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The Code for Love and Heartbreak

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  977 ratings  ·  346 reviews
A new take on Jane Austen's classic Emma.

Emma Woodhouse is a genius at math, but clueless about people. After all, people are unreliable. They let you down—just like Emma's sister, Izzy, did this year, when she moved to California for college. But numbers...those you can count on. (No pun intended.)

Emma's senior year is going to be all about numbers, and seeing how far the
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Inkyard Press
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Melanie (mells_view)
Apr 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
”Everything can’t be solved with an equation, Em. If you feel something…just let yourself feel it, okay?”

The Code for Love and Heartbreak was so stinking cute. It takes a bit to really find its pace, but once you really dive in with Emma, her family, and her friends, you will not want to stop reading. This is described as a retelling of the classic, Emma, but I’ve never read that, so I’m going to say for myself and others who also haven’t read it, that TCFLAH is like the socially awkward and bra
Oct 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Coding + Romance = A cute story. Emma doesn’t know anything about love, but she does know all about numbers. When her older sister Izzy goes off to college she makes an offhand comment telling Emma to “code herself a boyfriend”. Emma decides to take her sister‘s advice literally deciding to create a dating app for the coding club competition. Things start out with a bang there’s lots of interest and people finally know who Emma is. Even better these couples seem to be working out. But as time go ...more
Larry H
Oct 26, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

In Jillian Cantor's new YA novel, The Code for Love and Heartbreak , math is one thing. Love is another.

It’s senior year of high school for overachiever Emma Woodhouse. She’s at the top of her class, she’s co-president of the Coding Club, and with her perfect SATs, she hopes to go to Stanford next year.

But while she has the academics down pat, she’s not particularly social. She doesn’t really have many (or any) friends save George, her co-president, and she has no desire to find a b
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This is sweet, smart and creative new look of Jane Austen’s Beloved classic. I enjoyed the premise and quirky, socially awkward characterization but some elements of the story, approach to the abuse and bullying between young adults and negative effects of cyber dating weren’t reflected powerfully. I respected to the effort and visionary mind behind story-progression and but conclusion is predictable and flat. So here comes another 3 starred –let’s meet in the middle and stay in Switzerland kind ...more
Claude's Bookzone
CW: Mother died when Emma was young, (view spoiler)

Well, I love Jane Austen and I love reimaginings so I had high hopes.

Sadly this didn't quite deliver for me. I think the story itself was somewhat engaging and I didn't hate the characters themselves. Unfortunately, I thought that the writing was verging on middle school reader level and was overly explainy. The dialogue felt very unnatural for teenagers too. It is a very wholesome romance so
Lia Carstairs
Jul 22, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: contemporary
As a lover of both math and coding I'm super curious about this book.🤓😁
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
ARC received from -Inkyard Press- in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

“I’m just trying to figure out what’s the most important thing to make you fall in love.”

— overall thoughts: 3.5 —

this was literally so sweet and overall a wholesome read. there was more that i wished could have happened plot wise but it was nice being in the company of characters in the story even though i had a hard time connecting with them on an emotional level.

the app that they produ
Nov 20, 2020 marked it as dnf
Shelves: 2020, ya, romancelandia
You'll be better off watching Clueless. ...more
Lisa (A Life Bound By Books)
Not sure if it’s a 2.5 or a 3 star read for me.

Was cute. Was okay. I enjoyed parts and others were eh.

Nothing too exciting. Nothing blah either. Was just ok.

Might write some more about it at another time. Just didn’t “wow”, ya know what I mean? Sometimes that happens.

Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy of this title to review.
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
This book was so cute and light. I actually didnt know who the girl would end up with, which was very refreshing! If you're looking for a light, cute read, this is it!

The one thing that held me back from a full 5 stars is that the main girl was a little cliche. If I described "high school girl who codes," this girl would hit all the pins. That being said, this story was still very fun!!

I received a free ebook from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
Steff Fox
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"You could always code yourself a boyfriend."

