The Calculus of Change by Jessie Hilb

The Calculus of Change

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...

Details The Calculus of Change

TitleThe Calculus of Change
Release DateFeb 27th, 2018
PublisherClarion Books
GenreContemporary, Young Adult, Romance

Reviews The Calculus of Change

  • Madison
    3.75 stars I expected Calculus of Change to be light-hearted contemporary, where math meets romance and trivial high school problems create light drama and much fun. Instead, Calculus of Change is a deep novel and touches on numerous heavy issues, from sexual assault to body image, relationship problems and self perception. It is thought provoking and written in an original style. When Aden falls she falls. Head over heels, totally discombobulate...
  • Pernille Ripp
    I usually do not share negative opinions of books and yet there were a couple of things that led me to not want to hand this to a teenager; the book is without consequence and handles pretty serious matters much too casually. Some examples are when the best friend has a relationship with a teacher and then gets pregnant, oops, no big deal, we will just do a paternity test and hope it is not his because she happened to have slept with another guy ...
  • Suzanne
    The author really brought me back to my days as a 17 year old girl by reaching into the mind of Aden. The sarcastic look at the outside world, the insecurities, very real family dynamics, eclectic friendships, what it's like to feel a connection with the opposite sex and then second-guess everything about those feelings and yourself. Without revealing any spoilers, Aden definitely comes out on top which is a moment of pride for those of us adult ...
  • SandraK
    oh wow. this book is beautifully written and too true. the narrator/main character is edgy and real. if you're like me and have had a 'what is this' romance (to use a phrase from the book) that left you wondering if you were just crazy, this book is so affirming. honestly the book was equal parts painful and empowering. and totally delicious in ways that made me wish it would never ended. highly recommended :)
  • Rendz
    Me: Expects fluff.Book: Imma just leave this hardcore stuff for you right here.Me: Ouch.Solid read. RTC
  • Jaclyn
    Sweet and moving realistic YA. Starts off somewhat as an unrequited romance, but goes far beyond that. There's also:- coming to terms with grief - Aden is attracted to Tate partly b/c of his spirituality which makes her feel connected to her Jewish mother who passed away)- family - Aden, her brother Jon and their father have a somewhat loving but strained relationship, partly because they haven't come to terms with her mom's death, and her father...
  • Cindy
    I've been a YA fiction fan since before the genre actually existed. But every now and then I come across a special book that isn't just a fun read—it's like a tiny, potent time capsule, capturing just exactly the FEELING of being a teenager in all its confusing, awkward, painful, exhilarating glory. Jessie Hilb's THE CALCULUS OF CHANGE is one of those books. She's masterful at capturing those emotions: the consumingness of a crush, the angst of...
  • Misty
    3.75/5 starsI was expecting this to be a cosy romance full of clichés about the nerdy high school girl falling in love with the popular guy. But God was I wrong. It’s touching much more than that, and is deep on so many levels. It goes from body shaming, drug abuse, sexually assault and dealing with the loss of someone you love. This book is all about opening up about your feelings instead of hiding them inside and be happy with who you are as...
  • KayCee K
    The Calculus of Change by Jessie Hilb was refreshing. Yes, it's a YA Contemporary and yes it does have teen drama, but it's more than that. ..Overall, this was a strong read for me that brought both smiles and saddened too. Yes, it was filled with characters making bad choices but everyone makes bad choices, small or big and they all have an effect. The title of this book could be any better.Full review, with spoilers, will be live on my blog Feb...
  • Janette Lennon
    I was lucky to be passed an early copy of this one. Looked up the reviews here first and was intrigued. I read it in short bursts and felt amazed, sometimes frustrated. I often laughed out loud. Didn't know what to make of it but have decided it's genius. Definitely plenty of real life messy issues. PG-13. I would say I couldn't put the book down, but in reality I found myself closing it with my jaw dropped wondering how the author hit so close t...
  • Crystal♛
    Thank you to the publisher via netgalley for this arc. Wow. This book. It was way more than I expected. I was thinking this would be just a cute contemporary. But it is so much more than that. It is about loving yourself. Knowing your worth. Things will be okay no matter the mistakes you make. If someone doesn’t love you the way you deserve then you don’t need them. Everyone is beautiful in their own way. Once you learn to love yourself then ...
  • Kristin
    The Calculus of Change really resonated with me. The story chronicles the life of Aden and her relationships with others (living and departed), but most of the plot actually serves to show the relationship she has with herself. I loved the short chapters. It took me a little while to get used to the writing style (e.g. a prepositional phrase is often used to represent an entire sentence). However, once I let the story fully captivate me, the musi...
  • Heather Ezell
    The Calculus of Change struck me with its sharp honesty, gorgeous prose, and how true it portrays the pains of growing up. It doesn't sugar coat and it doesn't hold back. Aden feels so familiar and I found both myself and my friends within her story.
