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Book Review: Chemistry Lessons ARC by Meredith Goldstein
Published by HMH Teen
Release Date: June 19, 2018
YA Contemporary Romance Fiction, 245 pages
For seventeen-year-old Maya, the equation for happiness is simple: a dream internship at MIT + two new science nerd friends + a perfect boyfriend = one amazing summer. Then Whit dumps her out of the blue. Maya is miserable until she discovers that her scientist mother, before she died, was conducting research on manipulating pheromones to enhance human attraction. If Maya can finish her mother’s work, maybe she can get Whit back. But when her experiment creates chaos in her love life, she realizes that maybe love and loss can’t be understood using the scientific method. Can she learn to trust the unmeasurables of love and attraction instead?
I received this book from HMH teen at Yallwest this year and have mixed feelings on how I feel about it after reading.
My Summary: It was a cute story about finding yourself during that last summer between high school and college and followed the protagonist Maya. I was expecting a storyline based around science, hence “Chemistry Lessons”, but that wasn’t really the case. It had science involved with the story but was more secondary to the love story(s).
Maya’s relationships with pretty much everyone around her was explored, and in depth. Her passed mother was the main relationship that was focused on, as it was her experiment that Maya was continuing. As well, the relationship she had with her mother’s old partner was a dysfunctional one, and the relationship with her best friend Bryan were just a couple of other relationships explored.
The experiment ‘of love’ involved three different guys and was quite unethical in my opinion. I felt like the whole experiment was for her, and her love life only. Not for the good of the science, which was pretty disappointing. I wasn’t overly attached to any of the boys, and I don’t think any were swoon worthy.
What I did like was Maya’s best friend Bryan. He was funny at times, and a breath of fresh air in this novel. This book was well written and easy to read, and Maya was smart, I’ll give her that. However, the dialogue didn’t really jump out at me, and I would have liked more development with Maya’s character.
I didn’t particularly like this novel, and I didn’t really hate it either, my feelings were somewhere in between. Overall, I read this book in a day and give it 3/5 stars.
Thank you for reading! This was a cute and fast read.