Blog tour: The Theory of (Not Quite) Everything

Welcome to the blog tour for The Theory of (Not Quite) Everything by Kara Gnodde!

More about the book…

Like circles of a Venn diagram, Mimi and Art Brotherton have always come as a pair. Devoted siblings, they're bound together in their childhood home by the tragic death of their parents.

Art believes that people - including his sister - are incapable of making sensible decisions when it comes to love. That’s what algorithms are for.

Mimi knows that her brother is a mathematical genius. But she believes that maths isn’t the answer to everything. Not quite. Especially when it comes to love.

Still, when Mimi begins her search for a soulmate, Art's insistence that she follow a strict mathematical plan seems reasonable. The arrival of Frank, however - a romantic stargazer who is definitely not algorithm-approved - challenges the siblings' relationship to breaking point. As their equilibrium falters, Art's mistrust of Frank grows, but so do Mimi's feelings. Something about Frank doesn't quite add up, and only Art can see it…

More about the author…

Kara Gnodde (pronounced “Nodder”) grew up in Johannesburg on a diet of Dr. Seuss and no television.

After working in advertising for Saatchi & Saatchi in London and living in Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore, she settled in the UK, where she lives with her husband and their three children.

This, her debut novel, was inspired by a radio program about a math problem that could change the world.

My impressions…

There is so much more to this book than meets the eye. At first, I thought this would be a fun and breezy read but it turned out to be darker than I had anticipated. Exploring grief and the complex nature of sibling relationships, this is a tender novel about different forms of love. I enjoyed the mystery element of the story too, and the short chapters, narrated from the points of view of both Mimi and Art, made me not want to put the book down!

Three words to describe it. Emotional. Unique. Engrossing.

Do I like the cover? I love it! The colours, the concept… it’s a perfect fit!

Have I read any other books by the same author? No, this is a debut novel and I’m looking forward to what comes next.


  1. Thanks for the blog tour support x

  2. Thank you so much for a lovely review Sylvia! Kara x


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