My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Solving for Ex by Leigh Ann Kopans is one of those stories that yanked me right in and I couldn’t put it down until I finished. I love, love, love the whole friends to more story and Kopans not only does this one really well, she does it in a way that made me want more.
Due to being bullied, Ashley moved in with her aunt and uncle and meets Brendan. They quickly become best friends and connect over their love of math. As Ashley and Brendan begin the school year, they both expect her to make the Mathletes team and Ashley hopes that she will get up the courage to say something to Brendan about her crush on him.
Unfortunately for Ashley, there is a gorgeous new girl named Sofia who happens to catch Brendan’s eye. Add Sofia’s sexy twin brother, Vincent to the mix and things quickly veer off course for her. Sofia immediately makes it known that she wants to try out for Mathletes and that she likes Brendan. Ashley begins to worry that not only is her place on the team in jeopardy but her relationship with Brendan is threatened too.
As Ashley comes to terms with what she sees happening between Sofia and Brendan, Vincent starts to make a play for her attention and I have to say, most of my highlights are those parts of the story revolving around Vincent. When he was trying to be swoony he was definitely swoony. I have to admit also, that for most of the story I was annoyed with Brendan because he was falling for Sofia’s tricks and so oblivious to what Ashley felt for him.
I loved how Kopans tied this whole story together. It is more than just a girl likes a boy. Ashley is dealing with depression and bullying and eventually being separated from her family. She is the new girl at a prep school and trying to adapt/fit in. One of the other things I loved was the nerdy math notes throughout the book. Even though I would in no way ever be able to solve most of them, I thought they really made the math part of the story come out.
I don’t want to give anything away on this one but just know that you will want to check this one out. Kopans writes a wonderful Young Adult Romance here that will have you turning the pages to see what happens next for these characters. I have never been disappointed by Kopans’ stories yet and this one only solidified her place on my auto-buy list. I couldn’t put this one down and am excited for others to get a chance to read this one.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars