely related. “
I have a crush on Charlie Hanson.
First of all, I loooooove stories written from a male point of view… let me clarify. I love them when they’re done well, and this one…. Well it’s done amazingly well.
Secondly… I... ...more
This book was not at all what I expected. I thought it was going to be this cute, frivolous little love story that would likely warm my heart and leave me with a smile on my face. I couldn't have been more wrong.
This is what some might deem a "cancer book". But I didn't know that going into it.... ...more
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Warning: I feel like it's my duty to warn you that you'll see this book connected and compared to the other cancer book we all have heard of. While the reasons for that are there and the comparison is justified in my opinion, I also want to say that this is no... ...more
Review to come closer to release date. I feel like my heart was just ripped out of my chest, stomped upon, bandaged and re-inflated, and then stuffed back into me with a sweet kiss and a hug of understanding. I'm smiling through my tears. Wonderful story. ...more
This was fantastic! Take Stephanie Perkins and mix her with John Green and you get this! ...more
~~4.5 INFINITE HOPE HEARTS~~
Release date October 7th, 2014
That was a really emotional read for me but it didn't make me cry. If you loved TFIOS then you’ll enjoy this book. Charlotte & Charlie’s story is one that you won’t easily forget. It did make me laugh a little at the beginning. I like... ...more
This is a review of an ARC provided through Netgalley by Entangled Press in exchange for an honest review.
I don’t even know where to begin with how much I love “Love and Other Unknown Variables.” Love may not be a strong enough word. There are so many things about it that make it a breath of fres... ...more
This is way better than The Fault in Our Stars. And I liked that book. Imagine that.
I love how honest, funny and emotional this book is. I don't like Math but this books made me tolerate Math. You read a cancer book, you think "Oh my God, this is gonna be a sob-fest."
Well, with this book... ...more
“Scientists believe time travel is something like that, in its simplest sense, the leaping across from one part of the circle to another. If it’s true, everything lasts forever.
“Which sucks, because it means I will miss you forever. But it’s cool, too, because it means in my own stupid way, I ge... ...more
I can't believe that this is Shannon Lee Alexander's debut. All the flails. All the fun. All the feels.
MIT-bound nerd Charlie Hanson's world is completely changed when he notices a girl with a tattoo on her neck in line in front of him. He can't help but to touch her, and their connection is inst... ...more
I mean...how am I supposed to form words about my love of Charlie. IDK if they have invented them yet.
I can't say enough about how well done this book is. I have an affinity for male POV, and this is done so well. I fell instantly in love with his thinking and its really a well done "nerd romance... ...more
THIS BOOK. Oh my, I don’t even know where to start with this. ALL the feels, people, ALL THE FEELS!!
“Sometimes life is like that, you know. It smacks
us when we’re down. The brave get back up. At least, they do in the
I received this book from Netgalley/publisher in exchange of an honest review.
I am not one who loves mathematics and I was at first a bit worried about reading this, worried that I might not like it since I have no affinity with maths. Luckily you don't need to love maths to love this book.
I liked this book- I think I would have liked it more if I wasn't subconsciously comparing it to The Fault in Our Stars at times. To be fair, I LOVED the main character Charlie because he was such a sweet, awkward guy who honestly wanted to be the best person he could be. He had such an impressiv... ...more
**This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review**
A very good read. It was emotional, raw, humorous, real, and simply adorable. It was quite a rollercoaster of a story.
I will definitely say that I wasn't moved, I shed no tears, and I didn't really get sad... BUT I rea... ...more
I do not have the words to tell you how amazing this book it. As a matter of fact, I don't think there are enough words in the universe to tell you how much I loved it. If you are a John Green fan (like I am), just take the utter swooniness of Augustus Waters (The Fault in Our Stars) and the obs... ...more
I HAVE FOREVER TO RECOVER RIGHT?!
GOD! THIS BOOK JUST CRUSHED MY HEART AND SOUL AND EVERY FIBER BEING IN ME!!
I cried and cried and cried and even if it's an E-book, I cannot look at it without crying. I absolutely hated it, it's awesome!
What can I say when I am at loss... ...more
Очень понравилась книга. Давно у меня такого не было. Последние страниц 10-15 слезы вообще было не сдержать.
Захотелось познакомиться с творчеством этого автора поближе.
Pourquoi j'ai choisi ce livre? lol
C'est une histoire tendre, drôle et émouvante. ...more
Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander
Average Rating on Goodreads: 4.30 of 5 Stars
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
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 inevitabl... ...more
I received this ARC on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
FIRSTLY, I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT IF YOU CRIED WHILE READING THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, PREPARE AN EXTRA LARGE BOX OF TISSUES WHEN YOU'RE ABOUT TO READ THIS BOOK!
Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior... ...more