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

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...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • 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-...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Luca
    Chemistry Lessons tells us the story of seventeen-year-old Maya, who is crazy about science and doing an internship at MIT over the summer. It is not too long after her mum passed away and both Maya and her dad are still grieving this loss. After her boyfriend suddenly breaks up with her Maya becomes a little obsessed with an unfinished research project of her mother. This book is definitely cute (perhaps a tiny bit too sweet for my taste), funny...
  • Krystle
    We have Maya and Bryan, the summer before they leave for college- Maya overcoming her mother’s death and dealing with a recent breakup, along with Bryan, witty best friend and theatre guru. Both determined to keep Maya distracted as long as it takes, so she doesn’t try to go running into the arms of her ex. But what happens when Maya discovers an experiment her mom was working on yet never completed? Can Maya use science to repair her love li...
  • Kalyn Delillo
    Chemistry Lessons follows a 17year old named Maya at a turning point in her life. She’s recently lost her mother to cancer, has been broken up with by her boyfriend, Whit, and she’s on the verge of attending her dream college for the first time. In an effort to get Whit back she uses her mothers old research notes to create a love potion and chaos ensues. This book was everything I never knew I needed. I devoured this in one day and wish ther...
  • 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 ...
  • Madi Nation
    I recieved this book from Netgalley for free in exchange for an honest review. I picked this book solely based on the cover. I loved the colors. I also do not consider myself a "science" girl. That being said, I loved this book. It wasn't so science-y that I didn't understand, but enough to keep me interested. About halfway through I wasn't sure how I wanted it to end, afraid of Being disappointed, but I think the author did a good job. The chara...
  • Sabrina Abu
    Firstly, I’d like to thank NetGalley U.K. for giving me the chance to read this book. This book is about 17 year old Maya who is very interested in science and what it can do. It’s a great read for teenagers like myself and also a great lesson to someone who’s had their heart broken and just wanting the person back, probably willing to do anything as well. It was a simple, plot line and easy to understand where Maya was coming from. Overall...
  • Elaine
    I was excited to read this book as I am a chemist myself. It was over all a cute read about a girl, Maya, trying to figure out her love life. Here's what I liked: There was a somewhat nerdy main character and that there was talk of lab work at MIT. What I didn't like was that there were too many gay characters--almost as if the author was trying to force some diversity into this book and there was too much talk of casual sex for my taste. I also ...
  • Ashlynn
    I loved this book. And I feel a little guilty for loving it so much. I mean, the plot is like something lifted straight out of a Disney Channel original movie. The teenaged protagonist hilariously and cluelessly makes a mess of all of her relationships through a series of ridiculous and unethical scientific experiments before she finally learns that you can't artificially engineer a relationship. (Maybe, it's schadenfreude that kept me reading? T...
  • Teresa
    Maya is a genius; she is about to attend MIT, she has a great, supportive father and a boyfriend she loves...that is until she doesn't. When Whit, said boyfriend, dumps her Maya is heartbroken and confused. When she stumbles onto her late mother's research about love and attraction Maya thinks maybe this could help her win Whit back. Things start to get messy from there and pretty soon Maya starts to learn that love can't be made from lab materia...
  • Kat
    #Netgalley #ChemistryLessonsThank you to Netgalley and the publisher of this novel.The book is a funny, mixed up tale of a young lady who uses science to attempt to fix her love life. I enjoyed the character, who's nerdy, but relies on what she knows to solve problems. Some of the side character's seem added in at the last minute or to fill gaps. Not sure. I would have given this four stars, but parts didn't feel fluid at times. I can see teens a...
  • Megan Lyons
    2 1/2 stars I read this during this weird early spring heat wave, and this worked as a light summer read. I think I liked it more than it perhaps deserved, but I read through it quickly and enjoyed it. I liked the lab setting, although there wasn’t a lot of time really spent there, and the science was questionable, there were moments that reminded me of funny stories my science research lab friends tell. I liked that the main character was inte...
  • 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?
  • Jennifer
    I really enjoyed this book. The concept of trying to chemically make someone attracted to you is somewhat unethical but intriguing at the same time. Maya was a bit emotionally immature, however, she is only 17, so it’s not that unsurprising. The story moved quickly, and I wanted to know what would happen next. It’s definitely one of the better YA romances. I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via Netgalley, in exchange for a fai...
  • Kristin Fletcher-spear
    reviewing for school media connection.
  • Mrs.Heather Lassley
    Closer to 3.5I liked this book, but I felt like so much of the story was missing. Sweet though.
  • rachel 007
    Funny and feel-good, Goldstein's YA debut is perfect for fans of Morgan Matson, Kasie West, Sarah Strohmeyer, and Jessica Brody. Eighteen-year-old Maya is about to spend her summer before college working at her mom's old MIT research lab when she comes across an experiment she was doing but never completed. Along with her mom's former assistant, Maya is determined to finish it -- using 3 cute guys as the testers. What happens, of course, isn't al...