The Code for Love and Heartbreak by Jillian Cantor is a YA Contemporary Romance featuring high school coders under the Reimagining of Emma.
From bestselling author Jillian Cantor comes a smart, edgy update of Jane Austen’s beloved 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.
For fans of Jane Austen’s Emma, this YA Contemporary between high school coders and a new matchmaking app is the perfect modern, romantic twist.
I’ve never read/watched the original story, so I can’t comment too much on how it relates to this retelling, but I can say that the plot itself felt like a great story for YA fans. I really enjoyed the wholesome, sweet connection between the characters while also displaying the more nerdy settting (which I love reading). It definitely reads as a YA, causing me to fly through the entire book in one sitting.
A typical 3 out of 5 star read for me. It was a fun read but nothing that completely stood out to me. I would recommend this one for readers who adore the YA Romance genre and geeky characters.
Published: 6 October 2020
Publisher: Inkyard Press
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary / Romance / Retelling
How I Read It: eARC from Publisher
*Disclaimer: I requested a free copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. All of my reviews contain my honest opinions only and are not influenced in any way.*
Jillian Cantor is the author of award-winning and bestselling novels for adults and teens, including In Another Time, The Hours Count, Margot, and The Lost Letter, which was a USA Today bestseller. She has a BA in English from Penn State University and an MFA from the University of Arizona. Cantor lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons.
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