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Love and Other Unknown Variables

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Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he’ll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe’s greatest unanswered questions. He’s that smart. But Charlie’s future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl’s neck.

The future has never seemed very
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Entangled: Teen
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Love and Other Unknown Variables or That Feeling When You Laugh and Cry at the Same Time

Every once in a while you find a book that manages to surprise you. Just when you think how you've read every possible plot twist out there, bam! - there goes your heart and soul, whisked away in that latest book you have read and that should have been called The Biggest Emotional Roller Coaster Ever.
Yes, Shannon Lee Alexander, that is the sound of my heart breaking into million pieces. And I blame you
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Stars!!

Charlie attends Brighton School of Math and Science, a school for the nerds and everything in his life had been planned out a long time ago. He will graduate and attend MIT an resolve great questions. While Charlie and the other kids from his school love math and science, this can’t be said about English. The kids of Brighton School are super smart so they always find something to drive all the English teachers crazy. The English teacher this year is Ms. Finch, a young woman who is dete
Aug 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
Love and Other Unknown Variables ended up being a much more emotional read than I expected, and one that has substance and depth. Not the fluffy story I somehow expected after seeing this cover and blurb (which, to be fair, I only skimmed). There were things that were a tad annoying like the prank story arc, but aside from that it was a really good read.

We're treated to a brilliant, literal narrator, Charlie, who, despite his genius level of intelligence, can be very oblivious and awkward especi
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Eeeeeh. I'm honestly feeling disappointed with Love and Other Unknown Variables because more than half the Goodreads reviews have rated this book 5 stars. Sadly, I just don't see the appeal.

The book follows Charlie, a boy who attends Brighton School of Mathematics and Science and has his entire future planned out. He wants to go to MIT and he's crazy good at maths. In fact, everyone in his school is pretty darn good at maths and/or science. They all hate lite
Jaime Arkin
“Please don't confuse love and logic Charlie. They aren't even remotely related. “

I have a crush on Charlie Hanson.

First of all, I loooooove stories written from a male point of view… let me clarify. I love them when they’re done well, and this one…. Well it’s done amazingly well.

Secondly… I have to tell you right up front that this story did not make me cry. If you’re looking through some reviews for this book, you’re definitely going to see a lot of comments about crying, and if you’re a
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)

This book was not at all what I expected. I thought it was going to be this cute, frivolous little love story that would likely warm my heart and leave me with a smile on my face. I couldn't have been more wrong.

This is what some might deem a "cancer book". But I didn't know that going into it. Obviously. I might not have read it had I known, but I would have missed out on such a poignant story and I would have regretted it, like I've been regretting not reading this sooner since I first beg
Aimee ♥ | Aimee, Always

I want infinity, even though I know I can't reach it.

I wasn't sure about what to expect when I went into Love and Other Unknown Variables. I was thinking of a fun, quirky and easy read. In a way, I guess this book did deliver.

Charlie's a huge nerd, and it was easy to find him endearing enough. For crying out loud, he still recites the Periodic Table of Elements while he brushes his teeth--weird, but definitely cute. He also has an ambition and he's passionate about it, which not a lot of mal
Review to come closer to release date. I feel like my heart was just ripped out of my chest, stomped upon, bandaged and re-inflated, and then stuffed back into me with a sweet kiss and a hug of understanding. I'm smiling through my tears. Wonderful story.
Tanja (Tanychy) St. Delphi/James
Review also posted at Ja čitam, a ti?

Warning: I feel like it's my duty to warn you that you'll see this book connected and compared to the other cancer book we all have heard of. While the reasons for that are there and the comparison is justified in my opinion, I also want to say that this is not just another TFIOS wannabe, and it's much much more than that.

Meet Charlie or I would like to call him one of the sweetest and cutest male character I have ever seen. By those adjectives I don't refer
Brooke (The Cover Contessa)
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This was fantastic! Take Stephanie Perkins and mix her with John Green and you get this!
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a review of an ARC provided through Netgalley by Entangled Press in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t even know where to begin with how much I love “Love and Other Unknown Variables.” Love may not be a strong enough word. There are so many things about it that make it a breath of fresh air in the Young Adult genre.

