1 crush on your best friend +
1 gorgeous, scheming new girl +
1 Mathletics competition =
1 big mess
Ashley Price doesn’t have much in life after being bullied so hard she had to leave her old school to live with her aunt and uncle in Pittsburgh. But the camera she borrowed from her best friend and secret crush Brendan, and her off the charts math abilities, make things a lot more bearable. Plus, since Brendan is the captain, making the school Mathletes team should be easy.
But when gorgeous new girl Sofia rolls in and steals Brendan, Ashley’s place on the team, and her fragile foothold on the Mansfield Park Prep social totem pole, it’s on. Sofia is everything Ashley left her old school to escape. The only thing Ashley didn’t count on is Sofia’s sexy twin brother Vincent.
Vincent is not only the hottest boy in school, he’s charming, sweet, and he’s got his eye on Ashley. He’s also not taking no for an answer. There’s no real reason Ashley shouldn’t like Vincent, but with the
battle lines being drawn between her and Sofia, Ashley’s not sure which side he’s on. Or which side she wants him to be on.
She does know Sofia is trouble with a capital T, and she’s determined to make Brendan see it.
So, they say Solving for Ex is a YA contemporary romance that remixes Mansfield Park as Clueless meets Mean Girls in a crazy mix of high school society, mathletic competition, and teenage romance. Okay, so I had to review Mansfield Park before reading this book but otherwise I do have to agree with that assessment. Despite knowing the result of the romance (per Mansfield Park), the book is still a fun, pretty hilarious, and at times frustrating, adventure to the end.
Ashley has been in love with Brendan since the day they meet and he told her a punny joke (be honest, who wouldn’t fall for that though) and they’ve been best friends ever since. Things are looking up for Ashley, she’s going to make the senior Mathletic team with Brendan and maybe finally work up the courage to tell him how she feels. But than the twins, Sofia and Vincent, had to come along and ruin everything.
It definitely has that Mean Girls-highschool feel. There’s scheming and backstabbing. Liars, cheaters and buliies. And yes, some crazy parties and teenage angst, too. There’s also the awesome Matheletes and all those wonderfully corny math pick-up lines (yes, I am a sucker for geeky math and science pick-up lines). I think I mentioned frustration. It wasn’t terrible frustration, just that teen angst-y frustration in which at one point or another I wanted to yell all the characters to get it together. I mean I totally understand Ashley’s fear of losing her best friend, but when another comes swooping in trying to steal him, it’s time to tell him. And Brendan! Seriously, could you not figure out that Ashley liked you!?!? And twins! Stop being such terrible people! And yet, despite the frustration, I still really enjoyed the book. It was a fun and easy read, with definitely a cute and sweet moments. It takes a bit, but Ashley gets her backbone. By than,, it lends the desire of seeing the good guys triumph of the bad guy, and I wanted Ashley to “win”.
Overall, it’s a nice modern YA adaption of Mansfield Park and is pretty cute and fluffy read. The ending was happy, though a bit in the field of new adult (rather than YA) that seems unnecessary, but not a big deal.
“And then, still looking out across the street, he said, “Why did the cookie cry?”
“Why did the cookie cry?”
“Because his best friend was away for so long.” His snorted.
“I’m sorry. I don’t…”
“Get it? A wafer so long?” (%2 e-ARC; Kindle)
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About Leigh Ann Kopans:
Raised on comic books and classic novels, Leigh Ann developed an early love of science fiction and literature. As an adult, she rediscovered her love for not only reading, but also writing the types of fiction that enchanted her as a teen. Solving for Ex was born of her love for Jane Austen’s classics, and how they taught her that love stories could be funny and wickedly smart. Leigh Ann, her husband, and four children live in Columbus, Ohio. When she’s not immersed in the world of fiction, you can find her obsessing over the latest superhero movie or using her kids as an excuse to go out for ice cream (again.)
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