In her novel, A Mathmatical State of Grace, Cathy McGough pairs an awkward yet highly intelligent young teen girl with a super star jock and the result is a love story too sweet to pass up. Grace is a loveable, isolated yet sweet character whose crush on Vincente Marino, who is the opposite of Grace, is resolved early on to be wishful thinking on Grace’s part. The two live in separate worlds, Grace a mathematical genius with few friends and Vincente a jock with a beautiful and equally popular girlfriend. Vincente only notices Grace because she helps him with his math homework so that he can stay on the cricket team. It’s a sweet, enjoyable beginning to the inside of every young girls mind whose crushed on a boy that seems far out of reach.
The novel takes a slight twist when Grace is injured, at the hands of Vincente, and ends up in the hospital having lost her memory and possibly even at death’s door due to brain complications. Vincente, in his guilt, stays by Grace’s side at the hospital and becomes more of a dimensional character as we are introduced to his soft side.
The novel from there, takes a turn and enters into a science fiction like mode. Hardly explainable, Vincente and Grace find themselves lost in a world together which seems to have no way out. Left with no one, alone in the world, the two characters embark on a journey of survival. Their love story blossoms as they traverse this apocalypse type setting and it is very sweet to watch the characters develop deeper.
While I struggled as a reader to grasp the plot and the turn of events taking place I did find that the love story was comforting. It reminds readers that true love really can happen in the least expected ways, and that often times, love can bring out the best in us. I did not necessarily connect to the events or happenings in the story outside of the relationship between both main characters but am hoping that book two will bring some insight.
This would be a great read for anyone who enjoys science fiction, or for teen girls who are looking for a great love story. My recommendation however is that you really do need to read both books one and two as I was left without an understanding of anything that was really going on. Hoping to get book two and give a more insightful review! BUY BOTH BOOKS NOW!