I love retellings and in the past I've read a wide variety of them. Usually, when Jane Austen's name comes up, you're looking at a Pride and Prejudice retelling. In the case of Jillian Cantor's The Code for Love and Heartbreak is a modern look at Austen's Emma, the story in which a young matchmaker gets herself in way over her head and proves, in the end, that she really doesn't know all that much about how love works anyway
Yna the Mood Reader
"Everything can’t be solved with an equation, Em. If you feel something…just let yourself feel it, okay?"

📚 Series? No.
📚 Genre? YA Romance.
📚 Read for?
💬 Popsugar Prompt #36. Fewer than 1,000 reviews
💬 Alphabet Soup Letter C
💬 Nerd Daily Prompt #43. A Retelling
📚 Cliffhanger? No.

⚠ Book Tags :  Emma Retelling. Girls Who Code. Miscommunication problems. *Clueless* MC (pun intended)
⚠ This Book In Emojis: 👩🏽‍💻👫🏻🤔

The Code for Love and Heartbreak is an Emma retelling. But for som
Cyndi Becker
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I believe that every reader of romance has a favorite Jane Austen Jane Austen read, and mine has long been Emma Emma. I've also read many renditions of the story and The Code for Love and Heartbreak is one of the most unique and endearing. Jillian Cantor keeps it real, using the very names that the reader would be familiar with. But she modernizes the tale by setting it in high school science team with our heroine, Emma Woodhouse, co-leading a coding team with presumptive hero George Knightley. ...more
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-arcs
2.5 stars

When I first saw this cover, I thought this was going to be an office hate-to-love romance but this book is actually a YA contemporary romance happening in high school where the main character, Emma, gets the idea of creating an app with a code to match people up. After her sister left for college, telling her that she should get a boyfriend, Emma figures a way to be more social while still being able to code.

I have to say the main romance with her friend George (who was matched to som
Jenna | JennaStopReading
Thank you to Netgalley for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book kept me engaged most of the way through and was a cute YA romance story. However, there were some flaws with it that ultimately made me have to give it a lower rating than I expected. As I read it, I felt like the author had no idea where she was going with it when she wrote it. While it was clear that this was going to be a romance, the main character seemed to bounce around from person to person through
i went into this book thinking it was a YA romance but it turned out to be more of a YA contemporary with a dash of romance. the audiobook narration was pretty good and kept me hooked to the book. this was a retelling of Emma by Jane Austen but having not read that book I can't judge how much these two are similar. i enjoyed the book, however, I wish we saw more character development in Emma. ...more
M.  [storme reads a lot]
I am not a Jane Austen fan, and i have never read Emma. I am sure this book is a close retelling, but I cannot give an accurate comparison. I have not enjoyed any Austen I have read, and I do not plan to force myself just because I read a similar book.

This is probably the third or fourth book I have read in the past four years about an app for dating in high school. This time it was a little different though since it was all about the coding and the background, which was a cool new look. I do n
Elyse (ElyseReadsandSpeaks)
Oct 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was so cute!! I'm a sucker for a Jane Austen retelling (especially it's Pride & Prejudice or Emma) so I knew I had to try this one. An Emma retelling featuring a group of coding kids in high school? Yes, please!

Some things didn't translate exactly so I liked that the author tweaked it as necessary. For example, we all know the Mrs. Bates scene with Emma's rude comment. I was going to lose my mind if she had Emma be rude to someone whose husband has dementia. I'm glad that scene was adjusted
Tabatha (tab.talks.books)
Oct 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Melt my heart. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Such a cute coming of age/finding love in high school. Emma and George have siblings who date, they are kind of thrown together by default. When their siblings go off to college they are kind of forced to now ride to school together and keep eachother company since both sets of parents are always working. They enter a competition and try and figure out if there is really a code to love.
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this delightful and tech-savvy retelling of Jane Austen’s EMMA, Emma Woodhouse attempts to lead her school’s coding club to victory at the state championship with the matchmaking app she designed. It seems like Emma has discovered the algorithm for true love as her app matches one happy couple after the next. But when a few of those relationships take a turn for the worse, and the app matches Emma’s best friend George Knightley with another girl from coding club, Emma begins to wonder if she’ ...more
Elliot A
Oct 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thank you to the publisher, Inkyard Press, for providing me with an ARC of The Code for Love and Heartbreak in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The Gist

So, I have been staring at the computer screen for a good 20 minutes. I checked my Facebook three times. Trust me, I don’t have enough friends to see new content every time I log in. And I have checked my email so many times, I’m starting to feel really sad and lonely.

