In this heartwarming and whip-smart YA spin on The Rosie Project, a teen girl is determined to prove that love, like all things, should be scientifically quantified…right?
Iris Oxtabee has managed to navigate the tricky world of unspoken social interactions by reading everything from neuroscience journals to Wikipedia articles. Science has helped her fit the puzzle pieces into an understandable whole, and she’s sure there’s nothing it can’t explain. Love, for example, is just chemistry.
Her best friend Seth, however, believes love is one of life’s beautiful and chaotic mysteries, without need for explanation. Iris isn’t one to back down from a challenge; she’s determined to prove love is really nothing more than hormones and external stimuli. After all, science has allowed humanity to understand more complex mysteries than that, and Iris excels at science.
The perfect way to test her theory? Get the popular and newly-single Theo Grant, who doesn’t even know Iris exists, to ask her to prom. With prom just two weeks away, Iris doesn’t have any time to waste, so she turns her keen empirical talents and laser-focus attention to testing her theory.
But will proving herself correct cause her friendship with Seth—and the tantalizing possibility for something more—to become the failed experiment?
Guest Review by Lynn Kellan:
This debut YA novel will put you smack dab in the middle of “prom season,” with all of the exciting, confusing, and sometimes heartbreaking drama that comes with first dates and first crushes. But this isn’t just a prom story—this is a story about a unique girl who is trying to figure out the whole dating-in-high-school thing, and her scientific take on human attraction taught me a few things I wish I’d known when I was seventeen. For that reason, I liked getting to know Iris Oxtabee. Her intellect finds a way to understand the world and her heart finds a way to love.
Now that spring season is here, it’s the perfect time to curl up in the sunshine and read this story about finding your perfect prom date. In the world created by author Ann LaBar, everyone finds a special someone—and that’s a wonderful thing!
Prom Theory is written in first-person and features the main character’s point of view throughout the book. Iris Oxtabee’s diary entries are also sprinkled throughout the story, and these sections contain short paragraphs written by her friend.