A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen publishing for allowing me to read this early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
expected publication: november 6
What a fun contemporary! Although, contemporaries are usually always fun. There were so many positives in this book, it made my heart happy. Even though the MCs drove me a bit nuts at times with their really irritating teenage thought processes. But hey, teenagers of all ages drive me nuts. I think it’s because I’m old.
Like I said, this book has a lot of positives. One them is that Nora is huge into science and is all about advocacy for a variety of different things, like autism and tortoises. Which is amazing! So many girls don’t pursue science because it’s not “girly” or considered an appropriate career for women. So major shout out to the author, Christine Mandelski, for showing that girls can be into science and it’s completely okay. The side character, Abby, was also involved in science, which is another added bonus.
There was also really good representation of anxiety while driving. I know that it’s a bit of a minor thing but driving can be so anxiety inducing. I didn’t get my license until I was 18 years old because I was utterly terrified of driving. What Nora experiences while driving is a very real fear and I completely understand it.
The concept of the plot was very interesting. Nora is trying to find the right boy for her by kissing them and get hit with that spark, like her grandparents had. She has kissed a ton of guys and it made her a bit of social outcast at school, which is sad. But Nora is a scientist and is determined to get an answer to hypothesis.
Eli was the real star of the show. His POV was hilarious. He sounded like such a typical guy and it made me laugh! He knew when he was being a horrible person and (eventually) owned up to it. Plus, I love how much he loves his brother, Ari, who is on the spectrum.
Overall, this was a great read. Nora and Eli were hilarious, with Eli stealing the show. The concept, I think, was original and it was done very well. There was love and acceptance for girls involved in science and education on those on the autism spectrum. I couldn’t be more pleased with this book.