May 25, 2021

#BookReview: The Code for Love and Heartbreak by Jillian Cantor

Synopsis: A new take on Jane Austen's 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.


Rating: 1 Star
My Review: Another book that I wanted to fall for but it just didn't happen.  This story about first love and coding just wasn't for me.  I found that the coding sections of the book over took the romance of the story and just really bogged down the reading.  I felt like I was slogging through a coding class most of the time and just had to call it quits. 

Go Into This One Knowing: Coding, Light Romance


“I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any young person with a love of classics or a love of numbers. The Code for Love and Heartbreak asks more than just "is matchmaking meddlesome and wrong?" Considering the ubiquitous dating apps available, we have to there an algorithm for love? Can passion be quantified? Could someone, with enough determination, truly code their own boyfriend?” –NPR

“A warm coming-of-age story recommended for readers who enjoy a good Austen-esque romp with more modern themes.” –School Library Journal

“Modern twists to keep things fresh. Meticulous pacing and multilayered characters make this story a good choice for romance buffs looking for a light read.” –Publishers Weekly

"A delightful modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma... A fun read for fans of Morgan Matson and Lauren Barnholdt." –Booklist

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