Book Review: Solving for Ex, Leigh Ann Kopans

I have still another great book for you guys today – isn’t it a glorious thing, how many wonderful, awesome, amazing books there are in the world?!

Anyways, I have for you Solving For Ex – which is out today! Read below to see why you want this book asap.

solvingforexGoodreads blurb: 1 crush on your best friend +
1 gorgeous, scheming new girl +
1 Mathletics competition =
1 big mess

SIMPLIFY.

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: I thought this book was super darling, super sweet, and lots of delightfully geeky fun. There are so few books about girls that rock the mathematical universe, and I just adored the fact that Ashely does, and unapologetically. It’s one thing about herself that she one hundred percent owns and takes pride in, and it’s something everyone else completely accepts about her. I also felt the relationship or lack thereof with Brendan was a great, very sweet, portrayal of the difficulties involved with falling for someone you’re already close to in a different way.

I have to be careful here not to get spoilery, so I’ll say that a few of the other characters were portrayed as being extremely shallow and one-dimensional, and I didn’t love the resolution of one thread as it seemed a little dramatic, but at the same time teens are dramatic and see each event as indelibly transforming their world, and because of how that truth is shown this book is spot on. If you like sweet romances, the most awesome math jokes ever, or stories about being comfortable with who you are, both the weak parts and the strong, this is a book for you.

LAKThe 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. Her debut novel, ONE, is about a girl with only half a superpower, the boy who makes her fly, and her struggle to make herself whole.

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.)

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