Variables of Love (Review & Giveaway!)
Title: Variables of Love
Published Date: 16th September
Kapoor knows what life has in store for her. She’s in her senior year at
Stanford where she’ll graduate summa cum laude, and then she’ll begin her
interviews…her marriage interviews. Meena is Indian, and she’s never
questioned that she’ll have an arranged marriage like all the generations
before her. Not until she meets gorgeous math major Ethan Callahan. Ethan’s
sense of humor and free spirit stir feelings in Meena she didn’t know were possible
outside of Bollywood movies. It doesn’t hurt that he’s charming and has the
uncanny ability to make math sound like poetry, but Meena knows their equation
makes no sense in the real world.
beautiful girl, whose big, brown eyes reflect great pain. His goals are small
at first – to make her smile and then to laugh. But he soon wants more, and
though Meena is adamant they have no future, he convinces her to share the
present. Ethan believes every problem has a solution, but with cultural
expectations and family duty among the variables, they will struggle to solve
the ultimate equation to find happiness.
didn’t know when I started this book was that it was from the New Adult genre.
For some reason I had it in my head that it was a YA. Either way, this one
surprised me with how much I liked it.
meet by bumping into each other. Very cliché. But then this book developed into
something a lot deeper than the typical romance and a lot about certain things
I love. And that has to be culture!
future is going to have an arranged marriage. However, Ethan is American, and
therefore wouldn’t be accepted by her parents. That is the main problem they
share, and why Meena is all too eager to push him away. Meena is a great
character – the typical good girl who has her own secrets and her own reasons
for keeping them. They are steadily unraveled to the reader and each one made
me feel for her. Ethan himself has some things about him he would rather keep
to himself, and it was good to get to know him too. Personally, I loved the
slow and steady way he cared for Meena. It was such a cute romance ^.^
always good to see. There was Rachael who is the daughter of a priest, but in
truth is herself the girl that sleeps around the most and gets into all sorts
of trouble. She ends up falling for the wrong guy herself religion-wise and
then can’t lose her bad girl attitude. And then there is Raj, who is gay and
also Indian. That isn’t accepted in his culture so he is having troubles
dealing with that as well. Personally, I loved the secondary characters, and
the friendship between them all was wonderful.
book. When Meena and Ethan talk about things they do it in such creative ways,
and it doesn’t even seem unrealistic. It seems to match their personality and
seems so natural, it’s hard to believe these aren’t real people having this
conversation right now. I loved it. Wonderfully done.
getting over the loss of a loved one. I hated the way Meena’s family was so
fractured by a single death, even though it was a significant one. It was
interesting to compare how her family dealt with the death and the way that
naively believed it to be). But it isn’t as bad as some new adult romances.
leaves you wondering until the very last moment whether Meena and Ethan’s
relationship will survive everything. I was always kept guessing. There was
never a boring moment in the book, and setting aside the meet up at the
beginning, there wasn’t a single cliché moment as well. I was pleasantly surprised
after reading this one!
thinking about how culture influences our choices. The heroine, Meena, is a
plotter by nature and she is on a set course, which includes an arranged
marriage. Then along comes Ethan Callahan, who shines like the most beautiful
distraction. Suddenly, her course is not so clear.
like that it feels youthful. It’s also ties into Ethan’s need to doodle things
from Pride and Prejudice. I love a strong woman. In this novel, it’s Ethan
Callahan because he is witty and wise…and also a wiseass.
writing as you wrote this?
editor had to point that out. Thank goodness, because being wrong about
irony….is well, ironic (at least I think it is).
extra thank you’s. I hope you enjoyed it, and I’d love to hear from you.
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like at first, but then happened to like in the end?