Please join me in congratulating my critique partner and friend, Alexis Bass, as her YA debut novel, Love and Other Theories, releases today!
When my fellow critique partners and I read this story, we knew it would be the one – the one that would get Alexis an agent – Suzie Townsend, New Leaf Literary. The one that would get her a book deal – HarperTeen!
Love and Other Theories takes you on an exciting emotional journey through friendships and romantic relationships. You won’t be able to get the characters out of your head! A Must Read!
If you want more, you have to give less.
That’s the secret to dating in high school. By giving as little as they expect to get in return, seventeen-year-old Aubrey Housing and her three best friends have made it to the second semester of their senior year heartbreak-free. And it’s all thanks to a few simple rules: don’t commit, don’t be needy, and don’t give away your heart.
So when smoking-hot Nathan Diggs transfers to Lincoln High, it shouldn’t be a big deal. At least that’s what Aubrey tells herself. But Nathan’s new-boy charm, his kindness, and his disarming honesty throw Aubrey off her game and put her in danger of breaking the most important rule of all: don’t fall in love.
Check out this amazing Kirkus review:
A system for avoiding heartbreak falls apart in an unexpectedly insightful tale of friendship and loyalty.
Aubrey’s friends spend their weekends making out with boys at parties, drinking Slurpees mixed with vodka, and hurling insults at their ex-friend, Chiffon. Now that Aubrey has gotten into her dream school and eased off her work schedule, she can join them. Just before the start of their junior year, Shelby, the de facto group leader, developed the titular theories. High school boys, according to the theories, are incapable of commitment, so girls should enjoy sex and never expect anything afterward. But when good-looking outsider Nathan Diggs shows up in Aubrey’s drama class, and Nathan and Aubrey quickly become inseparable, Aubrey is tempted to forget that she’s become “evolved.” What looks poised to be a romantic comedy (girl meets boy; theories fail; love triumphs) turns into something far more complex and bittersweet. Each character’s life is carefully imagined, from Chiffon, the target of the girls’ ridicule, to Shelby herself, whose carefree armor slowly begins to crack. The bullying is never forgiven. The lovers, once estranged, are never entirely reunited. The theories are indeed debunked, but what is left in their place is a kind of vulnerability and regret that can’t be summed up in a romantic platitude.
Careful, subtle and aching. (Fiction. 14-18)
Love and Other Theories is now available (as of December 30, 2014) at Barnes and Noble, and other fine book stores and retailers everywhere!