Love and Other Unknown Variables

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.

3 Purples Stars


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