Love and Other Unknown Variables


How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Entangled Publishing!


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 the solutions to the universe’s greatest unanswerable problems. 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 pawing at her 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. And in doing so, he puts his own future in jeopardy.

By the time he learns Charlotte is ill—and that the pranks were a way to distract Ms. Finch from Charlotte’s illness—Charlotte’s gravitational pull on Charlie 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).


I requested this book a while ago because I was intrigued by the synopsis. It didn’t take me long to dive into the story and get completely taken in by the characters. Love and Other Unknown Variables does deal with some serious issues. It’s not the light read that you might expect if you judge it on its cover alone.

Love and Other Unknown Variables centres around Charlie Hanson who absolutely loves Maths and Science. He’s convinced of his future and his goals in life, but his life begins to change when he meets Charlotte. Charlie starts to fall for Charlotte, but he’s not aware of the secret sadness she hadn’t told him about. Charlie doesn’t understand the pull Charlotte has on him, but he has to make a decision about which way he’s going to be drawn to.

I love reading books from a male point of view. I thought Charlie was an incredibly endearing character. I worried at first that I wouldn’t connect with him as Maths and Science aren’t favourites of mine. I did connect with him though and loved learning about his family, friends, Charlotte and his teacher (Charlotte’s sister) through his eyes.

There were moments that I found myself smiling through, yet there were moments that moved me. I like that the author has used humour to lift the story a little. It is a dark read, so I did often want a lighter moment to relieve me a little!

The writing is easy to read and I’m certainly intrigued to see where Shannon Lee Alexander goes next.

Would I recommend it?:

An endearing story about first love and friendship!

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