Review: The Code for Love and Heartbreak

The Code for Love and Heartbreak


From bestselling author Jillian Cantor comes a smart, edgy update of Jane Austen’s beloved classic Emma.

Emma Woodhouse is a genius at math, but clueless about people. After all, people are unreliable. They let you down—just like Emma’s sister, Izzy, did this year, when she moved to California for college. But numbers…those you can count on. (No pun intended.)

Emma’s senior year is going to be all about numbers, and seeing how far they can take her. When she and George, her Coding Club co-president, are tasked with brainstorming a new project, The Code for Love is born—a matchmaking app that goes far beyond swiping, using algorithms to calculate compatibility. George disapproves of Emma’s idea, accusing her of meddling in people’s lives. But all the happy new couples at school are proof that the app works. At least at first.

Emma’s code is flawless. So why is it that perfectly matched couples start breaking up, the wrong people keep falling for each other and her own feelings defy any algorithm? Emma thought math could solve everything. But there’s nothing more complex—or unpredictable—than love. 

Rating: 5-stars


The Code for Love and Heartbreak by Jillian Cantor is amazing! For fans of To All The Boys I Loved Before, this is a must read. Inside, readers will find a female protagonist who isn’t looking for love at first and gets hit smacked with cupid’s arrow. Funny, charming, and heartfelt I could not put this novel down…it was addictive. At first, I wasn’t sure what to make of the story until Emma comes up with the app and starts to crush on the new guy.

It was then that she starts becoming more human and filled with emotions. Before, she was all about coding and her chances for college. But even as she navigates this new territory of feelings, crushes, and becoming more social aka having friends-Emma ends up finding herself and lives more. Before, she technically hid from most of the world. With her older sister leaving for a faraway college, her dad falling ill, and the tensions from the coding project-this girl has her hands full.

I enjoyed reading this tale. The cast of characters, big and small, made it more real. The emotional journey is epic. Overall, I definitely recommend not only to YA fans but to romantic comedy fans. I have never read a book by Jillian Cantor until now. I will definitely be looking out for more books by her in the future.

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