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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Review | Beginner's Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions by Six de los Reyes

Summary

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Falling in love is a chemical reaction.

Just ask Kaya Rubio, twenty-five year-old Molecular Genetics graduate student and research assistant. Fed up with her spinster aunts' relentless reminders and unsolicited advice regarding her Single Since Birth status, she designs a scientific, evidence-based methodology to find her a suitable partner in time for her cousin's wedding. As any good scientist knows, any valid experimental design requires a negative control. Enter the most unsuitable candidate for a potential boyfriend: the messy, easygoing, café owner Nero Sison. Her null hypothesis? Going out with Nero would establish her baseline data without catalyzing the chemical reaction she seeks.

But when Kaya's recorded results refuse to make sense, she is forced to come to the conclusion that there are some things in life that are simply, by nature, irrational and illogical. And that sometimes, chemistry doesn't always happen inside a lab

Review

Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions by Six de los Reyes is like that super smart girl at work you’re scared to make friends with but who turns out to be funny, relatable, and kind of awkward. In book form.

It took me a while to pick up this book, because I found all the science stuff intimidating. When I finally started reading it during Christmas vacation, I wanted to smack myself for waiting so long. Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions is beyond amazing. It’s everything I never knew I wanted in a book.

Kaya is one of the most unique characters I’ve ever come across. She breaks life down into processes and chemicals and experiments, things I struggled to understand. It’s no wonder I thought I couldn’t relate to her at first.

But when her spinster aunts started bugging her about her lack of a significant other at a family event? OHMYGOD. It was like I was reading a page ripped right out of my life. Soon, I found myself nodding along to certain passages, ones about how difficult it can be to be overly enthusiastic about something but the rest of the world doesn’t care. How it feels to drown in social situations and not know how to swim your way out of it. Isn’t it wonderful how fiction holds up a mirror and lets us see ourselves?

The OTP was definitely my favorite part of the book. I love it when the Love Interest gives little signs that he likes the Main Character, but she doesn’t have a clue, not because she’s too stupid to live but because she doesn’t have the required social skills to determine if he’s flirting with her or not. I squealed in delight every time Nero gave Kaya a compliment and it flew right past her head. I wanted to scream, “Look! He just said he thinks you’re pretty. Process this!”

SO. FUN.

I give 5 out of 5 starts to Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions. It’s a great read about how we can never predict or control love, no matter how much we try or how much scientific data we have on our hands.

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