  • Rebecca
    Very good family/friendship relationship drama for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, etc. about falling in love with the wrong person and reconnecting broken families.
  • Nicole
    I was sent a physical ARC by Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.I’m not really sure how I feel about this book to be honest. One part of me likes it, another part of me doesn’t. And my feelings have been going on like this for over a week now. I guess I was expecting much more than I received. I expected a cutesy contemporary with boy meets girl, unrequited love, plus a mix of cheesy interactions between friends and family and t...
  • diana
    I expected this to be a light-hearted book with the usual teenage angst and swoony romance. Boy was I surprised when I got so much more than I anticipated. The Calculus of Change deals with a lot of real life, heavy issues. From drug abuse and sexual assault to teenage pregnancy and self-image, this book is thought-provoking with its raw honesty. Aden was an interesting character. I admit I didn't get her at first and found her quite annoying but...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    I'm really torn with this book. There are things I really like about it. I like the fact that it wasn't simple, it was about an ordinary but smart girl figuring out how to like and respect herself, and that the love interest wasn't automatically requited. That said, the internal monologue of her looking down on herself went on for most of the book and I wanted to see that change earlier. The other side characters were frustrating and everyone see...
  • Lauren
    Confession time: I'm a huge math nerd. When I was in high school and college, I would use math problems as a way to relax. There's just something so magical about the way numbers come together. Therefore, when I discovered Jessie Hilb's THE CALCULUS OF CHANGE, a 2018 debut that involved a character that loved math (i.e. a girl after my own heart!) I knew I had to have it! Going into THE CALCULUS OF CHANGE I was expecting a sweet, cutesy romance; ...
  • Sarah
    I received this from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Aden becomes romantically obsessed with Tate because of his newfound commitment to his religion. The two become study partners for calculus, but this relationship continues to grow into a deeper friendship and potentially more. However, Tate already has a girlfriend, who he wants to stay with. Aden is not the only one in her life who is experiencing issues related to love. Her fathe...
  • Maja Lisa
    Thanks to Clarion Books and Jessie Hilb for an ARC of this book.This is a hard book for me to rate. On one hand, I like that the author approached some big topics in a YA book. On the other hand, I don't think they were all presented with the amount of gravity that, in my opinion, they should have. Without getting into spoilers, here are some of my thoughts.PROs:-The writing is easy to read, clear, and keeps the story moving.-I believed the narra...
  • Nicole Strand
    This is a novel about grief, unrequited love, and becoming comfortable in your own skin.Aden isn't looking for love in her senior year. She's more focused on getting gigs and keeping her brother from getting high. But when Tate wearing a yarmulke walks into class, she is smitten instantly.The two develop a strong friendship. Complete with long drives and road soundtracks. Being around Tate and his faith makes her feel closer to her mother who pas...
  • Amber (Books of Amber)
    I don’t really have too much to say about this book because it failed to draw me in, which meant I ended up skimming most of it. My biggest issue with the book was that there was no draw for me. I just didn’t connect with the writing style, and I had no interest in the characters or the plot because of that.I also didn’t like the way the student/teacher relationship was dealt with in this book. The teacher wasn’t punished or fired or anyt...
  • Skyler
    Aden didn't plan on falling in love during her senior year of high school; what she planned on was getting good grades, and going to college. That was her plan until she met Tate. With Tate, Aden suddenly felt more alive than she's ever felt before, she doesn't feel sad about her mother's death, or mad at her father. She just feels good. That is until her heart gets broken. I really like how the book was written. It was all broken apart but at th...
  • Courtney
    There is a LOT of bad decision making in this book. More so then there really needs to be. Even with all the bad decision making I could have liked this book if our heroine who is rightly concerned about the bad decisions EVERYONE around her is making didn't think that getting drunk at parties and subsequently making bad decisions there was a good idea. She went with the plan to get drunk and make bad decisions. No one should plan drunken bad dec...
  • Laura Ellis
    I read it in one day and got lost in it. Aden's relationship with Tate and with her friends and family felt familiar to me. I laughed at how real some of the scenes are--that stuff really happens in high school! Aden spent so much of her time loving others; I was happy and inspired when she had the courage to love herself.
  • Becky
    For a more in-depth review watch: didn't want to fall in love with Tate but she did. She feel for him the moment he walked into their class wearing a yarmulke. The only problem is that Tate didn't fall in love with Aden. The two become fast friends, best friends, but Aden's feelings never waiver. Can she show Tate that the two of them should be together?"The Calculus of Change" is one of those books th...