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Love and Other Theories

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If you want more, you have to give less. 

That’s the secret to dating in high school. By giving as little as they expect to get in return, seventeen-year-old Aubrey Housing and her three best friends have made it to the second semester of their senior year heartbreak-free. And it’s all thanks to a few simple rules: don’t commit, don’t be needy, and don’t give away your heart. 

So when smoking-hot Nathan Diggs transfers to Lincoln High, it shouldn’t be a big deal. At least that’s what Aubrey tells herself. But Nathan’s new-boy charm, his kindness, and his disarming honesty throw Aubrey off her game and put her in danger of breaking the most important rule of all: Don’t fall in love. 

  “Careful, subtle and aching. ” –Kirkus Reviews (starred review) 

“Warning: Bass’s debut novel will ignite ALL your feelings!” -Wendy Higgins, New York Times bestselling author of the Sweet Evil trilogy 

“I loved LOVE AND OTHER THEORIES. Alexis Bass writes a compelling critique of the ways society expects girls to behave in their relationships, the lies girls tell each other–and themselves–to keep from getting hurt, and, when all is said and done, how only the heart knows the truth.” – Kristin Halbrook, author of Nobody But Us and co-founder of YA Highway 

“Alexis Bass masterfully captures all the complexities of high school relationships. A lovely debut.” – Amanda Maciel, author of Tease 

“A bold debut that authentically captures the frenzy of love, lust, and senior year of high school!” -Julie Murphy, author of Side Effects May Vary 

Love and Other Theories challenged my assumptions, dared me to think differently and burrowed into my heart. A heart-achingly beautiful story about whether it is better to protect your heart or to take the biggest risk of all.” -Daisy Whitney, author of The Mockingbirds 

“In her debut novel, Bass provides honest, incisive, and sometimes uncomfortable insights into the complicated intersections of friendship and romance, the ways sex can be wielded as a weapon, and the measures some teens take to protect themselves from pain.” —Publishers Weekly 

“Bass’s debut is an entertaining perspective on the battlefield of the teen dating world.” —Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA) 

Also available as an audio-book. Listen to a sample here.      

Love and Other Theories Book Club Discussion Guide 

Foreign publishers include: AST (Russia) and Kilavuz (Turkey).       


What's Broken Between Us

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Alexis Bass’s heartbreakingly beautiful second novel is a tale of love, loss, and learning to forgive. 

Look to the left, look to the right. We’re all going to die. But someone has to do it first. So who’s it going to be? 

A year and a half ago, Amanda Tart’s brother got behind the wheel drunk and killed his best friend. Today, he’s coming home from prison. Amanda’s been the one living with the fallout, made worse by her brother’s recent unapologetic TV interview. People think he’s a monster. Still, she loves him. It’s her dark secret, until she starts getting close to Henry again–whose sister is paralyzed from the accident. 

A year and a half ago, her brother destroyed his life. Now Amanda has to decide if she’ll let his choice destroy hers. 

“Rather than placing judgments, Bass focuses on her characters’ emotional scars and strained relationships as they quietly grieve lost life and innocence.” – Publisher’s Weekly 

“This well-done realistic novel presents an honest look at the aftermath of bad decisions. VERDICT: Hand this to fans of Lurlene McDaniel and Simone Elkeles; purchase where realistic YA fiction is in demand.” – School Library Journal  

“There is no “problem of the week” movie ending, reconciliation, or redemption, but life asserts itself and change occurs…it is, in varying degrees, what many students are trying to navigate. Readers who gravitate towards more somber realistic fiction will enjoy traveling Amanda’s road with her.” – VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates)