Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Blog Tour: Solving for Ex by Leigh Ann Kopans


Title: Solving for Ex
Author: Leigh Ann Kopans
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Author
Publication Date: 11th February 2014

Tell Me About It
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 thebattle 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.

I read and loved Leigh's previous book One, so when the opportunity came up to review Solving for Ex I did not hesitate in requesting a copy. Living in the UK we didn't have clubs like Mathletes in my schools, and I love how the USA schools have all of these little clubs for anyone to join, and all the school spirit that goes into most of these clubs.

Throughout Solving for Ex, the chapters are divided with problems that are solved by the person they are meant for, and since maths isn't my strong point I was lost with the first problem mentioned in the first chapter, and failed even more on trying to work out how they got the solutions for the other problems, but this just made the book more fun and interactive.

I am going to try not to ruin too much of this book, so this review will hopefully be my thoughts on it, rather than what happens in the pages. I read Solving for Ex at a bad time in my life, but it kept me focused and for the few hours I was reading it, I managed to forget what was happening around me, allowing myself a bit or peace and normalcy, but also letting myself fall into another persons life.

When I began reading Solving for Ex I could not stop, the world, the characters, and the plot itself drew me in and each time the chapter ended I had to know what was going to happen next, it was a literal page turner. Solving for Ex is a simple story with no fuss or fanciness, but one that feels natural and real. with peer pressure, bullying, love, friendship all dealt with in a nice way that made it easy to relate to what Ashley is dealing with.

A lot of personalities come through in Solving for Ex, some are overpowering, like Vincent, some fade into the background only appearing when the need strikes, like Sofia, and as their secrets are revealed we find that their personality suits them perfectly.

As Solving for Ex nears an end we get to see Ashley really shine, she is no longer the person who left her old school, she is a new improved Ashley and I love how strong she is for standing up for the truth and knowing what she wants. She makes her own decision and chooses her own path, and her final stand has consequences from others, but by choosing to make a stand for this and not be beaten down by what others want her to do she finds the strength she never knew she had. What happens after her stand is made is up to you to discover yourselves.

Praise for SOLVING FOR EX by LeighAnn Kopans
“Amazing! If you like Sarah Dessen you will LOVE this.”
- Emma Pass, author of Acid and The Fearless (Random House)
"Putting a modern spin on a Jane Austen classic, Solving for Ex proves that brains can be sexier than brawn. In this complicated equation of high school drama, mean girls, mathletics, and romance, LeighAnn delivers yet another beautifully written young adult novel that authentically captures teenage emotions while also capturing the reader's heart."
- Nikki Godwin, author of Chasing Forever Down, American Girl on Saturn, and the upcoming Falling from the Sky
“Ashley is the kind of girl you want to root for, smart and capable and self-assured, despite of, or maybe because of, her vulnerabilities. And in Brenden, LeighAnn has crafted a boy worth of such a girl. Through all the heartbreak and angst of high school, their connection is undeniable and pressing. It's elementary, dear readers - Solving for Ex is one must-read romance.”
- Jenny Kaczorowski, author of The Art of Falling (Bloomsbury 2013)
“If you only read one book in 2014, make sure it's Solving For Ex! I sincerely doubt that you'd regret reading it; it's intelligent, hilarious, intense and touching…Honestly one of the most amazing books I have ever read.”
-Luciana Scath, blogger at Figments of our Imagination

Hi Michelle! Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog to share my playlist for Solving for Ex!

Playlist posts are my absolute favorite because music is such a huge part of my writing process. When I re-listen to my (originally much bigger) playlist, I can so easily pick out the songs that were the biggest influence on the book. Let’s get started!

FNT by Semisonic – In this song, a boy tells a girl that he can’t believe nobody’s ever told her how amazing, gorgeous, and desirable she is. “I’m surprised that you’ve never been told before/that you’re lovely and your perfect and that somebody wants you.” Vincent to Ashley all the way.

Hands Down by Dashboard Confessional – Angsty and jubilant at the same time, this song belongs on every single Teen Romance playlist. Hands down.

My Life Would Suck Without You by Kelly Clarkson – Perfect song for the end of the book, no spoilers. I’ve always loved this song, which makes its inclusion on this playlist all the sweeter.

Better Than Revenge by Taylor Swift – I swear, Taylor created this song so that fictional Ashley could sing it to fictional Sofia. It’s absolutely brilliant. “She had to know the pain was beating on me like a drum/She underestimated just who she was stealing from.” Ha!

Delicate by Damien Rice – A song that’s both sweet and painful about the complications of friends-to-
romance relationships.

Just My Imagination by The Temptations – A song about staring at the person you desperately want to be with and pining, pining, pining. There’s a lot of pining in Solving for Ex, so this is a perfect song.

Somewhere Only We Know by Keane – A song about that special connection we’re only lucky enough to have with one or two people our whole lives.

Kiss the Girl by Ashley Tisdale – Yeah, I know in its original format this song sounds kind of squicky, but when Ashley Tisdale performs it, it feels kind of girl power “kiss-me-already” that Solving for Ex’s Ashley experiences a couple times in this book.

Addicted to Love by Florence + the Machine – A song for Vincent. Poor guy. Sort of.

Fell in Love Without You by Motion City Soundtrack – For my sweet Ashley when she finally stands up for herself, the first time. “Last night I fell in love without you/The coup-de-grace that set me off/Would've made for decent fiction.” Yep. Sure does.

You can visit the playlist here: http://www.youtube.com/playlistlist=PLVAUVmVH1fXgiMNIYZnZpOOZif1kjZfhT

Or watch/listen to it here:

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About Leigh
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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