Chemistry Lessons (Paperback)
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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?
About the Author
Meredith Goldstein has written Love Letters, The Boston Globe’s relationship advice column, for more than 10 years. She also writes feature stories and hosts the Globe's popular Love Letters podcast. Meredith’s books include Chemistry Lessons, The Singles, Can’t Help Myself: Lessons and Confessions From a Modern Advice Columnist. Meredith was born in New Jersey, raised in Maryland, and lives in Boston with a carnival-size cotton candy machine.
"Recommended purchase for a library with a romance fiction following, especially those who can’t get enough of Sarah Dessen."—School Library Journal
"Maya is a clever, funny, and endearing heroine."—Booklist
"The story holds appeal for readers who love romantic reads, but it will also draw the more studious groups who will readily identify with Maya."--VOYA
"Fun, quirky details give this story and its characters a boost."--Kirkus
"There is an intriguing premise at the heart of this romance, and Goldstein provides greater emotional weight as Maya comes to better understand her own grieving process and gain insight into the organic ebbs and flows of authentic love."--Publishers Weekly