Title: The First Kiss Hypothesis
Author: Christina Mandelski
Page Count: 231
Originally Published: October 23, 2017
Nora Reid believes scientific laws control everything, even love. With her grandparents’ epic first kiss story cemented in her brain, Nora develops a hypothesis she’s determined to prove: for each person in the world, there is exactly one other person, and at first kiss, they’ll experience an immediate and intense reaction.
But after four years of zero-reaction kisses, she comes up with a new theory: maybe that pesky crush on her stunningly hot best friend Eli Costas is skewing her results.
She needs to get rid of him, and fast.
Eli Costas is an injury-prone lacrosse star with a problem—the one chance he had at winning over the girl next door resulted in the most epically sucktastic first kiss ever. And now she’s…trying to get rid of him? Hell no. It’s time to disprove her theory and show her exactly what she’s missing.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
WARNING: THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.
When I first saw the title of this book, I knew I’d love it. I’ve got a thing for adorable teen romance books, and this is definitely one of the cutest.
The best part of the book wasn’t the romance, Nora, or Eli. It was Eli’s adorable younger brother Ari. Ari is SUPER smart, but he is also on the autism spectrum. Instead of treating him like a burden, the author manages to make this cutie oh so lovable. Nora and Eli show their best selves around him, and if it weren’t for Ari they wouldn’t have ended up together in the first place.
Though I’ve got to admit, I do love Nora. She was smart, lovable, but still frustrating. As a reader reading from her point of view, it was hard for me to watch her hold on to the first kiss hypothesis. She dealt with this hypothesis and her need to find someone that wouldn’t hurt her throughout High School, which makes my heart hurt for her. High School kids can be judgemental, hypothesis or not. But I still love her, and I know she didn’t deserve to go through any of the things she did.
Eli Costas. Him and I? We have a love/hate relationship. In the beginning, it was promising. He was cute, he was a hard worker, and he wanted more than anything to make Nora his. But then he grew bitter and blamed everything on Nora. (He made her CRY. Newsflash, dude. That’s not what you do to the girl you like.) Though they did resolve this, it stuck with me for the rest of the book.
My Rating: 3.5 Stars
I recommend this book to anyone that loves a good friends to lovers trope. Or any YA romance book, really. It was adorable and overall pretty good.