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1 crush on your best friend +
1 gorgeous, scheming new girl +
1 Mathletics competition =
1 big mess


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, mak
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Published February 11th 2014 (first published October 2nd 2013)
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This was a YA contemporary romance story involving mathletes.

Brendan and Ashley were both pretty clueless in this book, with neither recognising that the other one liked them as more than a friend.

The storyline in this was pretty predictable really, Brendan and Ashley secretly liked each other, and then Brendan started dating a new girl, and Ashley got sucked in to dating the new girl’s twin brother because she was jealous of Brendon. The story was enjoyable
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was ok

This book has a case of "cute concept, bad execution". It sounded adorable, but so many things went wrong for me.

Firstly, this ENTIRE BOOK and all the ensuing drama could have been avoided if the characters had just opened their damn mouths and told the truth about their feelings for each other in the beginning. I get it, rejection is scary, really, I do. I've even been there. But seriously...

Secondly, it was totally predictable. You can see the antagonists and their problems coming from a
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Amber by: Maida
I don't think words can properly express what this book did to me emotionally. And I will say, not in the good emotional way where when you finish the book you feel happy and emotionally filled to the brim. Nope. Emotional like I wanted to throw my tablet through the window most of the time I was reading this, this is ripping my heart to shreds, why is this happening, and what is up with the creepy twins type of way. Not good. I feel like the only way I can properly express the emotion I felt th ...more
Brooke ♥booklife4life♥
Oct 16, 2016 rated it did not like it

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Basic Info

Pages/Length: n/a
Genre: Young Adult; Contemporary; Romance
Reason For Reading: Challenge

At A Glance

Love Triangle/Insta Love/Obsession?:
Triangle, obsession
Cliff Hanger: No
Triggers: n/a
Rating: 1 star

Score Sheet
All out of ten

Cover: 8
Plot: 2
Characters: 2
World Building: 4
Flow: 4
Series Congruity: n/a
Writing: 5
Ending: 1

Total: 3

In Depth

Best Part:
It ended.
Worst Part: Boring!
Thoughts Had: OMG, please stab me.

Muse-ic ♬
I've read most of this book many times before. But for some reason, I can never get my fill. Yes I often get annoyed by the clichés and the stereotypes, but I continue reading these books anyways. Because I am a complete 100% unashamed sucker,

Meet Ashley. Her best friend is Brendan. He's smart and handsome. He has blue eyes. She's in love with him, but he doesn't know it because he's an idiot. Suddenly, two gorgeous wins Vincent and Sofia move to their school. Brendan has the hots for Sofia.
Bookaholic (reads every mortal thing)

This was so cute. And a bit unexpected.

I spent more than half of the book disliking Brenden. Let him be Ashley's best friend. Let him be the awesome captain of the super cool Mathletes. Let him be the freaking King of England. I still didn't like him.

Instead, I found myself liking the guy who actually paid attention to Ashley. And who can blame me? He's sweet, funny and hot. Wrong. Turns out, everyone is not who they seem and halfway through the book, I started getting creepy vibes from Mr
Rating: 1/5
***Minor spoilers***

Ashley Price hasn't had the best time in high school. After a horrific rumour about her that stemmed from her refusing to help the cheer squad captain cheat in math, she had to move in with her aunt and uncle since small towns remember everything. There, she met Brendan, who helped pull her from her pit of despair at having lost everything. The new school year is starting, and Ashley is excited. She gets to join Mathletes so she can practice her passion while getti
Paulina (The Little Book Pixie)
Feb 05, 2014 rated it did not like it
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I began to read this book fully knowing it was a retelling of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park so I knew there was going to be a shy demure girl that fell in love with her best friend but the best friend is attracted to the new girl therefore I knew there was going to be angst and pinning for the guy but this book took it to another level. I don’t think there was a single page in the book that didn’t have Ashley thinking how great life w
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Jul 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Leigh Ann Kopans' debut science-fiction/fantasy series One and Two. I love her writing style, as well as her characterization. So when I saw she had written a contemporary, I knew I had to read it! I am so thankful she sent me a copy to read and review, as I absolutely adored this book. Being a high school teacher, I can honestly say I feel Kopans captured teen voice perfectly. I really enjoyed her characters in this novel- they weren't perfect by any means and they made mist ...more
♥ Sarah
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
The description made this book sound way better than it was.


I liked that math was “cool” at Mansfield High, but that was about it. Ashley was a total brainiac who suffered from depression because she was bullied at her school. She was bullied because she didn’t let the popular girls cheat off her in math class. So they spread nasty rumors about her sleeping around with boys and then everything went to hell. This was explained in one or two sentences like it was nothing. *frown*

Then of course, a
enqi ☁️✨
Solving for Ex was such a fun and cute contemporary read! It’s an addictive mixture of Mansfield Park meets Clueless meets Mean Girls with a dash of humorous high school drama and romance. I enjoyed every page of it and finished it in just two sittings. It's not the most amazing contemporary high school romance ever, but is guaranteed to hook you and hold your attention for a large part of the story.

The book follows a girl named Ashley Price who is insanely good in math. Having been bullied so
Jun 25, 2014 rated it it was ok
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Solving for Ex by Leigh Ann Kopans
Publication Date: February 11, 2014
Rating: 2 stars
Source: Bought from Amazon

Summary (from Goodreads):

1 crush on your best friend +
1 gorgeous, scheming new girl +
1 Mathletics competition =
1 big mess


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 B
Not for me. Made it 20% in and then skimmed a few chapters.

