Numbers Are My Thing: A Review of The Code for Love and Heartbreak

The Code for Love and Heartbreak

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.

This book was so cheesy good! Obviously, it’s a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma, but far more fun.

I was very similar to this Emma growing up, except instead of being a numbers person, I was far better with words. I didn’t understand people at ALL. So I definitely felt for our sweet lead, even if she is a bit of a stereotype.

I feel like every single character in this one is extremely likeable, which is rare for modern YA books. I also feel like this version is ripe for adaptation.

If you’re looking for a quick, fun, sweet read to distract from *gestures at everything*, look no further! The Code is perfect.

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