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Atomic number: 8
Name of chemical element: Oxygen
Every theory has a test subject … even between best friends.
The pact: Stanford.
The betrayal: AJ attending Duke.
The reason: She did something stupid like fall in love with Evan.
The problem: Evan's not ready to let this betrayal go so easily.
The solution: Find AJ and fix them.
The Theory of Unrequited, Book One in The Science of Unrequited Series: The Story of AJ & Evan
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I would first like to say that author Len Webster is a fantastic writer and storyteller. That said, I just didn't feel this book. I wasn't able to connect with these characters at all. The characters are teenagers and in college. This normally isn't a problem for me, but for some reason, I just never felt invested in them. I think some has to do with the chosen 3rd person writing style and some to do with the time jumps from past to present. I understand that this is a friends to lovers story, and that there is going to be some back story, However, when it causes you to REALLY focus to keep things straight and you are going back and forth with the time jumps, you lose some of the connectivity with the characters (at least I do). I am so busy trying to keep track of what happened when that I never fully get invested in the characters. With that said, WOW can Len Webster write realistic teen angst. Holy crap! She was able to capture the reactions and the feelings and actions that we as teenagers were ALL guilty of. Excellent job! Overall, this story just didn't work for me personally as a reader. I don't discourage anyone from reading it at all. Like I said this author is very talented, I just think that this series is not for me. This book does end on a cliffhanger, I will probably check out book 2 only because I can't stand to not know what happens LOL, but I am not sure it will be a automatic grab for me to devour when it comes out. You never know though!
This is an angst-filled page-turner that I couldn't help but love. I do believe it's the first time I'm seeing an author dedicate a book to a singer. I researched the lyrics to "Say Love" by JoJo and I realised it captured so much of AJ's feelings. Friends for all their lives, AJ & Evan have a bond that nothing has ever come between - nothing, that is, until she leaves him stranded, not knowing where she's disappeared to. Told in switches from flashbacks to present day, we have a bird's eye view of not just AJ's pain, but Evan's growing confusion as he realises that his best friend has become as necessary as oxygen to him. Having to share her with his brother only fuels his uncertainty about his place in her life. My main thought throughout was: How could Evan be so blind? I wanted to strangle him sometimes, throw my phone across the room, but then I remembered the title of the book, so I kept reading. I felt AJ's pain acutely. Been there, have the t-shirt to prove it. I liked that she embraced the good sort of selfish, and decided to look out for herself, for once. I definitely look forward to the "Solution to Unrequited"with bated breath. I cannot wait for this story's conclusion. I voluntarily read & reviewed an ARC of this book
I loved this book! Alexandra aka AJ is an incredibly smart character who wants to major in physics in college and dreams of winning a Nobel Prize. How awesome is that! As a female in a male dominated profession (engineering) I love that AJ is so smart and she knows what she wants and she has for a long time. She just has no doubt that she will succeed. It’s so refreshing to read. But she has issues with her dating life. Not that she doesn’t have male admirers, she does. But she has two guys who feel it’s their duty in life to watch out for her and protect her. Evan is one of them. He’s totally oblivious until he loses AJ. And then the books ends...on a cliffhanger!! I can’t wait to read the second book. I definitely recommend reading this book with its strong female lead who decides she doesn’t want to take crap from anyone! Reviewed by: Alexis B.
The title, The Theory of Unrequited, should tell you alone that love is out of reach, but the story of Evan and AJ goes so much deeper than just untouchable love. AJ, also known as Alex, Alexi, or even Alexandrea, depending on whom she is talking to, has fallen in love with her best friend, Evan Gilmore. Unfortunately, Evan only sees AJ as his best friend. They have grown up together and he has nothing more than sister like feelings towards her. However, his older brother, Kyle, has made his feelings pretty clear that he is in love with Alexi. Unfortunately for Kyle, AJ only loves him like a big brother. So the tangled web of unrequited is cast. Yet, that is only the beginning of a complicated love formula. Anyone who understands algebra (that isn't me), but from what I remember, you were always trying to solve for x. a+b=x or y+z=x. or something complicated like that. Yes, I know this is why I write and no longer attempt to understand why English needs to enter the number system. Anyway, my point is you had to find the mystery number to solve the highly complicated math problem. AJ realized she was the mystery number in their web of a highly complicated love problem. She discovered she was the common denominator, so to speak, and decided to remove herself from the equation. Making a choice to find herself, find out who she was, and her happiness once again before she was stuck in the middle of the Gilmore's unrequited love lives. What makes this story so engaging is that you learn that neither Evan nor Kyle were aware of what they were doing to her, silently killing her own happiness, while at the same time also killing their own. It isn't until AJ severs her relationship with Evan that she is able to break free and try to rebuild her broken heart. Reflection and time are a beautiful and horrible gift all wrapped into one package. GAH!! The Theory of Unrequited ends on a major cliffhanger. Be prepared for a wonderful story that will take you on an emotional journey, but again I say, GAH!! Len Webster does an amazing job of weaving the storyline to suck you in and make this a one sit read. The next book cannot be published soon enough. Suffering unrequited love is hard enough, waiting to find out what happens to Evan and AJ's unrequited triangle is going to be absolute misery.
By listening to her head, she not only broke her own heart, but ruined an always constant friendship. Sometimes the most difficult choice can be the most enlightening in the end. Evan and AJ have mastered the equation of friendship, but what happens when love walks in? Len Webster has crafted a masterful tale of friendship, betrayal and love. Filled with youthful angst, adult themed drama and the hope of a chance to set things right. The ending is only the beginning.