The Calculus Of Change by Jessie HilbThe Calculus Of Change by Jessie Hilb

The Calculus Of Change

byJessie Hilb

Hardcover | February 27, 2018

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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 more 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.
Jessie Hilb holds a Masters in Social Work and lives in Boulder, Colorado with her family and ever-loyal herding dog. She constantly reinvents herself. The Calculus of Change is her first novel. Visit her online at jessiehilb.com and on Twitter at @JessieHilb.
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Title:The Calculus Of ChangeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:336 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.18 inPublished:February 27, 2018Publisher:Houghton Mifflin HarcourtLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0544953339

ISBN - 13:9780544953338

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from More crushes, less calculus This was a solid read. I was expecting a really light, fluffy story about falling in love and crushing really hard. And you know what? I got hit by a ton of bricks. Blow after blow after blow. I enjoyed Aden. I thought she was really funny and blunt. She made mistakes (a lot of them) and she had to own up to them (as one should). She had to grow up as the “mom” figure in her home after losing her own mother at such a young age. She also struggles in finding comfort in her own skin. She was always comparing herself to others girls who were “trademark pretty”. She didn’t out right hate them or shame them, but envy thrived strongly in Aden. Her self-image problems came into conflict with other aspects of her life, especially on her new found crush with Tate. Aden’s story was also one of finding the courage to let go. She was always so focused on mothering, on being there for her friends, her brother, her father and Tate that she kind of lost who she was in the midst. But I love the fact that her music and connection to her mother, however minimal they were, kept her grounded to her reality. This book greatly shows how grief is not something gotten over within 300 pages or less. It endures before the first page and after the last page, the point is to not let it consume you. To live a life worth living. I went in this for the calculus and there was no calculus. Hello? I mean I wouldn’t actually like to read a book on calculus because that would really be a snooze-fest, but the references to the math were weak and minimal. I thought music was the bigger motif than calculus. It’s a very misleading title. Overall, it was a solid story. It was a fast-paced read. The chapters are nice and short and the story itself is very easy to follow. There is a lot of drama, some things definitely shocked me, but it is ultimately Aden’s story to self-discovery and acceptance. I think the ending was one of my favourite bits.
Date published: 2018-02-28

Editorial Reviews

The protagonist is a realistic and sympathetic heroine whose struggles with body image, love, and family issues will resonate with teens." - School Library Journal "Give this to readers who like the character-driven novels of authors such as Sarah Dessen, Sara Zarr, or Lauren Miracle." - Booklist " Full of heart." - Kirkus "Short chapters, framed around Aden's memories and interactions, leap from one challenge to the next in a way that makes the story a fast, engrossing read." - Publishers Weekly "