Love and Other Theories
By: Alexis Bass
Available 31 Dec 2014
If you want more, you have to give less.
That’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 heart.
So 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.
This Blonde’s Review:
Aubrey is not going to repeat the mistakes millions of other high school girls do. They care too much, they want boyfriends, and they expect the boys to stick around. Aubrey and her friends don’t commit and don’t fall for anyone. They play the scene just like the guys do and that’s exactly how they will have the best experience.
Except as we get to know Aubrey we learn that things are really that simple. Despite hooking up with the new guy like it doesn’t matter, she isn’t usually that quick to jump. And she seems more interested in keeping him around and to herself than what their rules would stipulate. As we learn about the other girls in their group and the people around them it also becomes painfully clear that their experience isn’t as pain free as they’d like to pretend it is. They’ve lost friendships over guys, and continue to test and push friendships over them. And sometimes the people who seem the least like they care are really the ones who care the most.
Watching Aubrey go along with what her friends expected, while telling herself it was what she wanted, made me want to shake her. There’s this great guy who cares about her and she’s too scare to grab it. She never even considered any alternatives between being in a serious clingy relationship where they’d get broken or remaining uncommitted. Instead she takes a great guy who wants to be with her and brings him into this life they’ve created and doesn’t expect it to change them.
I was really torn by a lot of what happened in this book. Some things I knew needed to happen, if they didn’t there was no point to writing the book. The changes in Aubrey and the things she learned are what this book was really about, more than the guy. And that’s the best part about this book.
This is really about a girl who is struggling to figure out how to avoid the pain that she’s seen others experience. One who has to learn that sometimes all you do is open yourself up to a different kind of pain. If that sounds interesting to you then you’ll enjoy this one.