The Calculus of Change (2020)

The Calculus of Change Jessie Hilb The Calculus of Change 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 focused on things like getting a solo gi
  • Title: The Calculus of Change
  • Author: Jessie Hilb
  • ISBN: 9780544953338
  • Page: 106
  • Format: Hardcover
The Calculus of Change Jessie Hilb 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 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 insA 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 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.
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  1. Madison

    3.75 stars I expected Calculus of Change to be light hearted contemporary, where math meets romance and trivial high school problems create light drama and much fun Instead, Calculus of Change is a deep novel and touches on numerous heavy issues, from sexual assault to body image, relationship problems and self perception It is thought provoking and written in an original style When Aden falls she falls Head over heels, totally discombobulated falls in love That s what happened when Tate walked [...]

  2. Pernille Ripp

    I usually do not share negative opinions of books and yet there were a couple of things that led me to not want to hand this to a teenager the book is without consequence and handles pretty serious matters much too casually Some examples are when the best friend has a relationship with a teacher and then gets pregnant, oops, no big deal, we will just do a paternity test and hope it is not his because she happened to have slept with another guy as well When the main character is sexually molested [...]

  3. Suzanne

    The author really brought me back to my days as a 17 year old girl by reaching into the mind of Aden The sarcastic look at the outside world, the insecurities, very real family dynamics, eclectic friendships, what it s like to feel a connection with the opposite sex and then second guess everything about those feelings and yourself Without revealing any spoilers, Aden definitely comes out on top which is a moment of pride for those of us adult readers who accomplished the same back in the day an [...]

  4. SandraK

    oh wow this book is beautifully written and too true the narrator main character is edgy and real if you re like me and have had a what is this romance to use a phrase from the book that left you wondering if you were just crazy, this book is so affirming honestly the book was equal parts painful and empowering and totally delicious in ways that made me wish it would never ended highly recommended

  5. Jaclyn

    Sweet and moving realistic YA Starts off somewhat as an unrequited romance, but goes far beyond that There s also coming to terms with grief Aden is attracted to Tate partly b c of his spirituality which makes her feel connected to her Jewish mother who passed away family Aden, her brother Jon and their father have a somewhat loving but strained relationship, partly because they haven t come to terms with her mom s death, and her father in particular has a hair trigger temper that never quite ge [...]

  6. Cindy

    I ve been a YA fiction fan since before the genre actually existed But every now and then I come across a special book that isn t just a fun read it s like a tiny, potent time capsule, capturing just exactly the FEELING of being a teenager in all its confusing, awkward, painful, exhilarating glory Jessie Hilb s THE CALCULUS OF CHANGE is one of those books She s masterful at capturing those emotions the consumingness of a crush, the angst of not knowing what you are friends or than friends the u [...]

  7. Misty

    3.75 5 starsI was expecting this to be a cosy romance full of clich s about the nerdy high school girl falling in love with the popular guy But God was I wrong It s touching much than that, and is deep on so many levels It goes from body shaming, drug abuse, sexually assault and dealing with the loss of someone you love This book is all about opening up about your feelings instead of hiding them inside and be happy with who you are as a person Everyone is beautiful in their own way All in all, [...]

  8. KayCee K

    The Calculus of Change by Jessie Hilb was refreshing Yes, it s a YA Contemporary and yes it does have teen drama, but it s than that Overall, this was a strong read for me that brought both smiles and saddened too Yes, it was filled with characters making bad choices but everyone makes bad choices, small or big and they all have an effect The title of this book could be any better.Full review, with spoilers, will be live on my blog Feb 4st wonderstruck kcksI received a NetGalley ARC of this boo [...]

  9. Janette Lennon

    I was lucky to be passed an early copy of this one Looked up the reviews here first and was intrigued I read it in short bursts and felt amazed, sometimes frustrated I often laughed out loud Didn t know what to make of it but have decided it s genius Definitely plenty of real life messy issues PG 13 I would say I couldn t put the book down, but in reality I found myself closing it with my jaw dropped wondering how the author hit so close to home I ve been there just like Aden in too many ways, n [...]

  10. Crystalâ™›

    Thank you to the publisher via netgalley for this arc Wow This book It was way than I expected I was thinking this would be just a cute contemporary But it is so much than that It is about loving yourself Knowing your worth Things will be okay no matter the mistakes you make If someone doesn t love you the way you deserve then you don t need them Everyone is beautiful in their own way Once you learn to love yourself then I think you will realize you re worth so much than what you were settlin [...]

  11. Kristin

    The Calculus of Change really resonated with me The story chronicles the life of Aden and her relationships with others living and departed , but most of the plot actually serves to show the relationship she has with herself I loved the short chapters It took me a little while to get used to the writing style e.g a prepositional phrase is often used to represent an entire sentence However, once I let the story fully captivate me, the music and the math elements of the story melded together to ma [...]

