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Kissing Ezra Holtz (and Other Things I Did for Science)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  33 reviews
A fun, witty, light-hearted romantic comedy―The Rosie Project, for teens

Seventeen-year-old Amalia Yaabez and Ezra Holtz couldn’t be more different. They’ve known (and avoided) each other their whole lives; she unable to stand his buttoned-up, arrogant, perfect disposition, and he unwilling to deal with her slacker, rule-breaking way of moving through the world.

When they ar
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Sky Pony Press
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Nicole ❤
Jun 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
"That’s when he kisses me.

It’s not tentative, it’s not a question mark, but of course it isn’t; Ezra hates question marks."
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Much thanks to Edelweiss, Sky Pony and Simon & Schuster for this complimentary copy. This review is voluntary and opinions are fully my own.

📚 Series: No
📚 Genre: Mature Young Adult Romance
📚 POV: First Person. (h)
📚 Cliffhanger: No.

⚠ Content Warnings: Slutshaming. Misconceptions of Bisexuality and the LGBTQ+ Co
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
I really loved the premise of this one and its promise of a quick and fluffy read...I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it.

I liked Amalia and Ezra well enough. She’s struggling with some things in her life and trying to find where her place is now. She might be a bit prickly and quite standoff-ish, but for the most part, I was settled into her inner monologue. Ezra was interesting, but I really wish we could have gotten even one chapter in his POV. And both of their family members are fantas
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
ARC received in exchange for an honest review - thank you!

I downloaded this book on a complete whim. The cover is shite but the blurb featured enemies-to-lovers, which I love, so I figured it would be an easy way to pass a couple of hours.

It was so much more than that. I cannot remember the last time I read a book which had such an emotional impact on me.

No, it wasn't perfect: Amalia is a bitch, and she annoyed me on so many levels. She characterises herself as the 'manic pixie dream girl', w
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
Imagine falling in love during a science experiment.

11/10 adores the title.

EDIT 5/20:
Ugh, this is going to be hard to review I have a million thoughts. (To be fair it's 1am though.)
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
I wanted this to be a quick and easy read to prevent me from going into a reading slump - and it did thank, but I didn’t really enjoy the story a whole lot. The story was so quick and easy to read, and that was great, but I didn’t really like Amalia. I just couldn’t connect with her and thought she was a bit hypocritical. Thought I did enjoy the story format, with the case study observations in the beginning of the chapters! The story just wasn’t fleshed out enough - a POV from Ezra would have b ...more
The title was intriguing enough to pick up.

Amalia and Ezra , the two protagonists are both jewish and they're family friends. Amalia is an unconventional jew who has a lot of fun while Ezra is a typical god fearing nerd. When Amalia's life faces some major changes , she got paired up with Ezra for an assignment. When they decide to work on a project to match up a few people to see if they fall in love for a psychology assignment , things get JUICY.

The MC's character arcs couldn't be more differ
Ahana M Rao (Heart’s Content)
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Received a complimentary copy from publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

There was this one stand-up comedy audition I once watched and the judges (stand-up comedians themselves) rated one of their applicants the highest not just because of how well he executed his jokes, the timing, tone, connection-with-audience etc; but mainly because of the diversity of his content. Each and every topic that he addressed
Aug 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This review was originally posted on Latte Nights Reviews.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This review might be a little incoherent because I don't know how to articulate my love for this book. I read The Art of French Kissing by Brianna Shrum last summer and loved it so much, so when I saw the opportunity to read her most recent release early, I jumped on it. This book came out in June, and I

Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it
I like how the main characters are Jewish and how it is not just a side thing or that it makes up the character as a whole. It offered many educational nuggets about the faith but did not just rehash facts.

This was a very light and fun read. It was kind of slow going but 1/3 into the plot started to speed up.

