Imperfect Chemistry by Mary Frame
"Perfectly imperfect characters and situations make Frame's debut novel sparkle...there's a very real sense of character growth, brought to life by an evolving narrative style that parallels Lucy's metamorphosis. The blend of humor and heart makes for a thoughtful, highly entertaining read." ~ Publishers Weekly
Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. Having obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of twenty, she's amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her-people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her confuses and intrigues her, so when she's offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity.
Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy's neighbor and the one person she finds appealing. Jensen's life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, and complicated. Basically, the perfect starting point for Lucy's study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what's more important: analyzing her passions...or giving in to them?
Caroline's Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
I’m ashamed to say that I one-clicked this story back in May 2014, and a recent review on Goodreads reminded me that I had it and should read it, as I love girl-nerd stories. Honestly? I wish I hadn’t left it until now to read it.
“You need to understand how people tick, which can’t always be explained with logic and quantified by science.”
Lucy London is in trouble. Her university grant is at risk because her role, as a peer counsellor, has highlighted her social awkwardness and inability to relate to other people on a more emotional level. This, in turn, presents a problem for her project on emotion as a pathogen. When her latest patient complains about her bedside manner, Lucy is relieved of duty and told to go out and enjoy life and experience things that other normal 20-year-olds are experiencing.
“I need to gain experience. I need to find friends and be more social. Experience lust…
The thought makes me cringe a little.”
Jensen Walker is Lucy’s gorgeous neighbour. They’ve never really spoken but Lucy’s set her sights on him as the study subject for her project. However, he’s unwilling until his reluctant interest in her and his concern for her has him caving in.
“I didn’t think having all these emotions would be so confusing and annoying.”
“Welcome to the human experience.”
This novel was right up my street! It was a funny story that had me chuckling constantly about a quirky, genius heroine discovering her feelings for the first time. She’s likened to Spock in the novel but having been at university since she was 13 years old, she’s walked her own path and sees everything in life through a scientist’s eyes.
I ADORED Lucy and her personal journey, as she gets in touch with her emotions. She is direct, no artifice about her, inadvertently funny, unself-conscious, and really very sweet. I loved her new friends and how they rallied around her, and I loved how taken Jensen was with her. What a fun read!
This novel appears to be perma-free, so go and grab it!