Chemistry Lesson

Chemistry Lesson

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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?
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Product details

  • Hardback | 256 pages
  • 140 x 211 x 16mm | 362.87g
  • HMH Books for Young Readers
  • Boston, United States
  • English
  • 1328764648
  • 9781328764645
  • 3,197,736

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"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
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About Meredith Goldstein

Meredith Goldstein is an advice columnist and features reporter for The Boston Globe. She's been writing her column," Love Letters" -- a daily dispatch of wisdom for the lovelorn -- since 2009. In 2018, she'll release two books: Can't Help Myself: Lessons & Confessions from a Modern Advice Columnist, a memoir (Grand Central/Hachette/April 3), and Chemistry Lessons (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/June 19), a young adult novel about a woman who tries to use science to manipulate her love life. Meredith's debut novel, The Singles -- about the only dateless guests at a wedding -- was released in 2012. Meredith was born in New Jersey, raised in Maryland, and lives in Boston with a carnival-size cotton candy machine and a David Bowie doll. Visit her at and on Twitter at @MeredithGoldste.
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601 ratings
3.24 out of 5 stars
5 11% (65)
4 28% (167)
3 41% (248)
2 15% (92)
1 5% (29)
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