Review: The Pool Theory by Alexa Nazzaro

18146146 Genre: YA Contemporary
Published: June 19, 2013 by Two Pigeons Press
Length: 237 pages
Source: Two Pigeons Press (ARC)

After years of feeling like a loser, fifteen year old Kye Penton finally has it made. With his new friend, Julian, and the cutest girl in English class by his side, it looks like his days of being a social outcast are ancient history. Until Annie Cooper shows up: pregnant and claiming the baby is his. Kye’s life quickly unravels as he’s pulled into a nightmare bigger than any bullying he has ever survived.

A contemporary novel that doesn’t shy away from the dark side of adolescence, The Pool Theory is an honest depiction of what it means to live out the so-called best years of your life when all you want to do is disappear off the face of the earth.


When I read the title of the book, I thought it was going to be some paranormal or mystery book, but when I began reading it, I was surprised that it was a contemporary book. I am very glad that it is a contemporary book and the story turned out awesome. It’s told in a male point of view (Kye) and it was interesting reading in a male perspective. If you’re looking for a book to read that has a male protagonist telling the story, you should definitely check this out.

At first, Kye is a character that isn’t really my cup of tea. He is a sophomore and if I were to go to the same school as him, I’d probably not talk to him and wish he’d fail all of his tests lol. But as the story progresses, I love how he began to change and realized that he has a big responsibility because he got his ex-girlfriend pregnant. I also liked Annie’s character who is Kye’s ex-girlfriend. You can really see how she struggles on how she was going to tell her parents she was pregnant, how she’s going to deal with the baby, and how she is going to confront Kye and her classmates.

Besides the characters, I also love the writing style. It was just so smooth and author Alexa Navarro did a fantastic job in writing a book with a male protagonist telling the story. Overall this book was just wonderful. While it was an entertaining read, there is also a moral lesson. It was just interesting to read on how Kye and Annie will tell their parents, friends, and the school what they are going through. It was such an emotional read and I recommend it mostly to YA Contemporary lovers.

4 of 5

4 Responses to “Review: The Pool Theory by Alexa Nazzaro”

  1. 1 Jeann @ Happy Indulgence January 24, 2014 at 5:32 PM

    Lovely review Leigh, glad to hear the author was able to convey an emotional topic well through a male perspective. Sounds like it was a good read!

  2. 3 Pamela D January 24, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    This sounds like an interesting read. I like the idea of seeing how the guy handles discovering that his ex-girlfriend is pregnant. Usually these types of stories are told from the girl’s POV.

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