Chemistry Lessons by Meredith Goldstein

Chemistry Lessons

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 ...

Details Chemistry Lessons

TitleChemistry Lessons
Release DateJun 19th, 2018
PublisherHMH Books for Young Readers
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Fiction

Reviews Chemistry Lessons

  • Stacee
    I really liked this synopsis, so I was pretty eager to get to it. Maya is a decent character. She’s smart and even though she’s heartbroken, she has good intentions. Sadly, those intentions didn’t translate to character growth. I get that the experiment was important; however, she was quite careless when it came to the feelings of others. Plot wise, it was sort of boring. I didn’t see the appeal of the boyfriend and the other “test subj...
  • Brina (5171MilesBooks)
    4 StarsRead my full review on the blog on June 14th: 5171 Miles Book BlogFirst of all, let me put your mind at ease: you don't need to know anything about chemistry. Maya, however, knows everything there is to know about chemistry which is all thanks to her late mother who was a renowned scientist for epigenetics at MIT. Maya wants to follow in her mother's footsteps and study epigentics herself, and landing a summer internship in the lab at MIT ...
  • Brooke Haverkamp
    This book was so cute!! Not your typical contemporary it had a cool science twist! I do wish we got to know the characters a little bit better and that the book was slightly longer but I loved it!!comes out June 19 2018! I recommend picking it up!! *Thank you to HMH teen for providing the ARC at Yallwest2018
  • Brenda Ayala
    Say it with me: STUPIDCHARACTERSARESTUPIDThe entire premise of this is so flimsy I don’t know how it got greenlit for publication. “I will change my pheromones to win my ex back who broke up with me.”See how dumb that is?Never mind that a PhD student would never risk her place in MIT (of all places!!) for a stupid high schooler to get her frisk on.Never mind that the girl is fucking 17 (almost 18) and has had a boyfriend for more than a yea...
  • Amanda Hanson
    I have so many mixed feelings about this. The writing was good and the characters were engaging. But the premise was inherently flawed, as I see it. 1. Whit dumped you, Maya. For someone else. You really shouldn't want him back.2. THE EXPERIMENT ON UNKNOWING HUMAN SUBJECTS WITHOUT IRB APPROVAL OMG NOOOOOO.3. Why did you have to do Kyle like that?! He was my favorite. All in all, this was a quick read, but not my favorite book. I found it to be sc...
  • Lisa (Remarkablylisa)
    MY RATING: 4/5 STARSI received an ARC from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review.It's not the first time I've done this but I requested this book based on the cover and of course, a quick glimpse of the synopsis. It sounded like an adorable romance YA contemporary novel that will kick off my summer festivities. Chemistry Lessons did not disappoint me. With a fun plot, Chemistry Lessons follows a young scientific genius who is dealing w...
  • Claire (bookscoffeeandrepeat)
    Currently going through my Yallwest haul and deciding which book to read. I thought it would be apt to select the second arc I received from Yallwest. I actually missed an upcoming ARC drop because of this book so I might as well read this one first. If you want to read about my *first* Yallwest experience, click here. But if you just want to read my review for Chemistry Lessons, then just stick around (and read on)! Chemistry Lessons was such a...
  • Laura Mauro
    * I got this book from the publisher for my honest thoughts*This was a great book to kick off my summer reads season. I really loved how this book was focused on both grief but also science and experiments with love twist. I really found the self discovery path in this story to be super strong. I also really realated to the female/male friendship dynamics because that was something that defined my high school experience. I also liked how this boo...
  • Renata
    I will admit that I side-eyed this premise (high school chemistry intern decides to carry on her dead scientist mom's research into pheremones, in an attempt to get her boyfriend to get back together with her) but really enjoyed the book! Maya and her BFF Bryan are great characters. I also enjoyed all the fun Cambridge/MIT-specific details to the setting. I also appreciated that the cast is fairly diverse. Without going into too many details, I d...
  • Just Another Bookish Blog
    I recently finished reading Chemistry Lessons, by Meredith Goldstein!Oh look, I finished this book right on time for Valentine's dayNote: I received this book as an eARC from NetGalley! This does not affect my opinion on the storyline, plot, writing, or any other point of interest. Thank you for sending it to me!This will be published on June 19th, 2018 This book was not what I expected, in any way! You have Maya, a student working on her interns...
  • Nicole
    This review can also be seen on: NicoleHendersonReads2.5/5 I honestly don’t know how I’m gonna start this review, but here goes nothing. So, I wasn’t expecting to receive this copy (thank you Raincoast for the book), but I was willing to give this book a chance after hearing mostly good things about it. And now I have to say it’s not my favourite book ever, but it’s still a good and (somewhat) predictable contemporary that will still ge...
  • Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
    Goldstein, Meredith Chemistry Lessons, 245 pages. hmh, 2018. $18. Language: G (20 swears); Mature Content: PG13 (dating, kissing, talk of sex); Violence: G. Things couldn't be better for Maya -she is going to MIT in the fall to follow in her now deceased mother's footsteps, she has a great boyfriend Whit whom she is about to lose her virginity to, and she has a great group of friends both at work and home. But her world is shattered when her boyf...
  • Aleya
    One of my coworkers picked up this book at TLA and thought I'd enjoy it. They were right. I didn't go to work until 10 this morning so my early morning was spent in my home library reading this book. I continued it at lunch and then didn't do anything but read when I got home. I've missed the feeling of finishing a book in a single day. It's so nice.I really enjoyed this book. Goldstein does a great job of creating an interesting plot as well as ...
  • Juliet Harrison
    This isn’t normally the type of book I would pick up in the bookstore, but after receiving it as an ARC at Yallfest I’m glad that I did. It was a cute, quick read that involved a breakup, a girl gifted at science, and her trying to experiment to see if she can win the boy back. The characters were fun and the plot interesting, although slightly predictable. My issues with it came up behind the ethics of the project, which are discussed in the...
