Love and Other Theories

Love and Other Theories If You Want , You Have To Give LessThat S The Secret To Dating In High School By Giving As Little As They Expect To Get In Return, Seventeen Year Old Aubrey Housing And Her Three Best Friends Have Made It To The Second Semester Of Their Senior Year Heartbreak Free And It S All Thanks To A Few Simple Rules Don T Commit, Don T Be Needy, And Don T Give Away Your HeartSo When Smoking Hot Nathan Diggs Transfers To Lincoln High, It Shouldn T Be A Big Deal At Least That S What Aubrey Tells Herself But Nathan S New Boy Charm, His Kindness, And His Disarming Honesty Throw Aubrey Off Her Game And Put Her In Danger Of Breaking The Most Important Rule Of All Don T Fall In Love

Alexis Bass grew up in Washington, went to college in Arizona, and spent her early twenties in Seattle She currently lives in Northern California with Dylan McKay, her gorgeous and rambunctious golden retriever She loves good fashion and good TV as much as a good book, and is a huge advocate of the three C s coffee, chocolate, and cheese LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES is her first novel.

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  • 376 pages
  • Love and Other Theories
  • Alexis Bass
  • English
  • 12 February 2019

10 thoughts on “Love and Other Theories

  1. says:

    Review posted on The Eater of Books blog Love Other Theories by Alexis BassPublisher HarperTeenPublication Date December 30, 2014Rating 1 starSource eARC from EdelweissSummary from Goodreads Love and Other Theories is a fast paced twist on the coming of age novel and the romantic comedy.Aubrey and her best friends made a pact to play by the guys rules when it comes to dating They re hoping the rules will keep them from experiencing high school heartbreak they don t realize that these rules could just as easily keep them from opening their hearts and minds And when new boy Nathan Diggs moves to town, Aubrey starts to think that some rules are meant to be broken.With equal parts bite and romance, topped off with an irresistibly engaging voice, Alexis Bass s debut novel is one you won t want to miss What I Liked No Absolutely nothing shudders What I Did Not Like There could be spoilers in this review There might not be I just know that this book pissed me off, so I might say too much specifically You are warned Here we go.I really tried with this book I wanted to DNF at so many points, but I did indeed finish the book But I struggled so much I struggle with many contemporary novels, but I wanted to give this one a shot I participated in the cover reveal for the book, so I was open to reading this contemporary novel than other winter contemporary novels Gosh, I kind of regret that logic Aubrey and her friends are like the Plastics in Mean Girls Literally, they are worst, horrible girls I have ever met They ostracized one of their friends years ago because a boy liked THAT friend, and not Shelby, who liked that boy Seriously What is that And it gets worse The girls have theories, rules that govern how they act around boys and what they do, and basically, how to have fun and not get serious with boys Enter new boy Nathan, a perfectly good person, whom Aubrey ruins She ruins him, she turns him into an awful person They start hooking up the first day of meeting each other, and she pushes him, even though he ISN T LIKE THAT I hate Aubrey and her friends so much They are the cruel b es in high school and college that everyone hates, because they re fake and pretty and cruel and have sex hook up with everyone and act like it doesn t matter.Let s be clear about something I m a nineteen year old sopho in college I know allllllll about the hook up culture that dictates the young adult world these days I HATE IT I hate how loose people are with sex and intimacy, and this book completely pissed me off, for that reason.Like, here is something spoiler ahead Nathan and Aubrey have been hooking up for weeks, but then all of a sudden, they have a disconnect, and Nathan and Shelby start hooking up Nathan, who acts like Aubrey hung the moon, and Shelby, Aubrey s best friend WHAT HOW WHY Why would either of them do that If either of them had any respect for Aubrey, they wouldn t do that.Not that I feel bad for Aubrey She keeps going back to her ex boyfriend ex f buddy, Trip Chapman It s so pathetic That girl does not have a spine, does not know how to say no.Gosh, the amount of stupid decisions and stupid girls and fakeness and all around stupidity that happened in this book almost blew my mind Are girls in real life this DUMB Do they really throw themselves at any and all of the males like that Again, this reminds me of Mean Girls, except a hundred times cruel, and we re following the perspectives of the Plastics, the girls we hate And we re supposed to root for them Aubrey Shelby the rest of the girls Um, no The only girl I might have sympathized with was Melissa, because she was virtuous and innocent and intelligent, but even her decisions were questionable, towards the end of the book.This book seemed to be one long party Literally that is ALL that Aubrey and her friends do hop from one party to another, every night And of course, Aubrey and Nathan hook up basically every night Look, I m sorry except not , but that is not appealing to me I don t care if normal high schoolers do that when I was in high school just two years ago , that was NOT how I did things Honestly, if Aubrey or Shelby or any of the girls or guys in this book were real, I would hate them so much I hate them in the book, but I would hate them so much in real life And it s really hard to like a book when you straight up ABHOR the characters I would want to punch them all Seriously We would not get along The ending is mildly satisfying I mean, not really, but kind of I still hate everyone But the ending is excellent, because I hate everyone, and in the end, there is no everyone If that makes sense.Also, for the record I have so many problems with the summary Fast paced Yeah right This book went at a turtle s pace you won t want to miss you can miss this one Trust me.Okay, no , I think you all get what I m saying.Would I Recommend It Ha No Don t waste your time, energy, sleep, etc Why in the world did I think that this book would be a good one WHY.Rating 1 star No stars This one gets nothing from me Gosh, what an awful book.

