BOOK TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Solving for Ex by LeighAnn Kopans
Solving for Ex
by LeighAnn Kopans
MY THOUGHTS: 3 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
I just kind of skimmed the synopsis of this book, so I didn’t exactly catch that it was supposed to be somewhat of a retelling of a Jane Austen novel. To be honest, it wouldn’t have mattered. I’ve never read Mansfield Park. The “Mean Girls meets Clueless” part was what got me interested. Unfortunately I didn’t see much of either movie in this book.
The main character, Ashley, was just OK to me. She seemed very very meek at times, then at others she had this fierceness that kind of came out of nowhere. Problem is, by the time she decides to do something about an issue and stand up for herself, the stuff has already hit the fan.
Ashley is in love with her best friend/neighbor Brendan. They are both super smart and hope to bring the school’s Mathletes team to the state championship. Problem is, Brendan seems to be totally oblivious to Ashley’s feelings for him. The relationship between the two started out in a very promising way. There is obviously a chemistry between them, and the fact that they are already friends is very helpful. But both of them make some very bad decisions that cause unnecessary complications.
Although I read this book quickly, I was disappointed by several things. Ashley had to leave her family and previous school because of bullying that got way out of hand. She was being bullied because of a rumor someone started that she slept with a guy, which she did not. Really? Things got this bad over a rumor? And just Ashley was the one being bullied, not the guy? I’m not saying things like this don’t happen in real life, but this scenario really burned me up. Ashley barely has any contact with her parents and siblings after she leaves. I can’t believe her mom would just let her go like that.
There were a few funny and cute parts, though. At the end of every chapter, a little math equation was shown that ended up making me smile.
I am still not sure if I approve of the way this book ended. Without spoiling too much, I feel like the characters jumped into things way too fast. But, like a lot of things about the book, I predicted it.
Overall, I can’t say that I do or don’t recommend this book. Maybe I’m the wrong audience for it because I didn’t know or care that it was a retelling. Fans of Jane Austen may like Solving for Ex more than I did.
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