[519]: Galgorithm by Aaron Karo

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GOODREADS SUMMARY | Simon Pulse | ARC, paperback 310 pp. | May 5, 2015 | Young Adult | Contemporary Romance | Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars


I like Hitch. Will Smith was funny and the advice he doled out made sense. It’s all about confidence, you see? And attitude. Respecting the object of one’s affection and a bit of hard work.  Shane was no Hitch though.

Shane is the dating guru of Kingsview High. Much like Hitch, he helps out socially inept boys who are clueless when it comes to dating. There is a science to it, or in this case, Algorithm.  It’s a formula he’d device to help out the geeks and nerds; the clueless and the hopeless.

I like the bare bones of the plot: Shane helps his peers get out into the world with some sage advice in girls, mannerisms, and fashion. His main goal is so that they’ll never have to suffer through what he went through in the hands of one cruel heartbreaker. There are usual teen hijinks and unlikely romances between what would’ve been impossible pairings in the real world. And yet somehow, it works. 

There are guys that needed to get their hearts broken a million times before learning the curve, but not Shane. It only took one, and unrealistically, he became an expert.  Shane is a smooth operator, suave for one who’d only ever experienced love once. He knows what to say to the ladies, and can anticipate their needs. He’s gained a reputation as a miracle worker. So much so that his Math teacher recruited him for help.

Books told in male’s perspective are rare in YA. Even rarer to find one that’s not quite as candid and enjoyable. In my experience, I’ve yet to find one that I didn’t like. Unfortunately, it sucks being inside Shane’s head. He didn’t have the right mix of pubescent maturity and ill-timed illumination that I find amusing in male POVs. Even his realization that he was in love with his best friend wasn’t convincing. I wasn’t convinced, and to be honest, they didn’t really have chemistry. 

It probably would’ve been sweeter to be in Jak’s head. She’s spunky; she’s got no filter which makes her even more hilarious. She’s the token best friend. They’ve been bffs since they were kidlets so they have a long history together. I like that she didn’t fall readily for ‘that guy’, even though it would only make sense.

Over all, Galgorithm was cute in some, but generally not that great of a read. I was really disappointed. If you’re looking for a quick, mindless read, this book is for you. But over all, I wasn’t impressed.

  • I like the idea of this book in the male POV, especially since it’s romance. I have a lot of female friends who prefer a male main character when reading yA first POV. I can’t say I’ve read a ton of books in the male POV since I mainly read romance it is indeed rare. Sorry to hear this one was a bust, but I may grab a copy just to see what I think! The idea sounds cute, sorry it didn’t pan out :/

  • A romance without chemistry would just disappoint me, no matter how funny or amusing the book may be. Sucks this book turned out that way. Thanks for sharing!!

  • I read a YA novel a few years ago that sounds like this one could have lifted the entire storyline from. What A Boy Wants. That one didn’t work for me either, but they sound like carbon copies. Both really could have benefited from a bit of humour in there, or better still to infuse a bit of Jak’s personality into the MC, he sounds like cardboard sadly. Sorry you couldn’t have enjoyed this more Joy, but wonderful review nonetheless <3

  • Aw, so sorry that this book was disappointing sweetie 🙁 That is never any fun. Ugh. Doesn’t sound like something for me, lol, but I do wish it had been better for you 🙂 Thank you for sharing about it Joy. <3

  • Maja (The Nocturnal Library)

    I know what you mean about male POV in YA. it’s rare, and it’s so rarely done right. So that part would surely be a disappointment for me too. But Hitch! Oh, man, I haven’t thought about that movie in ages, and it was so cute. I know it didn’t get the best reactiions, but I enjoyed it, so who cares?

  • I’m really interested to read through his POV. Like you’ve said it is rare to find a YA lit told in male POV – I still have yet to find one that I love. Great review & thanks for sharing!

  • Yup, this one sounds very similar to Hitched as you’ve compared. I did enjoy that movie, it was quite feel good in a sense. But there’s not many male perspectives I actually enjoy you know? So maybe that’s part of the reason why it doesn’t really speak to me here.

  • I agree about the “being in his head” thing. I didn’t find a HUGE issue with it, but I felt really detached. The love thing actually made me want to puke. Why can’t girls and guys just be friends? It’s a real thing, I swear! Guys and girls can be JUST FRIENDS. I was hoping I would see that in this book but alas.

  • Maybe if the author did dual POV’s , the lady love might have saved this for you

  • It’s true. You can’t be an expert at something that you’ve only experienced once. Well, in this case, a love guru. I loved Hitch, and being that Shane isn’t Hitch, this would disappoint me, too.

  • Oh that’s such a shame that this didn’t work for you. The novel sounds hilarious and I loved the Hitch. I may have a look at it in time but I think I won’t rush too it! Great review! 😀

  • Sorry this one was a disappointment for you Joy! I absolutely adored the movie Hitch, so when the comparison was made this book immediately went on my list. I do like the sound of Jak though, people with no filters always bring a smile to my face:)

  • Huh. I completely agree with I You. Guys should have their hearts broken at least a couple of times to even know what it feels like. So howwww in the world did this guy that’s only dated once have any experience?? And yesss, Hitch was my movie girl! 🙂

  • The premises of this kind of reminds me of the movie Hitched. Too bad the relationship aspect didn’t come off right because it did sound like it could have been a lot of fun.

  • It is never great when the main character’s head isn’t the best place to be. It does sound like this had potential. But, it sounds pretty unrealistic to me. I’ll give it a skip! Brilliant review though Joy! :]

  • It always sucks when relationships aren’t convincing enough. I hate when that happens but I need to feel the chemistry between the couple. It’s a shame because this could have been a fun read from the looks of it.
    Lovely review, Joy!

  • Ah too bad you weren’t that into the love interest, I didn’t know about this one but not sure I’ll try I confess.

  • Sounds fun enough, even if the chemistry was not that, so that sucks