Content: Lots of language including multiple uses of the F word, teenage sex
A.J. Pine
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Author provided an arc for an honest review.

While Solving for Ex is a modern-day Mansfield Park, that is one of Austen's novels I haven't read (for shame...I know), which I actually liked because I didn't know how this book was going to turn out.

From page one we know that Ashley has a crush on Brendan, her best friend, but we watch in agony as he a)doesn't notice her the way he should and b)starts spending time with new girl (and total mean girl) Sofia. Enter Sofia's brother, Vincent, who is GOR
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Cute. Annoying at times but still cute. Maybe 3.5 stars?

**mini review**

I love best friends romances. But for a long time, I wasn't sure that's where this story was headed. And that was okay. Until it wasn't. I'm being intentionally vague, but there's just so much miscommunication and avoidance and underhandedness among the characters in this story that I just couldn't appreciate it for the cute little romance it endeavored to be.

Solving for Ex has its moments. Those nerdy math jokes were really
I know that the novel— Solving for Ex— is supposed to be a modern-day retelling of Jane Austen's classic— Masnfield Park. Well, I read Mansfield Park, and I don't ever recall wanting to kill any of that novel's characters the way that I wanted to injure & maim Brendan (the "hero" in Solving for Ex). His actions towards Ashley— the novel's heroine & Brendan's "best friend"— were just too hurtful. In fact, 90% of the novel is one long stream of never-ending pain for & betrayal of our beloved heroi ...more
So, this sounded cute and while Mansfield Park is not a favorite of mine, I do enjoy modern retellings of it. I particularly liked that in this version they were next door neighbors and best friends! I actually thought it was pretty good, except for the content. I ended up reading the first eight chapters and out of curiosity skipped to the last chapter, where things really went downhill for me.

Not one I'd recommend to those whole like clean reads or for teens.

Content: lots of language (A, D,
Karen Barber
Oct 19, 2016 rated it liked it
Described as a curious mix of Mean Girls and Clueless with a focus on maths, I wasn't sure if I'd get into this. It is those things, but it's also a quite charming love story that entertained me throughout.
Ashley has, due to some pretty serious bullying, moved schools. She's desperately in love with her best friend, but too scared to say anything. Content to hang around the sidelines, spending time with Brendan doing nerdy maths problems, Ashley imagines that's how her year will go.
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Dec 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Solving for Ex was definitely a quick read. This sweet, romantic and lovable Aussie story, won my heart the very first time I read about the Mathletes and couldn't stop reading it until I knew
Erin Arkin
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 M
Emily Anne
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Solving Ex was such a fun, cute read! I read this delightful contemporary at just the right time, when I needed something addicting and adorable! All you have to do is look at the cover and you will start to see how fun this book was.

I loved how Solving for Ex incorporated awesome math into so many pages! While I hate math homework, I am a fan of math itself and it was so refreshing to read about the Ashley’s Mathletes team.

Also, this book managed to surprise me. Perhaps I am just not a good g
Christine Alibutud
Feb 26, 2014 rated it liked it
I am kind of bummed to only give three stars to this because I have been waiting for this maybe for a month but.... the story sadly did not reach my expectations (Remind me not to expect big....again). But you know it still got three stars from me, so...

After reading the blurb, it piqued my interest and I thought I was going to enjoy it. But then.... I don't know... I guess it wasn't just for me. I mean, I kind of just finished it just for the sake of finishing it. It wasn't bad or anything, I j
I gave this book 2.5 stars.

I wish the love square in this book hadn't involved so much back and forth. The main character didn't seem to know what she wanted and suffered from a case of "hero syndrome" where she falls for her best friend just because he helped her through a tough time in her life. What really saved this book for me was the fact that it took place in Pittsburgh and mentioned my alma mater, Carnegie Mellon, in passing (petty I know). Other than that, you're better off reading anot
The story started out interesting and stayed that way for a chapter or two, then it slowly became silly. Ashley and Brendan were okay characters, but they weren't all that likable and a story like this has to have the main characters be likable. The ending was just predictable and really boring. All in all, not a book I'd recommend.

2.5 stars
Oct 15, 2016 rated it liked it
Not one I loved, but it wasn't a bad read overall.
This is a YA loose retelling of Mansfield Park that I picked up free on Amazon.

I have, uh, complicated feelings about the original source material (probably my least favorite of Austen's full-length novels and one that I haven't reread in a long time), so maybe no surprise that I felt similarly about this one. I don't always mind love triangles in books, so that bothered me less than it might have some other readers. Also, I'm not putting a spoiler tag on this because none of it was a surprise t
Sep 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I had mixed feelings about this book. There is so much I enjoyed - like the characters, I liked them a lot. But some of the running storylines of the book didn’t feel like they really completed ever.

For example, Brendan’s home life seemed like it was going to play a much larger role, but just kind of had a meh kind of existence. Same with Ashley’s Family. As a mother I just...don’t understand her relationship with her mother at all.

Vincent and Sofia, I feel like the intentions behind their beh
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Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
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Solving for Ex and I started off on a really nice note. I enjoyed that it stuck true to its maths theme throughout the whole story. I enjoyed that Ashley wasn’t just implied smart, but that we could actually see her being smart in math (the opposite of me, actually).

I liked that there were math jokes thrown in here and there. And despite everything, the romance between Vincent and Ashley was cute (until it wasn’t anymore, but more on that later).

Ashley’s char
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