Book Review: The First Kiss Hypothesis by Christina Mandelski

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Title: 
The First Kiss Hypothesis
Author: Christina Mandelski
Published by: Engtangled: Crush
Publication date: November 6, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

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. 
Game. On.

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.

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the first kiss hypothesis

Why do I continue to torture myself with books with the most frustrating romantic antics? Because they are so passionate and annoyingly good. When it comes to The First Kiss Hypothesis, I have never wanted two characters to kiss so bad. In a nutshell, this book contained several young adult tropes that I love, and I am so glad I kept turning the page to the very end.

The First Kiss Hypothesis drove me nuts in the best possible ways. Nora, the main character, is so focused on proving a hypothesis that originates from her grandparents’ relationship, where their first “earth-moving” kiss equaled soulmates. Nora wants that type of love and fails to see that relationships are more than just one great kiss. And I liked that Eli, through science and tricky persuasion, challenges Nora’s expectations and her theories. 

Nora and Eli are neighbors and best friends. They are opposites in many way, but they have the best things in common (like their love for pie). They make each other laugh and they’re always helping each other when it comes to facing life’s difficult challenges and even small milestones, like getting your driver’s licence. From the beginning, these two characters have a burning chemistry between them, and the tension between these two characters made me so flustered.

And one of the best aspects about this book is that pie always seems to be the best answer and cure for a bad day. So if you’re in the mood to read a fun, sweet, but infuriating romantic book, definitely give The First Kiss Hypothesis a try. This book will have you craving pie and rooting for the boy next door to get a second chance to woo his best friend. 

3 star rating

NOTE: Thank you to Netgalley and Entangled Publishing for providing me an e-galley/e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. All statements and opinions are my own.

2 thoughts on “Book Review: The First Kiss Hypothesis by Christina Mandelski

  1. I agree. Nora was driving me crazy, but I loved Eli’s persistence, and the “hail mary” was awesome. My favorite part was the epilogue, because I am a very greedy reader, and I always want that sort of closure. Loved the way Mandelski worked the pie angle there.

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