  2. says:

    I so love this quote According to Shelby, the longer you know someone, the time they have to let you down But sometimes, the longer you know someone, the time they have to surprise you.

  3. says:

    Alas, no The romance was plain bad and the MC and her friends were so mean Too much girl on girl hate for me DNF at 40% but I did jump to the last 3 chapters to see how everything ended I was suprised that it ended that way, and I can see why some people said they cried.

  4. says:

    Love and Other Theories was one of my most anticipated YA contemporary reads for December and because of that I feel I need to be completely honest with this review.While I enjoyed this read, it left me feeling sad and a little bit angry Sad for girls who feel they need to play games and have a misconstrued idea about what love means and sad for those boys that give them those ideas and thoughts.To be honest, I am still not exactly sure if I loved Aubrey and her friends but I do know that I loved Nathan and my heart broke for him numerous times throughout the story.I don t think I quite have all my thoughts and feelings together over whether I liked this story or hated it.Like I said earlier, there were parts that made me angry and parts that made me sad and very little left me smiling.The writing was fabulous but the messages weren t always great and the girl s attitude and ideas their theories about dating, boys, and falling in love were worse I wanted to shake some of them and help open their eyes to the boys that weren t worth the time and especially, to the boys that were I didn t like that Brey went along with things that she shouldn t have That she should have followed her heart so many times and didn t and because of it, hurt a lot of others along the way I didn t like that this didn t end on an upbeat and happy note andwell I really don t even now how to express how much it is possible to love a book and hate it at the same time, but there you have it I loved this and I hated it but because of that, I still have no idea how to rate it.How do you rate something that you both loved because of the wonderful writing and because Brey did grow up and she did change, but hated because it was so awful seeing what these girls were doing to themselves and others around them I honestly still don t know but I will say this, the writing was fabulous and the messages while sometimes sad, weren t all bad, they were and are a very realistic part of what it is like growing up, a huge part of how you find out what you want, what you need, in life, so for that this deserves four stars.

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    Source I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read to review basis Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss I m crying, my kindle battery is dead, I ve eaten a whole packet of jaffa cakes, and I m slightly tipsy, and all because of this book I really liked the characters in this book Aubrey was such a normal girl, with the normal sort of feelings that girls have, and Nathan was super sweet How this pair went so wrong I don t know, but it was seriously sad.The storyline in this was pretty gripping, while it was in part about the rules that Aubrey and her friends were supposed to follow, it was also a love story, and Aubrey and Nathan just seemed so right for each other I spent the whole book hoping and praying that love would win through, and that this pair would admit that they were right for one another, but after a while it seemed evident that Aubrey wouldn t be the only one with a broken heart at the end of this story.The romance in this was super sweet while it was happening, and absolutely crushingly heart breaking when it wasn t Every bump in the road that this pair faced I felt so deeply, and I could not put this book down without knowing what would happen You know one of those books where what is happening is so painful that you can t breathe That s how this book made me feel, and I was so, so upset as the storyline developed and things went wrong for Aubrey and Nathan.The ending to this was really sad, and even though Aubrey was looking on the bright side, I just felt so sad I totally felt like I was going through the events in this story with the characters, and I really felt the heartbreak with poor Aubrey I really hate that this is the ending for these two I want Overall heart breaking YA contemporary romance, 8.5 out of 10

