Monday, February 26, 2018

The Calculus of Change by Jessica Hilb

The Calculus of Change
Release Date: February 27th, 2018
Publisher: Clarion Books
Genre: Young Adult
Pages: 336 Pages
Format: Hardcover
Source: From the Publisher
Reason: For honest review
Find the Author: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon CA | Amazon

A poignant and empowering teen novel of grief, unrequited love, and finding comfort in one's own skin.Aden isn't looking for love in her senior year. She's much more focused on things like getting a solo gig at Ike's and keeping her brother from illegal herbal recreation. But when Tate walks into Calculus class wearing a yarmulke and a grin, Aden's heart is gone in an instant. The two are swept up in a tantalizingly warm friendship, complete with long drives with epic soundtracks and deep talks about life, love, and spirituality. With Tate, Aden feels closer to her mom—and her mom's faith—than she has since her mother died years ago. Everyone else—even Aden's brother and her best friend—can see their connection, but does Tate?Navigating uncertain romance and the crises of those she loves, Aden must decide how she chooses to see herself and how to honor her mom’s memory.

STAY AWAY FROM CALCULUS, IT'S NOTHING BUT TROUBLE!! It's not too often that I'm left speechless(ask anyone I know!) but The Calculus of Change left me utterly speechless. I read this book in one sitting. Once I started, I just simply could not stop, nor did I want to. I was completely engrossed in the complicated life of Aden. 

The Calculus of Change tackles some pretty tough things: The death of a parent, drugs, sexual assault, and more. Yet, between all of that is a charming layer of young love, a relationship between 2 best friends, a bond between brother and sister and a journey of growth and self discovery. 

I am absolutely stunned that The Calculus of Change is Jessica Hilbs debut novel. She writes like a seasoned author. She crafted such a beautiful story and penned such a vibrant character cast. Her delivery was just right! Giving you little tidbits at a time while weaving the story together at a beautiful pace.

The Calculus of Change packs a lot of punch within it's 336 page package.  I laughed, I cried and fumed with anger. It gave me all the feels. I adored every single moment while reading this novel. It's a beautiful and, at times, sad tale about a girl growing up without a mother during a time when she needs her mother most. It's a story where you will watch a character grow right in front of your very eyes. The Calculus of Change is a beautiful gem! 

 "That's what this feels like. It feels like crumbling. Like going from stone to sand"- Aden
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