#YAReaderWeek Throwback Thursday with Shannon Lee Alexander

Today, I am thrilled to host Shannon Lee Alexander. I am so excited to read her book Love and Other Unknown Variables. It’s getting amazing buzz!! And don’t forget to enter the raffle for a chance to win a ton of free books!

 Throwback Thursday

Love and Other Unknown Variables is a heartbreaking story of first love. Reviewers repeatedly mention the need for tissues. While I didn’t set out to write a tearjerker, I guess it makes some sense, since my favorite books have always been the books that make me both laugh and cry.

For Throwback Thursday, I thought it’d be fun to take a look back at the top 10 books that have made me ugly cry over the years (listed in the order I read them).


1. Bridge to Terabithia
2. Where the Red Fern Grows
3. To Kill a Mockingbird
4. The Color Purple
5. Harry Potter (I started crying in book three and never really stopped)
6. The Book Thief (Not pictured because my husband loaned it to someone and it never came back. What’s the saying? If you love something, set it free…Come back, Book! I love you!)
7. A Monster Calls
8. Me Before You
9. Eleanor & Park
10. Wonder

I’d love to see your top 10 picks for the Ugly Cry awards! Post them on Instagram, tag me at WandertheWords, and use the #LoveandOtherUnknownVariables hashtag. I’ll pick a winner at random to win an Ugly Cry care package (complete with $5 Amazon gift card to buy another heartbreaking book)!

Love and Other Unknown Variables releases from Entangled Publishing October 7, 2014.

Charlie Hanson has a clear vision of his future. A senior at Brighton School of Mathematics and Science, he knows he’ll graduate, go to MIT, and inevitably discover the solutions to the universe’s greatest unanswerable problems. He’s that smart. But Charlie’s future blurs the moment he reaches out to touch the tattoo on a beautiful girl’s neck.new Love and Other Uknown Variables 1600x2400

The future has never seemed very kind to Charlotte Finch, so she’s counting on the present. She’s not impressed by the strange boy pawing at her until she learns he’s a student at Brighton, where her sister has just taken a job as the English teacher. With her encouragement, Charlie orchestrates the most effective prank campaign in Brighton history. And in doing so, he puts his own future in jeopardy.

By the time he learns Charlotte is ill—and that the pranks were a way to distract Ms. Finch from Charlotte’s illness—Charlotte’s gravitational pull on Charlie is too great to overcome. Soon he must choose between the familiar formulas he’s always relied on, or the girl he’s falling for (at far more than 32 feet per second).

To preorder Love and Other Unknown Variables, click here.

Shannon Lee Alexander is a wife and mother (of two kids and one yellow terrier named Harriet Potter). She is passionate about coffee, books, and cancer research. Math makes her break out in a sweat. Love and Other Unknown Variables is her debut novel. She currently lives in Indianapolis with her family.


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