Love and Other Theories

Love and Other Theories

by Alexis Bass


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Love and Other Theories is a fast-paced twist on the coming-of-age novel and the romantic comedy that Kirkus Reviews called "careful, subtle, and aching" in a starred review.

Aubrey and her best friends made a pact to play by the guys' rules when it comes to dating. They're hoping the rules will keep them from experiencing high school heartbreak—they don't realize that these rules could just as easily keep them from opening their hearts and minds.

And when new boy Nathan Diggs moves to town, Aubrey starts to think that some rules are meant to be broken.

With equal parts bite and romance, topped off with an irresistibly engaging voice, Alexis Bass's novel is one you won't want to miss.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062275325
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/30/2014
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,268,564
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Alexis Bass grew up in Washington, went to college in Arizona, and currently lives in Northern California, where she works in marketing. This is her first novel.

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Love and Other Theories 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Totally different than what I usually read but it was a good book I recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alexis Bass takes an unflinching look at love and sex in high school. Aubrey and her friends hook up with boys when they want to because they want to. They are not worried about others' feeling because, according to their theories, feelings make you needy and pathetic. On the surface, they're mean, self-centered mean girls, but...just wait...the story is about so much more than that. Aubrey and her friends learn that feelings are required for personal growth. They don't make you weak; they make you human. Some level of heartbreak is inevitable when you love people--friends as well as boy/girlfriends. Playing by their self-imposed rules only delays the inevitable, and everyone has to face the messy truths of love and heartbreak before they can move on.
Sarah_UK1 More than 1 year ago
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) I’m crying, my kindle battery is dead, I’ve eaten a whole packet of jaffa cakes, and I’m slightly tipsy, and all because of this book! I really liked the characters in this book. Aubrey was such a normal girl, with the normal sort of feelings that girls have, and Nathan was super sweet. How this pair went so wrong I don’t know, but it was seriously sad. The storyline in this was pretty gripping, while it was in part about the ‘rules’ that Aubrey and her friends were supposed to follow, it was also a love story, and Aubrey and Nathan just seemed so right for each other! I spent the whole book hoping and praying that love would win through, and that this pair would admit that they were right for one another, but after a while it seemed evident that Aubrey wouldn’t be the only one with a broken heart at the end of this story. The romance in this was super sweet while it was happening, and absolutely crushingly heart-breaking when it wasn’t. Every bump in the road that this pair faced I felt so deeply, and I could not put this book down without knowing what would happen! You know one of those books where what is happening is so painful that you can’t breathe? That’s how this book made me feel, and I was so, so upset as the storyline developed and things went wrong for Aubrey and Nathan. The ending to this was really sad, and even though Aubrey was looking on the bright side, I just felt so sad! I totally felt like I was going through the events in this story with the characters, and I really felt the heartbreak with poor Aubrey. I really hate that this is the ending for these two – I want more! Overall; heart-breaking YA contemporary romance, 8.5 out of 10
DahlELama More than 1 year ago
This was actually a surprisingly brutal read for me, super uncomfortable-making in the way only Corey Ann Haydu's books have really gotten to me until now. Bass just so well nails the feeling of watching yourself lose someone you really care about and being powerless to stop it, and my heart hurt for so much of this spot-on accurate book. It makes matters so much worse that as the reader (especially as an adult) you know Aubrey isn't powerless, but...teenagers gonna teen, and in context, it totally works, and totally hurts.
csingh More than 1 year ago
I'm not going to lie, I thought this book was going to be a light, "fluffy" read, but instead the story was darker and more insightful than expected.  I also wasn't disappointed by this discovery.  Instead, I found myself fascinated with the characters and what was going on in their lives. I really liked Aubrey. She's gotten into the top college of her choice and is now looking forward to enjoying her senior year.  The perfect opportunity arises with the arrival of a new boy Nathan, who just happens to be hot.  She's not looking for anything lasting, but then again she thinks she's prepared to fend off heartbreak.  I thought the philosophies Aubrey and her three besties had adopted when it came to high school relationships was a very unique way to look at relationships.  It seemed mature and yet limiting at the same time. There were a number of plot twists I didn't see coming, although I probably would've if I wasn't so engrossed in the book.  There was lots of drama and it seemed like so much could've been avoided if the characters had just talked to each other as opposed to ignoring things. The end took me by surprise, but I liked how mature it was. It almost seemed too mature, especially considering it involved teenage girls.  The characters really took me back to high school.  I could relate to how together they looked, when on the inside they were really insecure. Alexis Bass has written a book that made my heart race at possible betrayals by Aubrey's inner circle.  I loved seeing Aubrey have so many revelations and seeing how different she was from the person I met at the beginning of the story.  She truly underwent a figurative transformation.  I can't wait to see how Alexis follows this novel with her next book.  
