Welcome to my stop in The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss book tour, if you want to check out the rest of the tour, I will link the tour schedule for you here. Thank you so much to Terminal Tours for including me in this tour, and the publishers for my review copy.
Title: The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss
Author: Amy Noelle Parks
Publisher: Amulet Books
Audience: Young Adult
Release Date: 5th January 2021
Seventeen-year-old Evie Beckham has always been too occupied with her love of math and frequent battles with anxiety to want to date. Besides, she’s always found the idea of kissing to be kind of weird. But by senior year, thanks to therapy and her friends, she’s feeling braver than before. Maybe even brave enough to enter the national math and physics competition or flirt back with the new boy. Meanwhile, Evie’s best friend, Caleb Covic, has always been a little in love with her. So he’s horrified when he is forced to witness Evie’s meet-cute with the new guy. Desperate, Caleb uses an online forum to capture Evie’s interest—and it goes a little too well. Now Evie wonders how she went from avoiding romance to having to choose between two—or is it three?—boys.
I wasn’t sure what to expect when heading into The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss but I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun, lighthearted contemporary that did address some harder and heavy topics as well.
Characters are a big part of my reading experience, and I loved the two main characters within this book. I see quite a bit of myself reflected in Evie, so it was great to see a female character who loves maths and physics, which is not seen enough within ya books. I loved how Caleb was happy for Evie to take the spotlight and supported her with whatever she wanted. But I also enjoyed the fact that he had a character arc and went through some self-discovery throughout the book. One thing I would have loved some more of was more development of the sub-characters. I wanted to find out more about Bex, as we kept getting hints but never got the complete picture. I think this would have made me love the book even more.
Evie and Caleb’s romance was amazing; they were everything that I want from a friends-to-lovers romance. From the first page, you could see the connection between them, and it was just a case of when not if. There was something very mature about their relationship, especially how they addressed Evie’s mental health issues and her problems with her mother. I hope to see more relationships like this in the future, where both parties talk to each other and work things out together. They had so much chemistry and the love that they already had for each other before they even got together shone on the page.
“You are thunderstorms and supernovas and four-leaf clovers and jackpots. Normal would be a step down.”The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss
One thing that I did love from The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss was the ending. Unlike traditional, contemporary books, we did get to see after the events and how lives had changed and were changing. This is something that does not usually happen, as the endings tend to be quite abrupt. So it was nice to get a glimpse of what happens after.
While I am an engineer, I did not understand all of the physics behind Evie’s concept, but at no point did I feel like I was stupid. This is something that I enjoyed. The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss also addresses sexism within the scientific field, specifically physics and maths. There were points that I did feel uncomfortable, but this was for Evie rather than with the content itself. One of Evie’s teachers is very sexist, which left me raging, and it is mentioned at the competition that to win, Caleb must have put Evie’s name. But I am extremely glad that sexism in this field is addressed rather than being ignored, as this is something women and girls do face daily.
“The work is plenty impressive on its own”, he says. “But I understand the temptation to lead with her name. There’ll be a lot of publicity if we award the top prize to a young woman for the first time.”The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss
The only thing that I would have liked a bit more of was world building. I would have loved to have seen some more of the school and the competition. I think this would have enhanced my reading experience and would have drawn me into the story even more. But I did enjoy the world building that we did get I just wanted more.
Overall, I enjoyed The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss and will definitely be picking up the next book that Amy Noelle Parks writes.
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About the Author
Amy Noelle Parks is an associate professor at Michigan State University. When she’s not using One Direction lyrics as a writing prompt, she’s helping future teachers recover from the trauma of years of school mathematics. She lives in Michigan with her husband and two daughters.