Still, I have no clue how to write this review without so
Nov 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley & Inkyard Press for providing me with an e-ARC of The Code for Love and Heartbreak; however, I did my review based on a finished copy of the audiobook!

3.5 Round Up!

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Who loves a good retelling? Me. Who loves a book that centers around technology? Also me.

The Code for Love and Heartbreak is an Emma by Jane Austen retelling; I'm gonna be real with you, I have never read Emma, so I can't necessarily compare the two f
Silvia F.
Oct 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs
3.5***This was a cute teen romance that I read at what felt like lightning speed. Jillian Cantor captures the reader right at the beginning and has an easy to read writing style. The story overall was pretty cute. There were a lot of moments where I wanted to scream "just shut up and kiss already", but there were also some other moments where I was like "holy cow- just stop talking. You're so cynical!!" LOL. Clearly this book left me with mixed emotions. It was an easy read which was a plus but ...more
Joanna Bennett
Feb 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for an earc to review! All opinions are my own.

There was something about the title and premise that drew me in. I mean, who doesn’t love a good love story? I know nothing about Emma which is what this is a retelling of but I was still excited to give this one a try. The thing is, there was just something missing. I did like it for the most part but it just needed more.

Emma has no friends. She would rather deal with numbers than socializing. Although she q
Lindsey Domokur of Crazy Reader Chicks
If there is a Jane Austen modernization, you can bet I will be reading it. I love them. This one was set in high school, so it was a little harder for me to get into, but I still ended up liking it. The names in the book were exactly the same as in Emma and it followed the plot line pretty well, except for a few parts, and those parts bothered me a little bit.
Emma is on a coding team in high school and she comes up with an app that will match you with someone that is compatible with you from th
Sofia S.
Thank you to the publisher and to netgalley for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own!

I will have to admit my first book of 2021 was a disappointment. The Code for Love and Heartbreak is about Emma, a senior in highschool, coding along with the coding club she is co-president of, a dating app for their schools to present at a coding competition.

Now get this: Emma doesn't understand people, she only understands numbers (something repeat
In this modern retelling of Emma, Emma Woodhouse finds juggling senior year, and being co-president of the Coding Club, as well as creating a new dating app, just may be too much for her. Alone at home, with sister Izzy over 2,800 miles away in California, all she can focus on is winning the coding competition, and getting into college herself. When they need to pick a project for the competition, she uses an idea that Izzy floated, of creating a dating app to match students at school, with frie ...more
This was a super cute story, but it wasn’t really anything special. It follows Emma, and the other members of coding club as they strive to come up with a winning project. They finally decide on making an app that matches people based on their mathematical chances of love. Emma’s determination to solve love runs into a few roadblocks along the way, as her feelings refuse to cooperate with the algorithm she developed.

This book is marketed as a retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma, but as I haven’t r
Sep 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
[ I received a digital arc for an honest review]

The Code for Love and Heartbreak
is a new YA contemporary romance and Emma retelling with a friends to lovers trope. I personally have never read Emma before (hides in shame) but I adored this book and devoured it in one sitting. I wonder if I would have loved it even more if I had read the classic it is a retelling of.

"What if there's an algorithm for love and I could figure out a way to write it."

Emma is not good when it comes to boys, feelings
Samantha (WLABB)
Sep 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, contemporary, romance
Emma had always loved numbers more than people, and one big reason was because numbers would never up and leave her on her own the way Izzy, her sister and only friend, had. But, Emma had a plan. She needed to focus - on school, on winning the coding competition, and on getting into Stanford. She believed she could use her penchant for numbers to help her team come in first place this year. How? By developing the code for love. However, Emma soon learned that not everything in life could be quan ...more
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Jillian Cantor has a BA in English from Penn State University and an MFA from the University of Arizona. She is the USA Today and internationally bestselling author of eleven novels for teens and adults, which have been chosen for LibraryReads, Indie Next, Amazon Best of the Month, and have been translated into 13 languages. Jillian’s next historical novel for adults, HALF LIFE, will be out in Mar ...more

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