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Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Love & Other Theories by Alexis Bass Publisher: HarperTeen Publication Date: December 30, 2014 Rating: 1 star Source: eARC from Edelweiss Summary (from Goodreads): Love and Other Theories is a fast-paced twist on the coming-of-age novel . . . and the romantic comedy. Aubrey and her best friends made a pact to play by the guys' rules when it comes to dating. They're hoping the rules will keep them from experiencing high school heartbreak--they don't realize that these rules could just as easily keep them from opening their hearts and minds. And when new boy Nathan Diggs moves to town, Aubrey starts to think that some rules are meant to be broken. With equal parts bite and romance, topped off with an irresistibly engaging voice, Alexis Bass's debut novel is one you won't want to miss.  What I Liked: No. Absolutely nothing. *shudders* What I Did Not Like: There could be spoilers in this review. There might not be. I just know that this book pissed me off, so I might say too much specifically. You are warned. Here we go. I really tried with this book. I wanted to DNF at so many points, but I did indeed finish the book. But I struggled so much. I struggle with many contemporary novels, but I wanted to give this one a shot. I participated in the cover reveal for the book, so I was more open to reading this contemporary novel than other winter contemporary novels. Gosh, I kind of regret that logic.  Aubrey and her friends are like the Plastics in Mean Girls. Literally, they are worst, more horrible girls I have ever met. They ostracized one of their friends years ago because a boy liked THAT friend, and not Shelby, who liked that boy. Seriously?! What is that!? And it gets worse. The girls have theories, rules that govern how they act around boys and what they do, and basically, how to have "fun" and not get serious with boys. Enter new boy Nathan, a perfectly good person, whom Aubrey ruins. She ruins him, she turns him into an awful person. They start hooking up the first day of meeting each other, and she pushes him, even though he ISN'T LIKE THAT.  I hate Aubrey (and her friends) so much. They are the cruel b****es in high school (and college) that everyone hates, because they're fake and pretty and cruel and have sex/hook up with everyone and act like it doesn't matter. Let's be clear about something - I'm a nineteen-year-old sophomore in college. I know allllllll about the hook-up culture that dictates the young adult world these days. I HATE IT. I hate how loose people are with sex and intimacy, and this book completely pissed me off, for that reason. Like, here is something (spoiler ahead): Nathan and Aubrey have been hooking up for weeks, but then all of a sudden, they have a disconnect, and Nathan and Shelby start hooking up. Nathan, who acts like Aubrey hung the moon, and Shelby, Aubrey's best friend. WHAT?! HOW?! WHY?! Why would either of them do that?! If either of them had any respect for Aubrey, they wouldn't do that. Not that I feel bad for Aubrey. She keeps going back to her ex-boyfriend/ex-f*** buddy, Trip Chapman. It's so pathetic. That girl does not have a spine, does not know how to say no. Gosh, the amount of stupid decisions and stupid girls and fakeness and all-around stupidity that happened in this book almost blew my mind. Are girls in real life this DUMB?! Do they really throw themselves at any and all of the males like that?! Again, this reminds me of Mean Girls, except a hundred times more cruel, and we're following the perspectives of the Plastics, the girls we hate.  And we're supposed to root for them - Aubrey/Shelby/the rest of the girls. Um, no. The only girl I might have sympathized with was Melissa, because she was virtuous and innocent and intelligent, but even her decisions were questionable, towards the end of the book. This book seemed to be one long party. Literally that is ALL that Aubrey and her friends do - hop from one party to another, every night. And of course, Aubrey and Nathan hook up basically every night. Look, I'm sorry (except not), but that is not appealing to me. I don't care if "normal" high schoolers do that - when I was in high school (just two years ago), that was NOT how I did things.  Honestly, if Aubrey or Shelby or any of the girls (or guys) in this book were real, I would hate them so much. I hate them in the book, but I would hate them so much in real life. And it's really hard to like a book when you straight-up ABHOR the characters. I would want to punch them all. Seriously. We would not get along.  The ending is mildly satisfying. I mean, not really, but kind of. I still hate everyone. But the ending is excellent, because I hate everyone, and in the end, there is no everyone. If that makes sense. Also, for the record? I have so many problems with the summary. "Fast-paced"? Yeah right. This book went at a turtle's pace. " won't want to miss." - you can miss this one. Trust me. Okay, no more, I think you all get what I'm saying. Would I Recommend It: Ha. No. Don't waste your time, energy, sleep, etc. Why in the world did I think that this book would be a good one. WHY. Rating: 1 star. No stars. This one gets nothing from me. Gosh, what an awful book.