Book Review: Love and Other Unknown Variables by Shannon Lee Alexander

I absolutely love "Love and Other Unknown Variables" by Shannon Lee Alexander. This story had me completely hooked right away. This story is about love, friendship, learning, and trying to conquer death. Charlie is doing an experiment in theory. He is trying to figure out how girls and relationships work. Charlie sees this girl in line at Krispy Kreme and her hair is hiding half of a tattoo. It is an infinity sign that says something, so Charlie decides to brush the girl's hair aside to look at it when she whips around to scold him. Little did Charlie know that he would see this girl again. Last thing Charlie expected when he got home was to see the girl with the infinity tattoo in his house. Come to find out this is Becca's (his sister) new friend. Charlie can't seem to get this girl out of his head.

Charlotte only wants to be where she feels at home and the place she feels most at home is Charlie and Becca's house. Who knew that normal Becca would have a math geek of a brother. Charlotte is dying and she doesn't want to be cured, instead she wants to live life to the fullest. Fall in love, hang out with friends, be a normal kid who doesn't have a normal life. Charlotte doesn't want to be pitied. She just wants to be loved and show love to those that she cares about.This story is all about love and friendship. Charlie falls in love with Charlotte but when he finds out that he is dying, he doesn't know what to do. He can't save her but he doesn't want to lose her either.

I have to say that I fell in love with this story. I was hooked from the very beginning. I thought the chapter set ups were unique and fun. The background of the pages look like graph paper which was a lot of fun. The characters were amazing. I felt like I got to know all of the characters. They were portrayed really well in my opinion. Charlotte and Charlie were amazing characters. The reader really gets to feel the depth of their souls and feelings. Charlie is this nerd that goes to a specialized math school and he thinks he knows everything but Charlotte has a few lessons to teach him. Charlotte has cancer and she just wants to live life to the fullest. Charlie is able to help her with this.

I think this story is a must read. It will very much take you on an emotional roller coaster ride. These teens have to grow up, the things the world throws at you, you don't always have a choice. The world has a cruel way of making kids grown up faster than they should and this is a prime example of that. "Love and Other Unknown Variables" is a fantastic story that everyone should give a chance and try to read. Be prepared...you may cry.

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