Published by HMH Books for Young Readers on June 19, 2018
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, contemporary
Source: Finished Hardcover from Publisher
From advice columnist Meredith Goldstein, a dazzling, romantic, and emotionally resonant YA debut about a teen science whiz in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who tries to crack the chemical equation for lasting love and instead wreaks havoc on herself and the boys in her life.
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?
Chemistry Lessons is a young adult contemporary romance by Meredith Goldstein. Chemistry Lessons is one of those books that I knew right off the bat I was destined to like. The summary just kept checking off all my boxes. Scientist main character that wants to find a formula for love. Check! Lots of experiments with pheromones and guys. Check check! a cute romance. triple check! Chemistry Lessons was an adorable read that was a lot of fun. This is the first book I have read from author Meredith Goldstein, but I would love to see more young adult or new adult from her.
Chemistry Lessons is the story of our main character, Maya. At the start we see Maya get dumped, but she is determined not to let her summer go to waste, and she immediately tried to continue her mom’s old research on pheromones and human attraction. (did I mention this storyline is a hit for me?!) Maya initially starts out with the purpose of getting her ex boyfriend back, but along the way she stumbles on to lots of guys. Chemistry Lessons was mostly a journey for Maya herself. It is so easy to forget how young Maya is because of how smart she is, but what I loved most about her is that even though she is science wizard, she is also just a teenager. And she acted very age appropriate, which made her summer of science and love experiments even more fun to read about and experience along with her.
My only complaint about Chemistry Lessons is that I wasn’t crazy about the ending. I know this kind of ending will not be for everyone, but that some people will really love it. Generally, this type of ending(spoiler here) View Spoiler »an open ended ending vs. a neatly wrapped up happily ever after « Hide Spoiler is not normally my cup of tea. And while I didn’t hate the ending, it certainly wasn’t what I wanted. But the book and Maya were enjoyable enough that it didn’t take away too much of my overall enjoyment. Chemistry Lessons was still a very fun read.
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