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    1 star sigh I knew that I was taking a risk in picking up Love and Other Theories See, it sounded like it could be AWFUL, but it could also be the exact kind of banterfluff I love Because, I mean, what s banterfluffy than a main character who stubbornly refuses to get into a real relationship I mean, sex positivity and independence YES, but then to make it bantery and cute, an amazing guy could come in and convince her to take the plunge and it could be ALL OF THE ADORBS Well It was not It was absolutely not.The thing that immediately got to me in this book is that I freaking hate the characters I mean, I suppose I m meant to because there is a clear and necessary character growth arc But they re awfulllllll The main character, Aubrey, is part of this clique of girls who have decided that relationships are the worst High school boys are unevolved and will just cheat on you and break your heart so don t get into these relationships and just have fun, going around kissing guys when you feel like it and whatever with no defined relationship And that, in theory, is fine The problem is that these girls go around and JUDGE everyone else who DOES choose to be in a committed relationship They literally call those girls unevolved and stupid because they re just going to get their hearts broken, and why don t they learn Fuck you girls Fuck you Choose your lifestyle fine but don t start being massive bitches to everyone who decides to go another way The problem is that they are such a clique they re constantly involved in groupthink Aubrey narrates as, We do this We do that We think this, and that just makes me CRINGE.They are, in fact, bullies They used to be friends with Chiffon, but one of the girls had a crush on some dude for a long time, and he ended up liking Chiffon better Chiffon didn t even freaking DO anything with him, but him asking to hang out with her over the summer was grounds for severing their friendship for always and then going around calling her the worst things, claiming to everyone that she has STDs, pranking her to humiliate her the list goes on I was disgusted The fallout with Chiffon is actually what started their theories about love, to never take it seriously or get emotionally involved To always choose their friends above the guys But the extent to which they take these theories is clearly flawed And I mean, you freaking hypocrites Why didn t the same go for Chiffon She didn t even agree to anything with that guy and you already dumped her and started bullying her I started getting a bit queasy thinking about these theories actually, although yes sex positivity and independence are good things But the way that these girls behave, constantly hooking up with everyone, is also creating an image that guys should just take advantage of that They delude themselves that they don t get hurt because they aren t emotionally involved, but they so obviously are The prime example there is Aubrey and Nathan Nathan comes to town as the golden boy and they re instantly smitten with each other They hook up, but after a while Nathan gets disillusioned that Aubrey won t commit to him, and though he was clearly in love with her, view spoiler he has sex with her best friend hide spoiler

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    P.S Apologize for the allovertheplace review It s hard getting my thought together I m going to be 100% honest I wasn t expecting to love this one It sounded a bit corny with the theory of Don t Fall in Love The characters, even from the synopsis, struck me as the kinds of characters who grow from being bitches to being human, and I m not always a fan of those stories And Love and Other Theories honestly wasn t my favorite at first but oh man It was amazing and stunning and gorgeous and so much complex than I could even imagine.I started out as not a huge fan The main character and all her friends were undoubtedly bitchy and stand offish and cruel I wasn t in love with the way time passed in the story and how we were left hanging so much at the end of the chapter The romance with Nathan seemed a bit rushed and then I read and I realized how complex each of Aubrey s friends were They were cruel and they were terrible and their skepticism of love was crushing, but so were they They were so complex under their layers of fun and drinking and passing guys around and it was just heartbreaking Bass s writing ended up being utterly unique in the way it was written and I just fell in love with that And Nathan Nathan broke my heart times than I could count.I, honestly, didn t even notice when I started to love this book It was such a small thing I was close to DNFing it, then realized that it d become decent so I might as well continue reading And then I read and I read and I fell in utter love The romance in this is slow building and heart racing We know they fall in love and from what it looks like, it s almost instant the fact that he s so different But there s so much than that and you can practically feel Nathan and Aubrey s emotions leaping off the page into you You feel a swell of adoration, then a sudden burst of despair, and everything all over again View Spoiler Aubrey Aubrey was such a fantastic voice throughout the story We see her breaking down to Nathan We see her starting to love him and break away from her theories We see Nathan coming out of his shell They break each others hearts and fix them all over again and honestly, I can t say than that because everything that happens are just so intertwined with each other it s hard not to spoil anything But there were so many moments where I swear my heart stopped and moments where I screamed into my pillow in frustration and there were definitely moments where tears managed to leak out of my eyes The story inside is so much I don t want to say darker than I expected, but it was different from what I expected It was compelling and gorgeous and it s so hard not to just sing praises for this book because of how much I absolutely adored it It s not a book with happy endings, but it s not a book about tragedies and disasters it s just about loving and loves and the things that hurt us and the things that help.Love and Other Theories is a romance and it isn t It s a book about falling in and out of love once, twice, maybe even three times It s about rebounds and second chances and maybe even third chances First loves, last loves, new chances, and old mistakes behind the pretense of what seems like maybe a light hearted read, there s a simply mind blowingly, breathtakingly, utterly stunning novel that broke my heart over and over One of my absolute favorites of the year I don t think this review can even express how much I adored this book and how many emotions these complicated characters handed over to me.

