The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss by Amy Noelle Parks, #105 review

Publication date: 24 March 2020

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.

“The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss” is a coming of age story about two childhood friends- Evie a prodigy in Maths and Caleb a coder. It explores growing up with your best friend whom you’ve always loved, not in a friendship kind of way, a I-Love-Love-You kind. If you are in the mood for a fun contempory, YA Fiction that is easy to read, pick this up and I guarantee you can finish it in a day or two but only if the following themes are for you:

  • Love Triangle
  • First Love
  • Friends to Lovers
  • Mental Health and Anxiety
  • Big Bag Theory X Young Sheldon

For me, I didn’t enjoy the Love Triangle trope as much. I find it a tad annoying at how long it kept on dragging but at the same time it was so darn fun to watch Evie and Caleb skirt about one another in fear of entering the uncharted waters of “RELATIONSHIP”. At times they were so adorable that I want to pat their heads *sighs FirstLoveAmIRite*, next I wanna slap their smart ass brains for not seeing what was right in front of them the whole time. AKA each other.

I really enjoyed how this book was a mix of Big Bang Theory X Young Sheldon since I loved those two TV series. It combines humour and science (which can be a bore if you’re not a studious person), it made me want to read about maths and science more since the author mentioned the theory about how the structure of the world is always found in the Math which could possibly mean that the math to the universe and how everything works is already in the numbers. I also love the little games played in the game to help Evie with her panic attacks and anxiety, I think that readers can benefit from the techniques in the book.

Thank you @times.reads for sending me a review copy. This book is available in all bookstores. Please check this out if you’re up for a quick but entertaining read.

By elysianbooksish

The Bookish Faerie who loves to read and write, and bake too

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