Shannon Lee Alexander’s writing seems effortless and flows in a way that pulls you in quickly and keeps you engaged, making it nearly impossible to put it down. The charact
Mai is a Happy Bibliophile

This is way better than The Fault in Our Stars. And I liked that book. Imagine that.
I love how honest, funny and emotional this book is. I don't like Math but this books made me tolerate Math. You read a cancer book, you think "Oh my God, this is gonna be a sob-fest."
Well, with this book? Not really. You will feel it tug on your heartstrings, you will feel sadness but what's weird is how it can also make you smile at the same time. You'll look like a psycho, trust me. A good kind of psy
Lisa (lifeinlit)
May 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars!

THIS BOOK. Oh my, I don’t even know where to start with this. ALL the feels, people, ALL THE FEELS!!

“Sometimes life is like that, you know. It smacks
us when we’re down. The brave get back up. At least, they do in the

Well, let’s start with this cover. Seriously?! This “totes adorbs”, if there ever was such a saying. ;) At first glance I knew it was a book made just for me. *cheesin’ grin* I fall hard for book covers, especially when they’re as adorable as this one. As most of my
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone


Release date October 7th, 2014

That was a really emotional read for me but it didn't make me cry. If you loved TFIOS then you’ll enjoy this book. Charlotte & Charlie’s story is one that you won’t easily forget. It did make me laugh a little at the beginning. I like how the author mixes the humor in with such a depressing emotional read. I was excited to receive an ARC from NetGalley for this book. The synopsis drew me in and I was hooked. This is in Charlie’s POV, whic
I can't believe that this is Shannon Lee Alexander's debut. All the flails. All the fun. All the feels.

MIT-bound nerd Charlie Hanson's world is completely changed when he notices a girl with a tattoo on her neck in line in front of him. He can't help but to touch her, and their connection is instantaneous. Whirlwind artsy Charlotte, coincidentally also referred to as Charlie, is new in town--her sister just became the English teacher at Charlie's school. Talk about a small world; Charlotte is Ch
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-reads
I am I supposed to form words about my love of Charlie. IDK if they have invented them yet.

I can't say enough about how well done this book is. I have an affinity for male POV, and this is done so well. I fell instantly in love with his thinking and its really a well done "nerd romance".

The cover is fantastic, and the supporting characters make the book feel alive and organic. There is nothing I can say I would change about this book. Grab it, savor it and share it with someone you lo
I received this book from Netgalley/publisher in exchange of an honest review.

I am not one who loves mathematics and I was at first a bit worried about reading this, worried that I might not like it since I have no affinity with maths. Luckily you don't need to love maths to love this book.

Charlie is a wonderful, sweet, but a bit strange of a character. He is awkward (see his notes on girls), but he tries his best. I loved how smart he was and how he tried his best in school. I loved his ideas
Stephanie A.
I did not have a good time reading this book. First, pretentious teens at a STEM-focused high school decide to make their English teacher's life hell, because they're too good for ~unquantifiable nonsense~. Second, the Popular Kid with the power to stop it decides to lead the harassment instead. Why? Because said English teacher's sister, the Girl with the Infinity Tattoo, is tired of people pitying her for having cancer and wants her sister to be too busy dealing with work to spend time focusin ...more
C. Maria
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
“Scientists believe time travel is something like that, in its simplest sense, the leaping across from one part of the circle to another. If it’s true, everything lasts forever.
“Which sucks, because it means I will miss you forever. But it’s cool, too, because it means in my own stupid way, I get to love you forever.”


It was funny and also sad. I loved the characters so much they were smart, talented, real and so funny "eau de rotten piggie" and loved the family dinamic.

