Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Review of Elements of Chemistry Part 1: Attraction by Penny Reid

The bit on the back…

One week.

Private beach.

Invisible girl.

Jerk-faced bully.

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?


This is the first part in Penny Reid’s Hypothesis series. I came across this book when my favourite author, Samantha Young, recommended it on twitter and I thought to myself, well if Sam likes it them I’m bound to like it, right? So right. I read this very quickly in one sitting because I just couldn’t put it down! Let me tell you a bit more about it…

Main character Kaitlyn Parker, chemistry supremo, has attracted the unwanted attention of her gorgeous lab partner Martin and much to her chagrin she has promised to give him one week to prove he is more than her preconceptions of his jerk-facedness.

Kaitlyn is quite a quirky character. She’s super smart and I loved how Penny incorporated her love of chemistry into the story with chapter headings and analogies using chemistry to explain non-chemistry related situations. There is an undeniable attraction between the characters even though Parker isn’t convinced that Martin is being truthful in his attraction to her. I think a lot of that comes down to her inexperience but I really liked how great Martin was with her.

This part is left on a MASSIVE cliff hanger. I tweeted something along the lines of “nooooooo! How can this be?!” when I got to the end of it but thankfully the first chapter of the next part was just the next page over! I was really looking forward to the next part - Heat. 

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