E-galley Review: The Calculation of You and Me by Serena Kaylor

Posted June 14, 2024 by Lisa Mandina in Review / 9 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

E-galley Review:  The Calculation of You and Me by Serena KaylorThe Calculation of You and Me by Serena Kaylor
Published by Wednesday Books on June 18, 2024
Genres: YA Contemporary Romance
Pages: 304
Source: the publisher
Format: E-galley
My Rating: five-stars
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A calculus nerd enlists her surly classmate’s help to win back her ex-boyfriend, but when sparks start to fly, she realizes there’s no algorithm for falling in love.

Marlowe Meadows understands a lot of things. She understands that calculus isn’t overwhelmingly beautiful to everyone, and that it typically kills the mood when you try to talk Python coding over beer pong. She understands people were surprised when golden boy Josh asked her out and she went from weird, math-obsessed Marlowe to half of their school’s couple goals. Unfortunately, Marlowe was surprised when Josh dumped her because he’d prefer a girlfriend who was more romantic. One with emotional depth.

But Marlowe has never failed anything in her life, and she isn’t about to start now. When she’s paired with Ashton Hayes for an English project, his black clothing and moody eyeliner cause a bit of a systems overload, and the dissonant sounds of his rock band make her brain itch. But when she discovers Ash’s hidden stash of love songs, Marlowe makes a desperate deal to unleash her inner romantic heroine: if Ash will agree to help her write some love letters, she’ll calculate the perfect data analytics formula to make Ash’s band go viral.

As the semester heats up with yearning love notes and late nights spent with a boy who escapes any box her brain tries to put him in, Marlowe starts to question if there’s really a set solution to love. Could a girl who has never met a problem she couldn’t solve have gotten the math so massively wrong?

So I loved this book so much! So many things to talk about! First of all the main character, Marlowe, is neurodivergent, she is on the spectrum. I could see how people might find her annoying, but if you take into consideration that aspect, her character makes so much sense in how she behaves. And I loved how the whole romance bookstore came into the story, and how Ash had her read romances in order to help her with her trying to get her ex-boyfriend Josh back. Not to mention how she picked up one of her mom’s romances and got sucked in. Yep, that’s just a perfect representation of how so many of us probably got started with them!

I loved how Marlowe would write in a notebook her “assignments” from reading the books. Including NSFW drawings, one coming about as her mind tried to figure out the logistics of a stairway sex scene, lol. I know my brain has tried to figure out some scenes at times, and while I can’t/don’t draw them, I’ve gone over and over some of them in my mind trying to figure them out and how they actually worked! And I know that a lot of people might have problems with romances being encouraged reading for high schoolers, but I’m going to argue with people on that. Of all the ways for girls to see healthy relationships, there honestly are so many romances out there that are perfect for that. Even with the sex in them. Why shouldn’t those girls learn that sex can be good, can be more than just letting the guy enjoy himself and then leave her wanting? Anyway, off my soapbox about that. And I promise that I’m not offering them in my school library for anyone that might be offended, I just think it the parents are okay with it, there is nothing wrong with it.

And then Ash and Marlowe choose Wuthering Heights to do their English project on, and I also LOVED that they both felt the same way about the book and how it is NOT a romance! Seeing more than one character in a story have the same feelings and thoughts as I did after reading it made this book even better for me! Not to mention the way Marlowe “rewrote” one of the most favorite quotes from WH for their final project. Oh, and when the grand gesture make up scene takes place at the Winter formal dance, I love the comment about how something that didn’t happen was because this wasn’t “a teen movie y’all.” I giggled at that for sure.

There were so many great characters in this book besides our main couple. Marlowe’s best friends Poppy and Odette were hilarious. I loved Marlowe’s parents as well, all of them, even her real dad who was also autistic like she was. And then there was the supposed ghost of her Meemaw that haunted her room, slamming or opening the door.

I adored this book so much, and need to go back and read the author’s other book as well as I’ll be waiting impatiently for another book from her!

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9 responses to “E-galley Review: The Calculation of You and Me by Serena Kaylor

    • Lisa Mandina

      I really liked that we got a female character too, as so often they make it more as if it is just males who deal with autism.

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