Good read for anyone who likes Realistic YA Romance with a twist of science.
Jun 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: lgbtqia, ya, library, print, fluff
Pretty good fluff. Mostly exciting to have practicing Jewish characters in a book that isn't about the Holocaust!
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
*Spoiler free*

I adored The Art Of French Kissing, which I talk about all the time haha. I was so happy when the author announced she had another book coming out that was going to have the enemies-to-lovers trope and deal with figuring out what you want to do in life. It sounded so cute and really, really good.

Brianna R. Shrum seems to write about a little piece of my soul in each book. I saw myself so well with the anxiety rep in The Art Of French Kissing, and while this book deals with a differ
Ceillie Simkiss
Full review to come but I have one thing to say.

"God, what the shit. I love you, too." is the most ON BRAND statement for Shrum.
Avid Reader and Geek Girl

A fresh take on enemies to lovers in the modern ages with a queer MC.

Amalia Yaabez and Ezra Holtz get paired for a psychology project and decide to try to play with love. But will they play with it or will it play with them? She may be th
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: from-publishers
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Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
I adored this book. Amalia Yaabez is a bisexual artist, Sephardic Jew and general badass. She starts out finding out she didn't get into any of the 9 art schools she applied to, but she's just started her senior year and decides she has to fix her GPA to get into a state school for Plan B. Amalia has to work on a psychology project with Ezra Holtz who she knows from Hebrew school... someone she finds *annoying* at the beginning. Ezra is a good student unlike her, although she IS quite smart but ...more
Aug 17, 2019 rated it liked it
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Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, ya
Brianna R. Shrum is one of my new favorite YA authors. This is the second book of hers I've read and loved. She builds complex characters that are so relatable with stories that make an impact on me. Her stories are not about hard hitting topics, but her characters living their everyday life give me the feels and make me think.

This is the story of Amalia Yaabez coming to terms with her first major disappoint and learning how to adapt and move forward. During this difficult time she is paired up
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it
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Sonya Duquette
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This novel took me a while to get into, but once I did, I actually enjoyed it. I wasn't sure about the characters at first, especially our main girl Amalia, but I've grown to like her and even realized how much of myself I see in her (*cough* gliding through school without studying and being lazy *cough*). Amalia is a lazy, pot-smoking, art student who glides through high school. She's brilliant but chooses to not give a rat's ass about school because she knows she'll pass with minimum effort. E ...more
Tia Mele
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I’m a huge fan of Brianna and this book was just another example of her being awesome. I felt such a connection with Amalia, on a deep level because we have a lot of similar traits and also on a reader level because her narrative made it easy to empathize with her character. This book is unapologetically queer, which was fantastic, and also sex/masturbation positive. I do wish that we got a little more of the experiment, especially the part where the couples are supposed to st ...more
Jun 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
I really wanted this to be a great book but I struggled. Amalia was really hard for me to tolerate. And call me old-fashioned but I don’t think it’s smart to send the message to teens that as long as they want something they should feel entitled to it, no matter the consequences. I don’t think I’d want my daughter to read this book.
Mar 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I received an ARC of this book.
I tried really hard with this one, and the premise sounded great. But Amalia was just soooo unlikable that I didn't want to read it. I felt bad for Ezra for having to put up with her. She seemed lazy, fickle, moody, and unpleasant to be around. Some may not agree with my opinion, but this one just didn't work for me.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was all excited and then...meh...
Kristīne Vītola
May 29, 2019 marked it as listed
"they come across an study that posits that anyone can fall in love with anyone, if you put them through the right steps. they decide to put that theory to the test" allos, da fck ?
Apr 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rounding up from 3.5 stars because it was cute. It wasn’t perfect, but it was cute and I actually enjoyed reading it. And I actually really like Amalia— I’m tired of perfect, boring, basic MCs.
Aug 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Adorable YA read, with a Happily Ever After 💕
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was cute af. That is all.
Aug 04, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF. Turned off by the needless swearing and couldn't identify one iota with the protagonist. Got to page 15 and decided it wasn't for me.
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
honestly the actual writing in this book wasn't that great but it was an actual delight so i'm four starting it anyway
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