Blog Tour & Giveaway: The First Kiss Hypothesis by Christina Mandelski
Book Blurb:The First Kiss Hypothesis by Christina Mandelski
Publication Date: November 6, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen
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.
Disclaimer: This book contains a stunningly hot lacrosse player who isn’t above playing dirty to win over the stubborn girl-next-door of his dreams.
Genre: Romance, Teen--
Nora has a very scientific theory based on evidence that shows a first kiss reaction is needed to find true love. And she has had a lot of first kisses to try and find that special someone, but with no luck. Eli thinks Nora's theory is ridiculous, but as her best friend he tries to support her. But when it seems like his carefully planned world is in danger, Eli is ready to shake up Nora's "hypothesis".
I am a sucker for best friends turned love interests and thought the idea behind this book sounded really cute. I mean seriously, a good first can mean a lot... This was a really enjoyable teen romance with the relationship and self discovery taking the main focus in the story. I liked the introspection that the characters went through and the growth as people they made. This was not a plot driven story, but a character driven book which I do enjoy when the characters are quirky and interesting, which Christina was able to create.
Nora was a scientist down to her romance looking soul. She was using scientific theory and hypothesis testing to try and determine what made chemistry and long lasting love- she is the first person I have read about that uses science for true love. Basically, she was a little crazy, but in a smart endearing way. I wanted to throw her theory Her family dynamic was a big component as to how Nora came to be this way, and I liked that Eli and Gigi had a relationship also (he was able to understand where the hypothesis came from). I will admit I found her kissing booth idea equally cringe-worthy yet an ingenious idea to test her science.
Eli was anything but the bumbling, waiting in the shadows nerdy best friend that you typically see in books and 80's movie. Instead, he was this incredibly attractive, popular, insightful and sought after boy who was content to keep his relationship with Nora the same- that is until he fears that she is slipping away, and then the big guns come out. He was adorable with his autistic brother as well as keeping his cool in the sad situations with Gigi (and his driver lessons were probably my favorite part of the book!) His problem solving skills were...interesting- "All I have to do is make her question everything she believes, get her to fall for me, denounce her dumbass first kiss theory, and now, make sure she doesn't kill us both in a car accident. Sure. No problem." (hehe).
This was a really fun read, with some sweet moments and some hysterical parts to help keep me invested- there was both heart and humor which is a must in a romance for me. This is my first book by Christina but I will keep my eyes out for more.
I received this title for reviewing purposes.
Christina Mandelski was born in South Florida, where her love of reading was cultivated in a house full of books. Stories like The Little House series, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Island of the Blue Dolphins and The Secret Garden, filled her imagination and fueled her dreams to be a writer. That dream came true when her first young adult novel, THE SWEETEST THING, was published in 2011, and she’s beyond thrilled about her upcoming series for Entangled Crush. Chris lives in Houston with one handsome husband, two beautiful daughters, and two freakshow cats. She has a fondness for the beach, her family and friends, and she still loves to read (especially curled up with a good cup of coffee!) She also enjoys shopping, traveling and eating, especially cake. Always cake. When she’s not doing these things, you can find her holed in a cozy spot with her laptop, writing. Visit her at www.christinamandelski.com.