Monday, March 3, 2014

FFBC Blog Tour: Solving For Ex by Leigh Ann Kopans

Solving for Ex
by LeighAnn Kopans
300 pages
Release Date: February 11th 2014
Rate: Enjoyed it
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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.

Solving for Ex was definitely a quick read. This sweet, romantic and lovable Aussie story, won my heart the very first time I read about the Mathletes and couldn't stop reading it until I knew all about Ashley's story.

Who's not been in love with the boy next door that turns out to be your best friend? Or have seen a friend going through this situation? Ashley's story is so believable and real just for his love drama: she's had some problems in her old school and Brendan was the only one that made her smile after the incident. They became fast friends and best friends after that and since that moment, Ashley's been in love with Brendan, but not knowing how to tell him.

Moreover, her story entangles even more when a new couple comes to her new high school: Sofia and Vincent. These two brothers put Ashley's world upside down. Vincent seems to be into Ashley and won't stop asking her out and Brendan has only eyes for Sofia, always drooling at every word she says, making Ashley sick. But Sofia's not only willing to steal Brendan from Ashley, she's also trying to steal Ashely's spot on the Mathletes. 

I loved this story because it goes through different stages in a crush. First, Ashley is devoted to her feelings to Brendan, still trying to make herself a spot in Brendan's love life. After trying so hard and receiving only deception, she tries to forget her feelings for Brendan by going out with the boy that really wants to be with her and is really trying to win Ashley over: Vincent. Then, there's the realization stage. It was a great story that anyone can feel related to and/or love it because of Ashley's situation.

The characters have their own perfect personality. Ashley and Brendan are best friends because they are kind of alike: they both like maths and they study really hard, they don't like cheaters and they always try to do the right thing. They could be call geeks and that's one of the things I loved about these two. Sofia and Vincent are shown like the cool, rich kids that are always doing crazy things and not caring about the consequences. The completely opposite of Ashley and Brendan.
Ashley's the main character and you read the story from her point of view. I like that she's an average girl, shy and with a problems in the background that made her feel insecure. However, non of this mater when she was with Brendan. She's happy, sweet and even funny. I like her personality and the fact that she expressed her passion for photography. Despite her crush on Brendan and him not acting like himself when Sofia's in the picture, she's not all the time whining about how miserable is her life and I admire that. I would have been wining all the time, If I were her.

Throughout the story, there's a lot of things going on. The author didn't just focus the story on Ashley's crush on Brendan and make her spill all her feelings in the 300 pages of the book. It's also explained the story of Ashley when Vincent and Sofia arrive to her school and how they both put everything upside down and make Ashley's life completely different and make her do things she'd normally not do.
Obviously, there's a lot of drama and heartbreak, but there's also a undying truth behind all this story that you learn after reading the climax of the book and you find out some shocking and infuriating truths. At least that's how I felt with two of the characters (not saying more!).

Overall, I devoured this book 'cause it was a sweet change for a while. I needed some story about a girl with a crush and trying to make herself visible in the eyes of the boy she liked, and Solving For Ex gave me that with a little bit of funny maths in the middle. 
What I loved was the "math jokes" that you can find after finishing a chapter: conversations between Ashley and Vincent during classes. Those were my favorite moments and I looked forward to see the next "math joke" after starting a new chapter.

I highly recommend Solving For Ex if you're looking for a sweet, lovable and challenging romance story. Leigh Ann did a wonderful job and you don't want to miss it!

Leigh's Dream Cast

Meaghan Martin as Ashley 
David Henrie as Brendan

My Dream Cast

Chloë Grace Moretz as Ashley 
David Henrie as Brendan
Bella Thorne as Sofia
Daniel Sharman as Vincent

Raised on comic books and classic novels, Leigh Ann developed an early love of science fiction and literature. As an adult, she rediscovered her love for not only reading, but also writing the types of fiction that enchanted her as a teen. Solving for Ex was born of her love for Jane Austen’s classics, and how they taught her that love stories could be funny and wickedly smart.

Leigh Ann, her husband, and four children live in Columbus, Ohio. When she’s not immersed in the world of fiction, you can find her obsessing over the latest superhero movie or using her kids as an excuse to go out for ice cream (again.)

  • You must be 13 or older to enter this giveaway
  • It's an US Only & INT giveaway.
  • Each day there will be available a #QOD (question of the day) in each participant blog. You can earn more points by answering the answers.
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What do you like the most about Solving For Ex? What do you think about the dream casts?

Win (1) "Mathlete" Tee (US Only)
Win (1) "Maths" Tee from Threadless (US Only)
Win (1) "I <3 u" equation coffee mug (US Only)
Win (1) signed paperback of Solving For Ex by LeighAnn Kopans (US Only)
Win (1) of (3) e-copies of Solving For Ex by LeighAnn Kopans (INT)
Win (1) "Reading Is Sexy" Tee (US Only)

Giveaway starts: Feb. 11th, 2014
Giveaway finishes: March 3rd, 2014

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