Atomic number: 8
Name of chemical element: Oxygen
Every theory has a test subject … even between best friends.
The pact: Stanford.
The betrayal: AJ attending Duke.
The reason: She did something stupid like fall in love with Evan.
The problem: Evan’s not ready to let this betrayal go so easily.
The solution: Find AJ and fix them.
The Theory of Unrequited, Book One in The Science of Unrequited: The Story of AJ & Evan
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Len Webster is a romance-loving Melburnian with dreams of finding her version of ‘The One.’ But until that moment happens, she writes. Having just completed her BBusCom from Monash University, Len is now busy writing her next romance about how a boy met a girl, and how they fell completely and hopelessly in love.
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If you like angsty, young adult novels, you will love this book. AJ and Evan have been friends for as long as they can remember. AJ always picked Evan: over school, over Evan’s brother, over her dreams: over everything. Evan hasn’t quite caught up to AJ’s level of devotion yet.
Alexandra has always loved Evan, but somewhere along the way she fell in love with him. So much so, her senior year is filled with pain and heartache as she watches Evan continuously put others before her. She gazes into his eyes and sees love, but not the kind she feels. She hears his words, and reminds herself she means everything to Evan as his best friend. After a devastating year and prom (WHAT HAPPENED AT PROM??) she decides to break all the promises she once made to him, in order to find herself again.
Evan has always loved AJ, which is why her betrayal hurts so much. She is his entire world, and he doesn’t know who he is without her. He doesn’t understand why others seem to know his best friend better than he does. Because while AJ has been closing off her heart to Evan, he’s been trying to protect her from someone who should have been trying to protect her too.
Most of the drama in this book is internal. It is the fight to find yourself with out the one you love. It’s the fight to understand why it hurts so much not to have someone in your life. It’s the painful truth you fell in love with your best friend, and they don’t reciprocate the same feelings. It’s having your life intertwined with someone, only to realize you can’t live with them.
The reason this is four stars and not five isn’t because it’s not a good book. Len’s writing is fabulous and she weaves a tale of heartache, pain, and betrayal so amazingly, you’re sucked into the world that she created, effortlessly. However, I feel like most of the drama could have been avoided had AJ done one thing: COMMUNICATED. I get it, you don’t want to lose your best friend and tell them how you feel and they don’t feel the same. But the other stuff? She could have just talked to him about half of what she was feeling.