Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander
“I’m kind of in love with the idea that kindred spirits stay connected no matter the distance between them.” – Love and Other Unknown Variables
This is the story of a brilliant, albeit, awkward teen Charlie, and his relationship with Charlotte. Charlotte is a free spirit who lives in the present because of her illness. Charlotte’s sister happens to be Charlie’s English teacher and in order to distract her sister, Charlie becomes a prankster. With college on the horizon, and Charlotte becoming something more to Charlie, he finds that math isn’t the most important thing anymore.
First off, this book is a tear jerker. Just warning you ahead of time so you have kleenex on hand, I didn’t so I was blubbering over my kindle. Okay now I really enjoyed this book. Shannon Lee Alexander writes Charlie perfectly, he the quintessential teenage boy who’s trying to figure out his first real relationship. Charlotte is a girl, wise beyond her years but also slightly annoying (partly because of her illness). The two are navigating their relationship, her illness and Charlie’s impending leave for college in the fall. I enjoyed the two characters together, but sometimes I felt their relationship was sudden, rushed and unrealistic. It was an enjoyable read that is easy and fun. 3.5/5
Published: 2014, 352 pages.