The Calculation of You and Me

Dreamscape Audio. Jun. 2024. 920p. $45.95. ISBN 9798874752101.
Gr 9 Up–What began as a summer break solidifies into an official break-up on the first day of senior year. After two inseparable years, Josh dumps Marlowe, convincing her she isn’t “good at love.” Her mathematically inclined, neurodivergent mind reacts by attempting to formulate a foolproof solution to win him back. She convinces her AP English partner Ash that he needs to train her in romance—from writing heartfelt letters to cozy educational outings. Will reuniting with Josh still compute? The answers Marlowe seeks mean finally figuring out what she really wants. With her warm, slight southern twang, Willing immediately proves she’s ideally matched as “pathological people pleasing” Marlowe. She skillfully assays Marlowe’s orbit—entitled Josh, gently determined Ash, blunt BFFs Poppy and Odette, “delighted with her life” Ms. Chris, rebelling Blue, “perfect at being perfect” Momma.
VERDICT Author and narrator symbiotically solve for irresistible true love.

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