Love Is Both Wave and Particle

Love Is Both Wave and Particle

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In this love story set in Ithaca, New York, at an alternative high school whose two requirements for admission are academic excellence and psychiatric disability, a boy and girl work on their year-long senior project to write their life stories as informed by the points-of-view of people who have known them throughout their lives.
Publisher: New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2017
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781626726888
Branch Call Number: CODY
Characteristics: 311 pages ; 22 cm

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SurreyLibraries_Teens Apr 09, 2018

“Love is Both Wave and Particle” by Paul Cody, is a tough read which requires your undivided attention. The chapters are written in the point of view of different characters, some of which were not introduced, so it took a while before the character’s relation to the two main characters became cl... Read More »


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“Love is Both Wave and Particle” by Paul Cody, is a tough read which requires your undivided attention. The chapters are written in the point of view of different characters, some of which were not introduced, so it took a while before the character’s relation to the two main characters became clear. The author’s style of writing made it hard to know if someone was speaking or not, as the dialogue is not written in quotations. The plot was very slow and did not leave me wanting to keep reading. The romance between Sam and Levon, the two main characters, is the only thing the story had going for it. It didn’t feel like a young adult read, more of a mature reader’s pick.

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Sam and Levon attend a special school for intelligent, yet troubled teenagers. One day, a teacher of theirs decides to pair them up for a secret project that will last throughout the entire school year. Their task is to write a biography on their life and past experiences. While collaborating on the project, they get to know each other and become friends. Soon enough, their friendship begins to flourish into something more.

One thing that really took away from this book is that it’s told from way too many different perspectives, so it becomes confusing and hard to follow. There were 16 different points of view throughout the book. SIXTEEN. It was incredibly difficult to understand the plot line when you’re trying to figure out who is narrating the chapter. Even though Sam and Levon were the main characters, their perspectives weren’t shown as much as I would have liked. The side characters POV’s were highlighted more often and because of this, I couldn’t connect to any of the characters and didn’t find most of them likeable. The actual plot of the story was evident in the beginning, but became obscured and unclear in the middle of the book.

This book was very slow paced and there weren’t that many memorable scenes. Another thing that bothers me about the book is the lack of quotation marks around the dialogue; it was often difficult to distinguish who was speaking without them.

Overall, I think the idea behind the book was good, but the execution had several flaws that made it arduous to get through. -Shae-Lynn

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