Book Review #511
Title: The Quantum Weirdness Of The Almost-Kiss
Author: Amy Noelle Parks
Publisher: Amulet Books
Genres: YA, Contemporary, Mental Health
Source: Times Reads
Publication Date: January 5, 2021
Caleb has always assumed that when she was ready for romance, Evie would choose him. Because he is her best friend, and he loves her, and he has almost kissed her 17 times…
Seventeen-year-old Evie Beckham has never been interested in dating. She’s been fully occupied by her love of mathematics and her frequent battles with anxiety (and besides, she’s always found the idea of kissing to be a little bit icky). But with the help of her best friend and her therapist, Evie’s feeling braver. Maybe even brave enough to enter a prestigious physics competition and to say yes to the new boy who’s been flirting with her.
Caleb Covic knows Evie isn’t ready for romance but assumes that when she is, she will choose him. So Caleb is horrified when he is forced to witness Evie’s meet cute with a floppy-haired, mathematically gifted transfer student. Because Caleb knows the girl never falls for the funny best friend when there’s a mysterious stranger around, he decides to use an online forum to capture Evie’s interest. Now, he’s got Evie wondering if it’s possible to fall in love with a boy she’s never met.
Told in the alternating voices of Evie and Caleb, THE QUANTUM WEIRDNESS OF THE ALMOST KISS is a YA romantic comedy, sure to satisfy fans of Jenny Han, Rainbow Rowell and Stephanie Perkins.
tw: anxiety, panic attacks
The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss is a best friends to lovers trope that tackles on one’s devotion towards mathematics and studying religiously at Newton Academy. This book covers on so many important aspects and the characters are super smart and so passionate. But overall it’s an easy and fun read.
To quote back Evie, this is a very mathy book and I personally hate maths but reading from the perspective of someone who breaths this subject is very interesting. To be honest, I didn’t really get what they were talking about academically but it doesn’t even matter. Also, this book also covers a few important aspects like having anxiety and panic attacks. Evie also tries to overcome this and its honestly so nice to see that she’s slowly recovering.
This trope is usually a hit or a miss for me but this book is honestly right in the middle. I don’t love it so much but I don’t dislike it. It’s just neutral for me. But I always love it when the boy falls in love with the girl first but to pine away for years, patiently waiting for her is the dream. It’s adorable and heartwarming to have found someone you can be a hundredth percent yourself and still love each other unconditionally.
I would recommend you this book if you’re looking for a cute contemporary read that highlights on mental health, discovering romance for the first time and fighting for what you love most.