Publisher: Hodder Children’s Books (4 July 2013)
When her beloved boyfriend Huck dies, Eloise is wrecked. The ultimate golden couple, she will never find love as perfect ever again. But then Eloise begins to unravel her ‘perfect’ relationship and finds she has questions. And so, angry and sad, she texts Huck’s phone as if he can receive her messages from beyond the grave.
She never expected to get a reply …
Dan is travelling Spain in one last hurrah before uni and real life kick in. He’s ready for love, but not of the casual kind. He’s not met a girl that’s set his world alight. But he’s ready for her when she decides to make an appearance.
One night on his travels, Dan discovers an abandoned phone.
He pockets it, then forgets about it.
He never expected it to ring …
Love is a Number begins with a prologue. Eloise is reflecting on how she felt when her grandma died when she was in junior school.
Chapter One we find out that Daniel is now in Madrid with mates Syd and Jamal. We find out how Dan feels about relationships. They re-meet up with a couple of lads they met in Granada last week. Lads that are suave, sophisticated and very charismatic … everything that Dan and his mates are not. An event causes Dan’s mates to return home but he decides to stay on.
Next, we’re with Eloise. It’s two weeks after Huck’s death and we spend time with her and her grief and how it is in her world with her family and friends. Eloise is a girl who simply, has (or rather had) it all. She’s become her mother’s ‘project’ and admits to arrogance. Since the age of 8 her mother has chosen her wardrobe and her friends.
Alternating chapters are narrated in the first person by our two main characters. Dan is getting involved in a community in Spain and Eloise is coming to the realisations that her relationship with Huck isn’t as great as it was on the surface.
Seemingly total opposites with their social backgrounds as well as personalities, we journey with Dan as he starts building belief in himself, finding out who he is and what he wants from a relationship while with Eloise, she’s peeling back the illusion to find the girl she used to be – the person that become buried under her mother’s emotionless snobbery.
What I really liked about this YA romance is that the main characters don’t meet until quite near the end of the story. Even with Eloise texting the phone Dan has, he doesn’t reply until we’re quite a way into the story, although there is a connection between them that neither know about…
Love is a Number is a refreshing romance and one that YA readers will love.
I would like to thank the publishers for providing a proof copy in exchange for an honest review.
Find out more about Lee Monroe on Hatchette Children’s Books author page