  12. Heather Ezell

    The Calculus of Change struck me with its sharp honesty, gorgeous prose, and how true it portrays the pains of growing up It doesn t sugar coat and it doesn t hold back Aden feels so familiar and I found both myself and my friends within her story.

  13. Rebecca

    Very good family friendship relationship drama for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, etc about falling in love with the wrong person and reconnecting broken families.

  14. Nicole

    I was sent a physical ARC by Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.I m not really sure how I feel about this book to be honest One part of me likes it, another part of me doesn t And my feelings have been going on like this for over a week now I guess I was expecting much than I received I expected a cutesy contemporary with boy meets girl, unrequited love, plus a mix of cheesy interactions between friends and family and the end But when I first started reading this, I was confused b [...]

  15. diana

    I expected this to be a light hearted book with the usual teenage angst and swoony romance Boy was I surprised when I got so much than I anticipated The Calculus of Change deals with a lot of real life, heavy issues From drug abuse and sexual assault to teenage pregnancy and self image, this book is thought provoking with its raw honesty Aden was an interesting character I admit I didn t get her at first and found her quite annoying but throughout the book as I got to know her and understand he [...]

  16. Christina (Ensconced in Lit)

    I m really torn with this book There are things I really like about it I like the fact that it wasn t simple, it was about an ordinary but smart girl figuring out how to like and respect herself, and that the love interest wasn t automatically requited That said, the internal monologue of her looking down on herself went on for most of the book and I wanted to see that change earlier The other side characters were frustrating and everyone seemed to go through a story trajectory at the same time [...]

  17. Lauren

    Confession time I m a huge math nerd When I was in high school and college, I would use math problems as a way to relax There s just something so magical about the way numbers come together Therefore, when I discovered Jessie Hilb s THE CALCULUS OF CHANGE, a 2018 debut that involved a character that loved math i.e a girl after my own heart I knew I had to have it Going into THE CALCULUS OF CHANGE I was expecting a sweet, cutesy romance however, that s not exactly what I received Instead, THE CAL [...]

  18. Sarah

    I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Aden becomes romantically obsessed with Tate because of his newfound commitment to his religion The two become study partners for calculus, but this relationship continues to grow into a deeper friendship and potentially However, Tate already has a girlfriend, who he wants to stay with Aden is not the only one in her life who is experiencing issues related to love Her father is still deeply impacted by the loss of her mother, her b [...]

  19. Maja Lisa

    Thanks to Clarion Books and Jessie Hilb for an ARC of this book.This is a hard book for me to rate On one hand, I like that the author approached some big topics in a YA book On the other hand, I don t think they were all presented with the amount of gravity that, in my opinion, they should have Without getting into spoilers, here are some of my thoughtsOs The writing is easy to read, clear, and keeps the story moving I believed the narration was coming from a 17 year old Aden is an interesting [...]

  20. Nicole Strand

    This is a novel about grief, unrequited love, and becoming comfortable in your own skin.Aden isn t looking for love in her senior year She s focused on getting gigs and keeping her brother from getting high But when Tate wearing a yarmulke walks into class, she is smitten instantly.The two develop a strong friendship Complete with long drives and road soundtracks Being around Tate and his faith makes her feel closer to her mother who passed away several years ago Everyone else sees their connec [...]

  21. Amber (Books of Amber)

    I don t really have too much to say about this book because it failed to draw me in, which meant I ended up skimming most of it My biggest issue with the book was that there was no draw for me I just didn t connect with the writing style, and I had no interest in the characters or the plot because of that.I also didn t like the way the student teacher relationship was dealt with in this book The teacher wasn t punished or fired or anything for what he did, in fact it was completely brushed over [...]

  22. Courtney

    There is a LOT of bad decision making in this book More so then there really needs to be Even with all the bad decision making I could have liked this book if our heroine who is rightly concerned about the bad decisions EVERYONE around her is making didn t think that getting drunk at parties and subsequently making bad decisions there was a good idea She went with the plan to get drunk and make bad decisions No one should plan drunken bad decisions, let alone teens.

  23. Laura Ellis

    I read it in one day and got lost in it Aden s relationship with Tate and with her friends and family felt familiar to me I laughed at how real some of the scenes are that stuff really happens in high school Aden spent so much of her time loving others I was happy and inspired when she had the courage to love herself.

  24. Becky

    For a in depth review watch youtube watch v EKxiFAden didn t want to fall in love with Tate but she did She feel for him the moment he walked into their class wearing a yarmulke The only problem is that Tate didn t fall in love with Aden The two become fast friends, best friends, but Aden s feelings never waiver Can she show Tate that the two of them should be together The Calculus of Change is one of those books that are better written then its story Hilb wrote the book in a lyrical freestyle [...]

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