The Calculus of Change
Aden isn't looking for love in her senior year. She's much more focused on things like getting a solo gig at Ike's and keeping her brother from illegal herbal recreation. But when Tate walks into Calculus class wearing a yarmulke and a grin, Aden's heart is gone in an ins ...more
Aden is left with a choice, and Tate with the consequences.
When Aden meets Tate, something catches her eye and something irrevocably shifts within her.
Immediately I want him. Not because he has pierced ears. Not because he has unruly brown hair and gray-blue eyes. I want Tate Newman because he is wearing a two-toned blue handwoven yarmulke atop his head.Tate is unlike any other boy she's seen. He spent the summer in Israel with a group of Jewish teens on a pilgrimage and
i'm at a loss.
here is a phenomenon that i hate:
when a book is really popular, and you hate it, and then other books start copying that book and you hate the books that copy it because ...more
I expected Calculus of Change to be light-hearted contemporary, where math meets romance and trivial high school problems create light drama and much fun. Instead, Calculus of Change is a deep novel and touches on numerous heavy issues, from sexual assault to body image, relationship problems and self perception. It is thought provoking and written in an original style.
When Aden falls she falls. Head over heels, totally discombobulated falls in love. That's what happened when Tate wa ...more
I was expecting this to be a cosy romance full of clichés about the nerdy high school girl falling in love with the popular guy. But God was I wrong. It’s touching much more than that, and is deep on so many levels. It goes from body shaming, drug abuse, sexually assault and dealing with the loss of someone you love. This book is all about opening up about your feelings instead of hiding them inside and be happy with who you are as a person. Everyone is beautiful in their own way. Al ...more
- coming to terms with grief - Aden is attracted to Tate partly b/c of his spirituality which makes her feel connected to her Jewish mother who passed away)
- family - Aden, her brother Jon and their father have a somewhat loving but strained relationship, partly because they haven't come to terms with her mom's death, and her father in particular has a hair-trigger temper that neve ...more
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There you go. If you’ve read the blurb, you’ll know the reason why I love it. Unrequited!!! The title can be quite misleading though. I was actually scared to start reading this (hence, the expired ebook) because of the word Calculus. It sounds too difficult and I sound too dumb. I’M TELLING YOU It is not all math-y! It’s not even math-y! I promise, the math will be buried after a few chapters and wi ...more
Wow. This book. It was way more than I expected. I was thinking this would be just a cute contemporary. But it is so much more than that. It is about loving yourself. Knowing your worth. Things will be okay no matter the mistakes you make. If someone doesn’t love you the way you deserve then you don’t need them. Everyone is beautiful in their own way. Once you learn to love yourself then I think you will realize you’re worth so much more tha ...more
I loved the short chapters. It took me a little while to get used to the writing style (e.g. a prepositional phrase is often used to represent an entire sentence). However, once I let the story fully captivate me, the music and the math elements of the story melded togeth ...more
Overall, this was a strong read for me that brought both smiles and saddened too. Yes, it was filled with characters making bad choices but everyone makes bad choices, small or big and they all have an effect. The title of this book could be any better.
Full review, with spoilers, will be live on my blog Feb 4st.
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I was really excited for this book, because even though I'm not really that great at calculus, I still like the idea of it, and I was hoping I'd be able to really relate to the main character, Aden, through her love of calculus. I imagined myself reading about how Aden was working on differentiation by substitution, or the mean value theorem for integrals, and thinking "Ooooh, I know that!" I realize that probably sounds really nerdy but oh, well. The sad part is, though, that for a book with an...more
The Calculus of Change deals with a lot of real life, heavy issues. From drug abuse and sexual assault to teenage pregnancy and self-image, this book is thought-provoking with its raw honesty.
Aden was an interesting character. I admit I didn't get her at first and found her quite annoying but throughout the book as I got to know her and unde ...more
I’m not really sure how I feel about this book to be honest. One part of me likes it, another part of me doesn’t. And my feelings have been going on like this for over a week now. I guess I was expecting much more than I received. I expected a cutesy contemporary with boy meets girl, unrequited love, plus a mix of cheesy interactions between friends and family and the end. But when I first started reading this, I was ...more
I did not, could not, and would not ever finish The Calculus of Change.
I gave up on this book extremely early (48 pages in, for the sake of specificity). That's really not enough material for me to say much about this book or to gauge whether its content is as problematic as a few reviews from other readers have pointed out. But it is enough for me to confidently say that the writing style really did not work for me. At all. Reading those 48 pages felt like a self-inflicted ...more
It's an easy read that moves along quickly, but I think think the blurb on the back makes it seem much lighter than it's really going to be. There's much more focus on the protagonist's grief over the loss of a family member than there is on, say, her love of mat ...more
The writing was only fine, but the characters were not fine. All the characters start out really likable, then the author just makes them all have a crap ton of unnecessary and frankly underdeveloped issues. And I understand having self esteem issue and not loving your body bUT ALL THE NARRATOR DOES IS TALK ABOUT HOW SHE IS “too fat” AND HOW “every girl is drop dead gorgeous because they’re skinny and she’s not skinny so how can she be beautiful”. Also, I didn’t process it until page 271-27 ...more
Jessie’s debut novel, THE CALCULUS OF CHANGE releases Feb. 27, 2018 with HMH, Clarion Books.