Rachel Finney
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this book- I think I would have liked it more if I wasn't subconsciously comparing it to The Fault in Our Stars at times. To be fair, I LOVED the main character Charlie because he was such a sweet, awkward guy who honestly wanted to be the best person he could be. He had such an impressive character growth and development and his relationship with his sister was adorable. Overall, a good solid 4 stars.
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for my honest review**

A very good read. It was emotional, raw, humorous, real, and simply adorable. It was quite a rollercoaster of a story.

I will definitely say that I wasn't moved, I shed no tears, and I didn't really get sad... BUT I really enjoyed reading this story. It was a lot of fun, despite the not-so-happy parts. This story follows Charlie Hanson and his first real experience with infatuation and love. Because he's a Math and Sci
 Lori (Ficwishes)
May 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing

I do not have the words to tell you how amazing this book it. As a matter of fact, I don't think there are enough words in the universe to tell you how much I loved it. If you are a John Green fan (like I am), just take the utter swooniness of Augustus Waters (The Fault in Our Stars) and the obsessive nerdiness of Colin Singleton (An Abundance of Katherines), combine them with the questing loyalty of Quentin Jacobsen (Paper Towns) and you have Charlie Hanson.

Charlie attends a special school for
Sarah Elizabeth
A sympathetic 2.5 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

There wasn’t anything horribly wrong with this book, I just didn’t enjoy it.

The characters in this were alright I suppose, but I just couldn’t warm to them. They irritated me a bit in places, and I just didn’t care what happened to them. I did feel quite sorry for everybody involved when Charlotte’s diagnosis came out, but other than that,
The Book Jar Blog
Apr 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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This is the story of a brilliant, albeit, awkward teen Charlie, and his relationship with Charlotte. Charlotte is a free spirit who lives in the present because of her illness. Charlotte's sister happens to be Charlie's English teacher and in order to distract her sister, Charlie becomes a prankster. With college on the horizon, and Charlotte becoming something more to Charlie, he finds that math isn't the most important thing anymore.
Anna (Unquenchable Reads)
Sep 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tore my heart. Review to come
Sahina Bibi
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
*insert gif of Bradley Cooper chucking the book out the window in The Silver Lining’s Playbook*

If any review, ever starts off with “this fuuuuuuuu book” assume it’s a heartbreaker. An outright, kick you in the crotch, heartbreaker.

I don’t even have words right now, all I’m doing is lying in my bed, rolling from side to side, making dying whale noises and trying not to dribble tears from my eyes.

But coherency is a must as a reviewer so let me just tell you ri
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander
Average Rating on Goodreads: 4.30 of 5 Stars
My Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Pages: 350


Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he’ll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe’s greatest unanswered questions. He’s that smart. But Charlie’s future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl’s neck.

The future has
Charnell (Reviews from a Bookworm)

I'd seen this book on Netgalley, the interesting cover and intriguing summary had me downloading it. I have to admit though, the fact it was another story involving a romance with a girl with an illness did make me think this was going be yet another YA cancer story. Now cancer stories aren't necessarily bad, it's just that they've started to seem a little overused in YA fiction. It's begun to feel like a plot device that's being used for no other reason than to make you cry and to sell book
Maryam Dinzly
Aug 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this ARC on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Okay, summary:
Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he’ll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe’s greatest unanswered questions. He’s that smart. But Charlie’s futur
Elle Christensen
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love this book x 100!
Shannon Lee Alexander has written a true jewel. Charlie will endear himself to you on the first page. Hearing the story from his perspective is so unique. He is incredibly smart and sees the world in numbers and values. He is sweet and innocent and dedicated to his future, but I sensed a longing in him to be a “typical” teenager. He has his life impeccably mapped out. Then one day he meets a beautiful girl who possesses a free spirit. She seems to have just that something
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Shannon Lee Alexander is a wife and mother (of two kids and one yellow terrier named Harriet Potter). She is passionate about coffee, books, and cancer research. Math makes her break out in a sweat. She is the author of Love and Other Unknown Variables and Life after Juliet. She currently lives in Indianapolis with her family.

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