Let me first start out by stating that I was incredibly skeptical when I first started reading this book. An unprecedented amount of questions started running through my mind, including, but not limited to: Is there a real formula for guys to get girls to like them? How does a mathematical equation like that even exist? Is this going to be funny? It says the author is a comedian, so I really hope it will be funny. Is this going to be another one of those cheesy boy likes girl or girl likes boy and the feelings are not reciprocated until the end of the book story?
Let me first state that by reading this book all of those ridiculous questions are answered, and my expectations were blown out of the figurative water by Galgorithm. Because lets all be honest, I did not write my expectations on a piece of paper, set them in a body of water, and watch them explode while simultaneously reading Aaron Karo's novel.
I am not going to lie to you though, this book will impart no prophetical wisdom to you, nor will it challenge your mind and open your eyes to a new calling. But rather, it allows you to escape your own dramatic life, and allows you to experience the drama of a fictional reader while reading. Shane Chambliss is a teenager whose life keeps the drama and the excitement coming, especially after he decided to play cupid, and come up with a ‘galgorithm’, which helps boys attract the girl of their dreams.
This book was hilarious, and not just in the Funny, but I am not laughing kind of way. Think Laughing and people around you might think you are slightly insane kind of way. I am also a sucker for books with references to other books and movies, and Galgorithm brought just that to the table. How can a girl not love a hilariously funny YA novel with constant references to Harry Potter? Also, the the immense amounts of math jokes kept the story real, and something that you feel could really happen inside of a high school. These kinds of things in books make me think of “Fictional Characters; They’re Just Like Us!” articles in tabloids, though those are not real articles (but they totally should be).
Galgorithm was enjoyable, funny and entertaining. What more can one ask for? Well, maybe a unicorn if you are five. But that would be acting like the square root of two (irrational). And yes, that joke was taken from the book. And if you read it, you can be witness to all the amazing math jokes and puns as well!
Hannah is a 16-year-old bibliophile with dreams the size of a continent. She blogs at covertoocover.wordpress.com