  • Karen Parisot
    Maya Leschinsky is seventeen going on eighteen. Gifted in math and science, she’s an incoming freshman at MIT. She’s also the daughter of a world-renowned geneticist. After Maya suffers her first breakup, she finds out that her mom had been working on a serum to make love last. She’s determined to continue her mom’s research and get her boyfriend back, but at what cost? There’s a lot to like about this book. The whiff walks sound heaven...
  • Milly Hammett
    Note: I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.Let me just start out saying I didn't dislike this book at all, it just wasn't what I expected. The synopsis is intriguing, but I found the actual plot to be a little lackluster. Maya's an okay character, but I really didn't understand or feel her connection to Whit, and considering the whole story hinges around her conducting this experiment to win him back, I had a diff...
  • Mara
    It was a cute story about finding yourself during that last summer between high school and college. It had science involved with the story but was more of a love story and was based on the relationships the protagonist had with pretty much everyone around her. I read this book in a day and give it a 3/5 only because what she was doing was unethical, and her intentions seemed to be for her and her womanly needs alone, not for the greater good.
  • Bethany
    Actual Rating: 3.5Chemistry Lessons is a cute, kind of predictable YA contemporary. What it really has going for it is the emphasis on science. You don't often see that to the degree depicted here Maya lost her mother to cancer, but hopes to follow in her footsteps by becoming a great scientist. The book is set the summer before college begins (at MIT of course) while she is interning at an MIT lab. Everything is going as planned, until her long-...
  • Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    OK here's the deal. As a cute romance, it's probably more like a 4. The characters are good, and the premise is interesting, but because of just personal issues with it, I just couldn't love it like I wanted to. So I have worked in labs for the past decade, and the main character works in a lab with scientists, and I just didn't feel that sense that she was actually working in a lab. This was my biggest issue with it and I think this will not be ...
  • Mary Nguyen (fox & wit)
    I enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would. This book wasn’t on my radar but I received an arc of it so I decided to read it.It’s very cute and sweet. If you’ve been through a yucky break up I think this book does a good job portraying those emotions.While it’s certainly predictable and filled with typical YA contemporary tropes, it was still a delightful read. Sometimes you don’t want anything too intense you know?
  • Belle Ellrich
    *I WAS SENT A PHYSICAL ARC IN RETURN FOR AN HONEST REVIEW*Before I start this review, I want to say a big thank you to HMHteen for sending me an arc in return for a review. I can't even tell you how excited I was when I got approved for my request. So, once again, thank you.This book was so cute, but also dramatic. I loved the aspect of a teenage girl exploring the scientific factors of love. I'm not a huge science geek, but I know enough about i...
  • Alyce Hunt
    ‘The truth was that it was about Whit and Kyle, and about lying to friends and wishing I could travel back in time to the start of the summer, when everything felt normal. It was about Bryan going to college five hours away. It was about people disappearing.’When Maya’s boyfriend Whit breaks up with her, she’s heartbroken. They were planning to sleep together for the first time in a matter of weeks, and now he’s leaving her for Andrea B...
  • Ainslee || Jest and Hearts
    1970-01-01 cover is beautiful, love the colour combo and the science elements.This was a cute, quick read and perfect for summer.The synopsis for this book sounded pretty interesting to me specifically because of the scientific element but it fell short, I didn’t love it and I didn’t hate it, somewhere in between. The book was well written for the most part and it’s fun and an easy read. Its good if you wan...
  • KarenJo Custodio
    4 - Cute and Charming YA Contemporary Chemistry Lesson by Meredith Goldstein is a lighthearted and charmingly fun novel with a unique scientific twist on love and attraction. It’s quite endearing, adorably amusing, and sweet. I had a good time reading this book and would definitely recommend it. The premise of this book was really intriguing and fun and I really did like this book, but I didn't completely fall in love with the story like I expe...
  • Susan McGrath
    I received a copy of Chemistry Lessons by Meredith Goldstein from the publisher (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) in exchange for an honest review.Maya is ready. Ready to be a freshman at MIT. Ready for the next step in her relationship with her boyfriend, Whit. Ready to move forward with her life.Then Whit breaks up with her. Suddenly Maya is lost, adrift. She finds solace in the boxes of research her mom left her in her will. She also finds what she ...
  • Dani (Dani Reviews Things & Love in a time of Feminism)
    This is a book about a breakup, essentially. Maya has just finished high school and is preparing to go to college in a few months when her boyfriend, a year older and a college freshman, breaks up with her out of nowhere, citing that he loves her but he's starting to feel things for a friend, and he wants to explore those feelings. What comes after is Maya's attempt to understand and reverse the breakup through something she's exceptionally good ...
  • Cait Jacobs (Caitsbooks)
    Overall: 2.3/5 StarsCharacters: 2/5Setting: 3/5Writing: 3/5Plot and Themes: 2/5Awesomeness Factor: 2/5Review in a Nutshell: Chemistry Lessons had the potential to be a fun summer read, but the issues in it are too glaring for me to look over.Blog || Tumblr|| Bookstagram || Twitter Chemistry Lessons follows Maya, a budding scientist who was just dumped by her boyfriend, Whit. When she discovers her late mother's old research on pheromones and att...
  • Sophia
    I think this book had a lot of potential, but it just lacked a lot. First of all, it says this book is aimed at ages 12 and up, and this book felt a lot like the books I read when I was in elementary school. I think this would've been much better if it was written more for young/new adult. This book was mainly centered about making relationships last, yet I didn't feel anything for any of the main characters love interests.Also Whit reminded me a...