The Code for Love and Heartbreak – Book Review

Who doesn’t love a good retelling?

Title: The Code for Love and Heartbreak
Author: Jillian Cantor
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publication Date: October 6th
Ratings: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5

Goodreads Summary:

From bestselling author Jillian Cantor comes a smart, edgy update of Jane Austen’s beloved classic Emma.

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.

4.5 stars

This was so fun! When I think of an Emma retelling my automatic go to is, of course, Clueless. I had fun following the story and characters in regards to their correlating character or sequence in Clueless. Obviously, not everything adds up, but it was really entertaining. I loved having the coding aspect be such a huge and important plot point of the story. It was such a unique way to modernize Emma and present the story to a new audience.

It could have been really easy to have made Emma a stuck up know-it-all who bosses everyone around, but she actually took people’s comments and points of view into consideration a lot. She was stubborn and strong in her convictions especially when it comes to love, but you could always feel the softness and care she felt for George. Can we talk about George? What a guy! Probably one of the most upstanding, understanding, and patient love interests I’ve read in a long time.

I highly recommend this sweet contemporary.

ARC was provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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