Published by Entangled: Crush on November 6, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, contemporary, Romance
Source: eARC from Publisher
Reading Challenges: 2017 New Release Challenge, Contemporary Romance 2017 Reading Challenge
Nora Reid believes scientific laws control everything, even love. With her grandparents’ epic first kiss story cemented in her brain, Nora develops a hypothesis she’s determined to prove: for each person in the world, there is exactly one other person, and at first kiss, they’ll experience an immediate and intense reaction.
But after four years of zero-reaction kisses, she comes up with a new theory: maybe that pesky crush on her stunningly hot best friend Eli Costas is skewing her results.
She needs to get rid of him, and fast.
Eli Costas is an injury-prone lacrosse star with a problem—the one chance he had at winning over the girl next door resulted in the most epically sucktastic first kiss ever. And now she’s…trying to get rid of him? Hell no. It’s time to disprove her theory and show her exactly what she’s missing.
Disclaimer: This book contains a stunningly hot lacrosse player who isn’t above playing dirty to win over the stubborn girl-next-door of his dreams.
The Fist Kiss Hypothesis by Christina Mandelski is a young adult standalone romance. I have started and stopped several young adult contemporary romances lately. I just haven’t been able to click with the characters or the plot…or something (I think because I have been on such a fantasy kick) but all of that changed the moment I picked up The Fist Kiss Hypothesis. I LOVED this novel. Like, really loved it. I loved the characters, I loved the romance, I loved the plot. All of it just worked for me. I could not stop smiling while reading The Fist Kiss Hypothesis, which is always a good sign.
The Fist Kiss Hypothesis is the story of next door neighbors, and best friends, Nora and Eli. They have both had a crush on each other for a while, but Nora has totally written Eli off because he failed her The Fist Kiss Hypothesis. You see, Nora is a scientist and because her grandma said she knew right from the moment she met her grandpa that he was it for her, Nora thinks that she can tell whether or not the guy will be the one based on their first kiss. So she goes on a kissing spree, and poor Eli was the first test back when they were pre-teens. Bad kiss= friendzoned Eli.
Eli is the best! He is really the best guy. I loved how good of a friend he is to Nora. He is always looking out for her. And he is seriously so sweet. I want Eli all for myself. Which is why he is making my top book boyfriends of 2017 list. I loved Nora as well, but Nora and Eli together, well that was magic. I was rooting for them right from the start. Yes, Nora’s logic was faulty. Yes, it is clear as day that Eli and Nora were into each other, but it didn’t matter. Their story was so cute, I didn’t want to miss an instant of it. I flew through this book, and I didn’t want it to end.
Bottom line: If you are a fan of cute best friends romances, The Fist Kiss Hypothesis is one you will not want to miss. Honestly, I am kind of shocked it doesn’t have a higher goodreads rating. This book is an easy 5 star read for me! The Fist Kiss Hypothesis is one of the best young adult contemporary romances I have read all year, and Eli is one of my favorite book boyfriends. I can’t recommend this book enough if you are looking for a cute read that is sure to put a smile on your face.
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