18 Feb 2014

{Blog Tour} Review: Solving for Ex by Leigh Ann Kopans

Solving for Ex by Leigh Ann Kopans
February 11th, 2014 · Self-published 
Source: Author
Format: Paperback
Page Count: 300
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.

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.

After reading One, I was looking forward to Solving for Ex, especially since contemporary is my favourite. I’m glad to say I liked this one even more.

First, let’s chat characters: I quite liked Ashely, the MC of the story. I wasn't that big a fan of the cast of One so I was glad that I had a better experience with this new set of characters. To me, they felt a little more fleshed out. Minor or main, good or bad, each character added something to the story; I enjoyed getting to watch it all play out and see whether certain predictions of mine regarding characters came true.

Solving for Ex is light and a lot of fun yet lightly touches on the aspect of bullying, without weighing the book down or turning it into an “issue” book. Not that there’s anything wrong with issue books, just that this isn't one of them.

The cute math illustrations at the end of each chapter was a cute addition to the story and I enjoyed (trying to read) them. I must say though, most of them went right over my head... You see, maths is not my subject. I’m more of an English/words/literary type girl, hence my love for books. Despite Mathletes playing such a big role, you don’t have to be a whiz with numbers to enjoy Kopans' latest. Sometimes predicable but always entertaining, Solving for Ex was a cute, light and quick read.


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  1. This book sounds like fun! I love this author to pieces and I loved ONE (TWO is on my Kindle but I haven't read it yet-I need to hurry). (:

  2. I LOVE this cover, first of all. The author's really friendly on Twitter, and now I think I need to read these! :)