Fantastic books always flow through my brain like a blockbuster movie. The scenes and characters exist in full action cinematic splendour. After I've finished the book I have to work really hard to remember whether the plot is from printed pages or a visit to Cineplex. That's how I know when I've read something really REALLY good, and that's what happened to me with Love and Other Variables. I could cast the characters right now and have them practice my most vivid scenes; Charlie touching Charlotte's neck in the Krispy Kreme donut line, Greta walloping James after the bee scene, Charlie driving through Mrs. Dunwitty's garden, Charlotte and Charlie throwing mud at each other, the stargazing episode, the dancing in the rain scene, Charlie asking Becca if he can ask Charlotte out, the restaurant date...I could go on but I won't. This book is fast paced, heartbreaking, humorous,mathematical, delicious and wise all at once. I don't think I've ever said that I "loved" a book but I'm saying it now. It's full of metaphors and brilliance and maybe it's the teacher in me that loved Charlie and his logical math brain but found myself rooting for Ms. Finch... It doesn't matter. This book is FANTASTIC and I am exhausted from reading it because it grabbed hold of my heart starting with, "Beginnings are tricky things." I don't think I can even look at another book for a few days so you know how serious I am about the epic awesomeness of this story. Go now... buy, beg or borrow yourself a copy. You can thank me later. :-). Would love to hear from you when you finish it. I'm betting that this copy won't spend more than five minutes on our library shelf. Any takers?
(If I was an author I would hate to have MY book compared, even favourably, to another, but I would be remiss if I didn't say that this is a perfect selection for your readers who loved TFIOS. Sorry Shannon Alexander, but it is true.)