Genres: Contemporary, YA, Young Adult
on February 11th, 2014
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
This book reminded of all the things I hated about high school. Boys were stupid and girls were mean! Through these typical high school elements a drama filled story is woven. Forced to move high schools because she is bullied, Ashley meets Brendan at her new school and he makes things almost bearable for her.
Ashely has a total crush on Brendan but doesn’t say anything and the new school year brings new students. Brendan (stupid boy) falls for the new “hot” girl Sofia (mean girl) and pretty much leaves Ashley in the dust. Ashley spends a majority of the book trying to get Brendan to see that Sofia is trouble. Sofia not only takes Ashley’s love but she even jeopardizes Ashley’s spot on the Mathletes team! If you are looking for drama, this book definitely has plenty.
I spent most of the book upset because of how stupid Brendan is and I just wished Ashley would have stood up for herself. I wasn’t overall that happy with the ending either but I will let you read it before I spoil all the goodies!
I think my high school students would love this book. It just didn’t work for me because I wanted Ashley to be ok without Brendan and that just was not happening. Maybe it’s because I see this in real life every day!
Student Review by
Usually I don’t read books like this but I really enjoyed this one. I thought the main character had a great personality and I really connected with her. I would have like to hear more about what happened at Ashley’s old school thought. The ending was amazing, I just loved how it ended! I would recommend this to my friends. It was a great read and something that I could definitely reread again for fun.