  8. says:

    I m not really sure how I feel about this one I think I will have to let it sink it for a bit before I can decide whether its a really good book or a really bad one that has good moments.

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    Nose Graze Book reviews blogging tipsI m not a party girl, I don t drink, and I love relationships even in high school Going into Love and Other Theories I knew it was going to be anti relationship, and I was okay with that I was mostly interested in Aubrey s transformation and finally falling in love But what I didn t expect was anti relationship attitude COMBINED with practically every other thing I hate in high school partying, drinking, backstabbing, lying And, I didn t expect that all of this would still be there at 42%.I m just going to throw these quotes out there go give you a sense of the book s vibe and the characters attitudes If you want , you have to give less.The Girlfriend Stigma TGS a scientific term describing the disgrace girls face from guys when the girls appear to want to hold the title of girlfriend TGS There isn t anything pathetic.Say girlfriend and boys say good bye We re doing what people do when they re bored on Saturday nights We re wandering the mall drinking cherry Slurpees mixed with vodka and waiting for something to miraculously entertain us.I finally stopped reading because I was sick of the parties and the drinking I was sick of Aubrey I was sick of how she never explicitly told Nathan she was anti relationship She kind of led him on and I REALLY don t like that If a guy does that to a girl, he s a scumbag Why is it okay for girls to do it to guys If she s anti relationship fine that s her business But she becomes a bitch if she acts like a girlfriend going on dates, having sex, texting but doesn t come up and say, I m only interested in sex or a short term hang out thing.I hated how Aubrey and her friends had planned escapes from relationships They had a word for it like escape plan or out or fail safe or something else but I forget But the idea was this when they got tired of hanging out with a guy, they had to end it But if the guy was clingy and didn t want to end it, they had to make it end This usually involved staging the girl with another guy while the first guy was watching so he thinks she s cheating and gets his heart broken UGH Not cool, girls.Then, I got sick of Aubrey putting up with Trip, the guy she lost her virginity to several months before Trip asks her to help him study Which translates to Trip is wearing a sly smile He s waiting for it to hit me that he graduated high school not because he finished his homework and studied hard, but because he got girls to do his homework and study for him By study, of course, I mean provide him with the answers.So Trip asks Audrey to help him study, she thinks the above paragraph, then agrees to help him I don t care if she s actually going to try to make him study for not The guy is a right dick face Screw him Let him fail out of college He might actually deserve it At this point I stopped reading I had to deal with all this drama and I was sick of it Yes, Nathan was cute and sweet But Audrey and Nathan hadn t had a single REAL conversation yet, even at 42% Nathan may have thought they did, but at least Audrey s side wasn t exactly real I felt like she was two facing him the whole time I could sort of see the transformation happening because she acted like she wanted to be in a relationship with Nathan, but I was sick of waiting for her to act on it.

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    I received a free copy from the publishers via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.First Impressions I can t say, at all, that I m a fan of Love and Other Theories I disliked a lot of the characters and disagreed a lot with their malicious actions towards other people, particularly Chiffon I can see how other people would really love it, but too much nastiness going on for me Review Aubrey and her three best friends Shelby, Danica and Melissa have all made it to their last year of high school completely heartbreak free It s all thanks to a few rules, the theories, such as don t commit, don t be needy, and don t mention the G word girlfriend, in case you re wondering But when Nathan Diggs, the new kid, falls into Aubreys life, it makes her learn the hard way that the theories are a load of bull I put up with all the bullying and generally shaming other girls for not being as evolved as they were for about 30 40%, hoping it would VERY SOON be contributing to some serious character development, but unfortunately, Aubrey and her friends remained AWFUL people till about 70% through Not only did they completely disgrace their previous best friend, Chiffon, for YEARS throwing around rumours of STDs, calling her a slut etc , but they shamed other girls for not being like them Sexual freedom is completely fine by me I think girls should be able to have whatever freedom they wish But what makes Aubrey and Shelby horrible is that they bully and put down other girls for wanting a committed relationship along with sex and for wanting to be girlfriend boyfriend and for not being as sexually active as they were Unless of course they were in their friend group in which was PERFECTLY OK Eventually they got over their shallowness but it took way to long for it to have any sort of impact on me Also, in a complete turn of events I ended up really liking Trent the jock who was a bit of a player over Nathan Diggs, the sweet and unassuming guy Overall, I can totally see how others would absolutely adore this, but the characters arrogant and patronising attitude really brought it down for me.

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