The Theory of Unrequited by Len Webster
I don’t think I have the words to describe how much this book has settled into my soul and captured my heart. It’s like nothing I have ever read before … a story told in past and present, where the main characters are in a situation that is difficult, different and realistic and where I spent the whole book with my heart slowly breaking 💔 AJ … Alex … Alexandra … Alexi … this young woman just fascinated me. Her love for Evan. Her love for Evan’s brother Kyle. Her love for her parents (squeeeee **claps hands excitedly**). Her possible love for Connecticut 😉 I could see so much of myself in AJ – her uncertainty in some aspects of her life and her confidence in others; her ability to love who she is and yet hate what others think of her; her desire to please everyone (Evan) first and put herself last. I was in awe of her and yet in no way envious of the decisions she had to make to save herself from what she felt was inevitable heartbreak, from her unrequited love.
And let’s not forget Evan. Gosh I wanted to smack that poor boy in the head 😂😂 But with the best of intentions. I honestly feel like Len has done a brilliant job of representing an 18 year old young man who just hasn’t worked out life yet. And how could he – with non-existent parents and a famous brother, Evan has never felt like anyone’s world… and his best friend AJ has always been there for him so why would that change… until it does and it leaves him totally shattered.
Len gives us a story of growing up. Of two people who cannot be together until they learn who they are apart. Of love and heartache, of hope and hurt. And you won’t be able to put it down – and then you’ll get a cliffhanger that will have your jaw dropping and you desperately wishing for the next book!! And knowing that AJ and Evan still have three more books in their story means that this isn’t going to be an easy journey.
I can’t forget to mention the fabulous secondary characters who I fell in love with too – Kyle, Savannah, Connecticut 😉, AJ’s parents and her extended family. Len always ensures that the world in which her characters exist is whole and rich and feels so very real. And knowing we get to spend more time in this one has me super excited for the next three books.
The Theory of Unrequited is only the beginning and I cannot wait for more #AJandEvan — even if I suspect there’s going to be a lot of AJ … and … Evan 💙💔💙💔💙