Blog Tour – The Code for Love and Heartbreak by Jillian Cantor

**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?

Initial Thoughts

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.

Series Value

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.

Final Thoughts

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

Book Links
Barnes & Noble 

Author Links
Author Website:
TWITTER: @JillianCantor
Facebook: @AuthorJillianCantor
Instagram: @JillianCantor

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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