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
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