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Title:
Love and other unknown variables
Author:
Alexander, Shannon Lee, author.
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Fort Collins, CO : Entangled Teen, an imprint of Entangled Publishing, LLC 2014.
Physical Description:
329 pages : illustrations 22 cm
Summary:
Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he'll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe's greatest unanswered questions. He's that smart. But Charlie's future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl's neck. The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she's counting on the present. She's not impressed by the strange boy at the donut shop--until she learns he's a student at Brighton where her sister has just taken a job as the English teacher. With her encouragement, Charlie orchestrates the most effective prank campaign in Brighton history. But, in doing so, he puts his own future in jeopardy. By the time he learns she's ill--and that the pranks were a way to distract Ms. Finch from Charlotte's illness--Charlotte' gravitational pull is too great to overcome. Soon he must choose between the familiar formulas he's always relied on or the girl he's falling for (at far more than 32 feet per second squared).
General Note:
"A Heather Howland Collection book"--from inside back cover.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781622664672
Format :
Book

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Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he'll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover solutions to the universe's greatest unanswered questions. He's that smart. But Charlie's future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl's neck.The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she's counting on the present. She's not impressed by the strange boy at the doughnut shop - until she learns he's a student at Brighton where her sister has just taken a job as the English teacher. With her encouragement, Charlie orchestrates the most effective prank campaign in Brighton history. But, in doing so, he puts his own future in jeopardy.By the time he learns she's ill - and that the pranks were a way to distract Ms. Finch from Charlotte's illness - Charlotte's gravitational pull is too great to overcome. Soon he must choose between the familiar formulas he's always relied on or the girl he's falling for (at far more than 32 feet per second squared).


Author Notes

Shannon Alexander was compelled to write Love and Other Unknown Variables after the death of her best friend to ovarian cancer. She is a member of SCBWI and She Writes, and works as a copy editor for Sucker Literary, a showcase for new and undiscovered writers of young adult literature. She recently completed her seventh Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure in Washington D.C., and is an active supporter of cancer research. http://wanderthewords.blogspot.com


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Can hope be infinite? Not according to magnet-school math-whiz Charlie, who takes issue with the idea when he sees it tattooed on Charlotte a mysterious, free-spirited, gorgeous new girl in town. His world is one of logic, in which his greatest success is admission to MIT and greatest triumph is running each year's English teacher out of town screaming. But Charlie yearns to get closer to Charlotte, despite the unknown variables. One is that Charlotte's sister is his dreaded English teacher. Another is that Charlotte has terminal brain cancer. Although much is well trod here the crotchety but wise elder, the punchy best friend and her steadfast boyfriend, the swoony search for love this stands on its own. Notable are Charlie's relationship with his sister, which blossoms and is strengthened as they lose someone they both care about, and smart writing, with clever metaphors and allusions. This debut will find a fast audience with teens looking for charming characters on the brink of discovering themselves.--Booth, Heather Copyright 2015 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 9 Up-Charlie believes that all problems can be solved using science and math, and his experiences at the Brighton School of Math haven't changed his perspective at all. His classmates are used to tormenting the English teacher, who is driven away each year by pranks that are somehow ignored by an administration that places little value on the subject. On the first day of his senior year, however, everything changes when he meets a beautiful stranger at Krispy Kreme and discovers that her older sister is the new English teacher. Charlotte of donut shop fame begins to hang out at his house with his younger sister Becca, both of whom attend a different high school and have become good friends, which is a surprise to everyone who knows how anxiety interferes with Becca's social life (or lack thereof). Charlie's plan to focus on his goal of attending MIT comes to a crashing halt when he finds himself falling hard and fast for a girl who has a fatal problem he can't solve. Charlotte and Charlie make a sweet couple, but it is Charlie who steals the show, as Alexander creates a believably confused adolescent frustrated by his feelings and his lack of control over the cancer that is destined to take Charlotte from him. Perfect for fans of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars and Lurlene McDaniel's fiction.-Kerry Sutherland, Akron-Summit County Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.