**Disclaimer: I was given a free e-ARC of the below in exchange for an honest review as part of a tour hosted by Inkyard Press.**
Title The Code for Love and Heartbreak
Author Jillian Cantor
Release Date October 6, 2020
Publisher Inkyard Press
In this contemporary romcom retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma by USA TODAY bestselling author Jillian Cantor, there’s nothing more complex—or unpredictable—than love.
When math genius Emma and her coding club co-president, George, are tasked with brainstorming a new project, The Code for Love is born.
George disapproves of Emma’s idea of creating a matchmaking app, 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 Emma’s own feelings defy any algorithm?
I was really excited to be part of this tour. Emma is one of my favorite Jane Austen novels and I’m a huge math nerd. I loved the concept of this book.
Some Things I Liked
- Set in New Jersey. My home state! I loved that I could connect with the main character in this way. Everything that was mentioned felt so familiar and I just loved that.
- Math as a theme. I totally understood the way Emma felt about people and numbers. Numbers make sense, numbers are logical, people are not. Again, I really connected with the main character over our mutual love of math and I was a lot like her in high school.
- Emma / Clueless retelling. I love both of these and I was so pleased with this modern interpretation of the story.
This felt like a standalone story. While I’d love to read a follow up with these characters, Emma was a standalone so it makes sense that this would be as well.
However, I’d absolutely love to see more of what Jillian Cantor writes. I loved this story and the writing style.
I finished this book all in one sitting. I really enjoyed it. I felt like I really connected with the main character and once again, this is a book that I would have really enjoyed when I was in high school.
Recommendations for Further Reading
- Tweet Cute by Emma Lord – if you enjoyed the idea of a technology based rom-com / retelling, try this stand alone from Emma Lord.
- My Eyes Are Up Here by Laura Zimmerman – if you enjoyed the concepts of a shy main character who doesn’t totally understand relationships or love, try this stand alone.
Author Website: https://www.jilliancantor.com/