Coding, Contests, and Clueless Crushes | The Code for Love and Heartbreak by Jillian Cantor [ spoiler-free book review ]

“Everything can’t be solved with an equation, Em. If you feel something…just let yourself feel it, okay?”

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The Code for Love and Heartbreak

Author: Jillian Cantor

Genre: Young Adult > Contermporary Romance

Publisher: Inkyard Press

Published: October 6, 2020

Format Read: Audiobook via Scribd

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Book Blurb

From bestselling author Jillian Cantor comes a smart, edgy update of Jane Austen’s beloved classic Emma.

Emma Woodhouse is a genius at math, but clueless about people. After all, people are unreliable. They let you down—just like Emma’s sister, Izzy, did this year, when she moved to California for college. But numbers…those you can count on. (No pun intended.)

Emma’s senior year is going to be all about numbers, and seeing how far they can take her. When she and George, her Coding Club co-president, are tasked with brainstorming a new project, The Code for Love is born—a matchmaking app that goes far beyond swiping, using algorithms to calculate compatibility. George disapproves of Emma’s idea, accusing her of meddling in people’s lives. But all the happy new couples at school are proof that the app works. At least at first.

Emma’s code is flawless. So why is it that perfectly matched couples start breaking up, the wrong people keep falling for each other and her own feelings defy any algorithm? Emma thought math could solve everything. But there’s nothing more complex—or unpredictable—than love.

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About The Author

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Jillian Cantor has a BA in English from Penn State University and an MFA from The University of Arizona. She is the USA Today bestselling author of THE LOST LETTER, THE HOURS COUNT, MARGOT, and, most recently, IN ANOTHER TIME, which was a March 2019 Indie Next pick. Her work has been translated into 12 languages, and has been featured as a Library Reads pick, and in People Magazine, O the Oprah Magazine, Glamour, and PopSugar among others. Born and raised in a suburb of Philadelphia, Jillian currently lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons.

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Coding, Contests, and Clueless Crushes

📚 Series? No.
📚 Genre? YA Romance.
📚 Read for?
💬 Popsugar Prompt #36. Fewer than 1,000 reviews
💬 Alphabet Soup Letter C
💬 Nerd Daily Prompt #43. A Retelling
📚 Cliffhanger? No.

⚠ Book Tags :  Emma Retelling. Girls Who Code. Miscommunication problems. *Clueless* MC (pun intended)
⚠ This Book In Emojis: 👩🏽‍💻👫🏻🤔

The Code for Love and Heartbreak is an Emma retelling. But for someone who hasn’t read that, I can’t tell you how accurate it was and what references I enjoyed.

Putting that aside, this book is a pretty cute YA novel. Of course, it is about Emma, a math genius coding club president. For their senior year, they have to create an app to enter to a coding competition. The app they ended up with is The Code for Love.

Overall, this story was a fun venture to Emma’s life, her family, her friends, and (unknowingly) *crushing* on someone. It is a good pick for days when you’re looking for something light and sweet.

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My Book Rating Breakdown

🌼 Blurb:⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Main Character:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Significant Other: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Support Characters:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Writing Style:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Character Development:⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Romance: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Pacing: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Ending: ⭐⭐⭐☆
🌼 Unputdownability: ⭐⭐⭐☆☆
🌼 Book Cover:⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Final Rating: ⭐⭐⭐ | 3.36 /5

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