on April 9, 2015
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Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Elements of Chemistry, part 1
What’s the worst that could happen?
Kaitlyn Parker has no problem being the invisible girl, which is why she finds herself hiding in various cabinets and closets all over her college campus. Despite her best efforts, she can’t escape the notice of Martin Sandeke—bad boy, jerkface bully, and the universe’s hottest, wealthiest, and most unobtainable bachelor—who also happens to be Kaitlyn’s chemistry lab partner.
Kaitlyn might be the only girl who isn’t interested in exploiting his stunning rower’s build, chiseled features, and family's billionaire fortune. Kaitlyn wants Martin for his brain, specifically to tabulate findings of trace elements in surface water.
When Kaitlyn saves Martin from a nefarious plot, Martin uses the opportunity to push Kaitlyn out of her comfort zone: spring break, one week, house parties, bathing suits, and suntan lotion. Can she overcome her aversion to being noticed? Will he be able grow beyond his self-centered nature? Or, despite their obvious chemistry, will Martin be the one to drive Kaitlyn into the science cabinet of obscurity for good?
5 Bunsen Burner Stars!
This was my first ever Penny Reid book after many, many recommendations from friends and blog mates. Now I finally know what all the fuss is about! I absolutely fell in love with her writing style and characters. She has a remarkable way of making you connect and actually feel like YOU are the character. I knew nothing about this book going into it other than it looked science-y based on the cover. I didn’t even read the blurb. I had no idea it was college NA, which I had basically stopped reading and given up on, by the way. Elements of Chemistry didn’t contain the usual cliches I’ve become accustomed to from this genre. This story was refreshing, witty, and filled with depth.
I absolutely adore Kaitlyn! She is quirky, nerdy, funny, and somewhat socially awkward. However, she has a self-confidence about her that makes her a strong protagonist and not a doe-eyed mousey girl. Kaitlyn is one of the most relatable heroines I have ever read.
“For the love of Bunsen, please put your pants back on!”
While Kaitlyn is the stay out of trouble and always studying kind of girl, Martin on the other hand, is the stereotypical all-American, rich, athletic, college frat boy or so it would seem. Kaitlyn and Martin have been lab partners for two semesters and secretly crushing on each other. When Martin makes Kaitlyn an offer, she tries to refuse, but it doesn’t quite work out that way. I think there’s much more depth to Martin’s character, and even though I’m really angry with him at this point, I can’t wait to get to know him better as the series continues.
‘I was starting to understand why the blood of a thousand virgins had been sacrificed at his altar of sexual prowess.’
My only complaint with this book is that it ended. I’m impatient to know what’s going to happen next. Can’t wait! If you adore witty and brilliantly written characters, then I think you will love this book too. If you are a Big Bang Theory fan, then you’ll definitely get this book and love it!
Welp, it’s official! I have the biggest girl crush on Penny Reid. I want to take her out for a glass of wine and pick her brilliant and nerdy brain!! This book was smart, emotional, fun, quirky, swoony and just plain good!! I enjoyed the hell of it from the first page to the last. Penny writes great heroines and for me, that’s a major book turn on. I can’t wait for more from book 2!! EEEEEK!!