Review: The Code for Love and Heartbreak

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.

Emma is a coder, not a lover. In fact, she feels like math is more reliable than people. Now in her senior year, she’s got her eyes set on getting into Stanford University and along with her co-president, George, taking their coding club to win the states this year. So when her sister inadvertently gives her the idea to make an app for students to find their perfect match. After all, numbers have never failed her before, so why would they now?

For the most part I liked all the characters, and I especially like the growth of friendship between Emma and Jane because I honestly hated Jane in the beginning. Sam was a cutie, though I’m not a fan of how he sorta lead Emma on at first, even after he’d been matched with (and started dating) someone else for the testing part of their app. George had to be my favorite though, as he was so patient with Emma, despite getting frustrated at times. He was right to be though, in my opinion.

There were a lot of great characters and I could go on about each of them, but what I liked the most was the relationship between the coding club members. They were all different and had their own ideas and skills for the club, but also ended up a close-knit group of friends.

The story was one with a predictable outcome, but it was cute and I did enjoy reading it. The pacing was perfect and honestly it got right into the plot. There were a few moments where I was surprised at what was going on, like with the boys’ lacrosse team’s use for the Code For Love app (though honestly, not that surprised after reading it).

So yes, overall I did enjoy this book and would recommend it for anyone looking for a cute, quick read that is also an apparent modern retelling of Jane Austen’s Emma.

Rating: 3.5 stars

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