WARNING: This review contains mild spoilers. Read at your own risk!
Christina Lauren is known for their romances and that is why The Soulmate Equation has been at the top of my TBR list since it came out! It got so many good, raving reviews in the Bookstagram community.
The only other book I can compare it to by Christina Lauren is The Unhoneymooners. So… how did The Soulmate Equation stack up?
“Listen to this tagline: ‘Your future is already inside you.’ Wow.” She set the card down and leaned back, grinning. “‘Inside you’? Did anyone read that out loud first?”
“Single mom Jess Davis is a data and statistics wizard, but no amount of number crunching can convince her to step back into the dating world. Raised by her grandparents–who now help raise her seven-year-old daughter, Juno–Jess has been left behind too often to feel comfortable letting anyone in. After all, her father’s never been around, her hard-partying mother disappeared when she was six, and her ex decided he wasn’t “father material” before Juno was even born. Jess holds her loved ones close, but working constantly to stay afloat is hard…and lonely.
But then Jess hears about GeneticAlly, a buzzy new DNA-based matchmaking company that’s predicted to change dating forever. Finding a soulmate through DNA? The reliability of numbers: This Jess understands. At least she thought she did, until her test shows an unheard-of 98% compatibility with another subject in the database: GeneticAlly’s founder, Dr. River Pena. This is one number she can’t wrap her head around, because she already knows Dr. Pena. The stuck-up, stubborn man is without a doubt not her soulmate. But GeneticAlly has a proposition: Get to know him and we’ll pay you. Jess–who is barely making ends meet–is in no position to turn it down, despite her skepticism about the project and her dislike for River. As the pair are dragged from one event to the next as the “Diamond” pairing that could make GeneticAlly a mint in stock prices, Jess begins to realize that there might be more to the scientist–and the science behind a soulmate–than she thought.”
Read This If You Love…
- Romantic comedies
- Nerdy things
- Enemies to lovers trope
- Family drama
“I generally want to commit a felony when I see him,” Jess said, a butter knife held in front of her. “I’m not sure that’s a sign of romantic compatibility.”
Real talk: what saved this book from a three star rating are the characters and the fact that I love an enemies to lovers trope. The plot was just so-so for me. I found myself kind of bored more than I would like to admit. I really wish this book held my attention better than it actually did, but I often found myself skimming the pages instead of really reading some.
Another thing I struggled with is just how realistic this plot was… a DNA-based matchmaking app? When I read that, my thoughts were, “for real…?” I find it incredibly far-fetched and I know tons of you are like, “Kayla, it’s just a book!” That is true, but I prefer my romances a bit more realistic.
But these characters… My favorite ones are definitely Fizzy, Jess’ best friend, and Juno, who is Jess’ daughter.
Fizzy is that crazy best friend that every tame soul needs. She’s hilarious, free-spirited, and authentic.
Juno is a very insightful seven year old who says the funniest things and manages to tug on the reader’s heartstrings.
The Soulmate Equation was still so funny and witty, as is tradition in Christina Lauren books.
In addition to that, I love the love demonstrated here. Not just the love between River and Jess… but also the type of friendship love between Jess and Fizzy; the family love between Jess and her grandparents; and especially the love River develops for Juno, kind of fatherlike.
Now did I enjoy this book as much as the Unhoneymooners? Nope. I gave The Unhoneymooners five paws.
I give The Soulmate Equation four out of five paws.
Overall, you should definitely read this book just for something new. A creative (and a bit nerdy) plot to bring two enemies together, unique characters including a single mom, and a really cute seven year old girl. This book just makes me more excited to continue reading Christina Lauren books!