Love and Other Unknown Variables
Release Date: 10/07/14
Summary from Goodreads:
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).
I have always believed there are two kinds of people numbers and word people. Math is my Waterloo, if you need anything involving words and I’m your woman but when it comes to numbers and I am adrift. However this is not the case for Charlie Hanson yet interpersonal relationships escape him. Despite the fictional success of the Big Bang Theory’s Sheldon’s of the world Charlie’s great brain has not made him an unqualified success with the ladies. For the most part he is not overly concerned Charlie’s focus is on all things math related until a random trip to Starbucks derails his meticulously ordered life.
So intrigued by the tattoo on the girl’s neck ahead of him in line Charlie cannot help but touch the infinity symbol and then promptly trips all over his literal interpretation of “hope”. Though he cannot stop thinking about the exchange the chances of running into the girl with the tattoo again seem slim. That is until he goes into his kitchen after school only to meet his sister’s new friend Charlotte aka the girl from Starbucks.
Shannon Lee Alexander excels at characterization, her Charlie is one of the most appealing, so intelligent he is almost disabled protagonists I have read about since The Rosie Project. Though I might question the students scorn of English and in particular their teachers at The Brighton School but perhaps that is just my perspective as a “word” person. Regardless Love and Other Unknown Variables is worth the read.
About the Author
Shannon Lee Alexander is a wife, mother (of two kids and one yellow terrier named Harriet Potter). She is passionate about coffee, books, and cancer research. Math makes her break out in a sweat. Love and Other Unknown Variables is her debut novel. She currently lives in Indianapolis with her family.
GIVEAWAY: Grand Prize (2): Signed book, bookmark, tissue holder, temporary tattoo, mathematical charm, science/math book page rose pin (made by Shannon), infinity charm bracelet (made by Shannon).
One 2nd place prize: Signed bookmark, tissues, temporary tattoo, mathematical charm, science/math book page rose pin (made by Shannon), infinity charm bracelet (made by Shannon).
3 Runners-up prizes: Signed bookmark, temporary tattoo, science/math book page rose ring (made by Shannon)