About Shannon Lee Alexander
Shannon Lee Alexander is a wife and mother (of two kids and one yellow terrier named Harriet Potter). She is passionate about coffee, books, and cancer research. She spent most of her time in high school hiding out in the theater with the drammies and techies. Math still makes her break out in a sweat. She currently lives in Indianapolis with her family.
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Review by Suze
Charlie is sure of what he wants to do with his life. Mathematics and science are what he understands and MIT will be his future. He's driven and determined and he's certain he knows everything there is to know about what's interesting and what isn't. That changes when he meets Charlotte. He's initially mesmerized by her tattoo. He can't believe his luck when he discovers that the girl he likes is his sister's new best friend.
Charlotte's sister is Charlie's English teacher. To give Charlotte an easier time at home Charlie comes up with a plan. He's going to make his teacher's life as difficult as possible, so she will spend more time strategizing and therefore will have less attention for her little sister. The plan seems to work, but Charlotte has a secret and as soon as Charlie finds out what it is he doesn't feel so happy about his pranks anymore.
Something is seriously wrong with Charlotte and Charlie and his sister Becca worry about her health. They're spending as much time with her as they can. Charlie loses his heart and he risks having it irreparably broken, but Charlotte is worth it. Will Charlie regret his choice to find out if there's more to life than just numbers or will he treasure every important moment he can have?
Love and Other Unknown Variables is a beautiful emotional love story. I shed quite a few tears while I was reading this book. Charlotte is a wonderful outgoing person. She isn't afraid to live and she grabs every chance she gets with both hands. Charlie is a sweet guy. He's a little awkward, but he wants to discover ways to change. He'll do anything for Charlotte. They have amazing chemistry and it's clear from the start that what there is between them is true love. I really enjoyed reading about their adventures and their time together. Their relationship is bittersweet and it made me smile and tear up at the same time.
Shannon Lee Alexander finds beauty in sadness. She describes difficulties and life's unfairness with honesty and empathy. She knows exactly what her main characters are going through and the feelings she describes are believable and realistic. I loved the way she wrote this story, it's clear from the beginning that it isn't going to end well, but I wanted nothing more than to take that amazing journey filled with joy, grief and hope. Love and Other Unknown Variables is an impressive story, it's tragic and romantic and I think it's a definite must-read.
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Review by Suze
Becca doesn't know how to live without her friend Charlotte. She feels like she misses a vital part of herself. Charlotte was her best friend and her brother's girlfriend. Becca is shy and awkward when it comes to dealing with others. She rather reads and she prefers her safe fictional world over the real one. She used to be a loner and that is what she's trying to be again, but Charlotte changed her. Becca wants to have a different life, she needs more now that she knows what it's like to be around others.
Becca joins the Drama Club. She wants to work backstage, but is being given a part in the play as well. She doesn't want to choose between the actors and the techies. Making new friends is hard though. Especially since one of them looks like she wants to eat Becca alive. The last thing Becca can handle is to have her heart broken again, but that means she doesn't have anything to give. Working with Max, the guy who is always nice to her and who seems to get her, is difficult. Becca wants to show him more of herself, but she isn't ready to open her heart to anyone yet. Will that moment ever come again?
Life After Juliet is a compelling story about moving on after heartbreak. Shannon Lee Alexander describes that in a beautiful sensitive way. Becca has her ups and downs and she slowly struggles towards better control of her feelings. She will always miss Charlotte, who was the one who made her come out of her shell. Becca's learned a lot from her friend and she tries to make her proud. She doesn't always make progress and sometimes it's two steps back after she's managed to take one step forward, but she keeps on trying. She runs away sometimes, she gets mad, she learns to stand up for herself and she learns to talk to people. I loved to see her grow. Max is a wonderful kind guy who understands Becca, he always gives her the space she needs. They are exactly right for one another and they are really sweet together.
Love and Other Unknown Variables and Life After Juliet can best be read together. Becca and Charlie have a great bond. Charlotte walked into their lives and she's changed them forever. I loved how special Shannon Lee Alexander made Charlotte. She leaves a lasting impression on both siblings and their stories are equally interesting. The first book is moving towards something emotional and the second one starts with that part and is about the process of healing. I liked that approach. These books are both fantastic and I highly recommend them.
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