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The DNA of You and Me

2.91  ·  Rating details ·  949 ratings  ·  229 reviews
“Sharp...sets a bittersweet love story within the cut-throat world of academic research, a great pairing [Rothman] explores with heart [and] smarts.” – Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Emily Apell arrives in Justin McKinnon’s renowned research lab with the single-minded goal of making a breakthrough discovery. But a colleague in the lab, Aeden Doherty, has been working on
Hardcover, 242 pages
Published March 12th 2019 by William Morrow
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Emily May
Mar 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019, romance
The first time Aeden saw me handling a pipette he walked away and for the rest of the day did not speak to me again.

This might be the most sterile and lifeless romance I have ever read.

I thought it sounded great. What happens when a woman in STEM gets caught up in a romantic relationship with a colleague? When her research and her love life come into conflict with one another, which does she choose? I expected it would be bittersweet. The author is a scientist herself, and this is 2019, so
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Katie B
2.5 stars

Unfortunately there were more negative than positive things with the story. When I finished reading, I was left feeling confused about what exactly the author was aiming for when she wrote the book. And I'm not trying to say that in a mean way, more I just don't think I ever fully understood the main character and therefore it was difficult for me to know what to take away from the book.

Graduate student Emily has been hired to work in a lab in New York. And let's just say things can ge
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The DNA of You and Me is such a powerful romance novel with amazing topics that Rothman has written within this masterpiece! The way that the Author has merged science with love is astounding beautiful and the details are so interesting, intriguing and humorous! I really enjoyed every page and every act from this book!
The beginning of the book kept me so keen on this book and I wanted to go at the end so much and in the same time I didn't want the story to end! It really gives you so much mixed
Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Somber, intense, and deeply thought-provoking, Andrea Rothman’s The DNA of You and Me is the sort of book that left me with a quiet pensive feeling about women, love, ambition, and sacrifice.

I finished The DNA of You and Me more than a day ago and the emotions I felt reading it and through the end have stayed with me. Sometimes a book is so well-written that it brings a stark moment of clarity to my own life that is both uncomfortable and important. (I think this is what the J.D. Salinger may ha
Jen Ryland
I wish I had liked this more. The science part was interesting and it's true that scientific research is so unpredictable: you can spend hours and years and money on a scientific idea that goes nowhere, or you can randomly hit it right and change everything.

I was okay with the fact that the characters were cerebral (some perhaps even on the spectrum) rather than emotionally expressive. But the relationship between the main character and her love interest and all the plot points that revolved aro
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

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.

“I don’t think it’s just you, Emily. I think we all feel like mutants in our own way.”

In a very strong debut, Rothman gives us a contemporary fiction slice of life story featuring Emily, a daughter of a single father, starting off in the science research community. As a child, Emily had an allergy to cut grass and had to stay indoors in the summer,
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rothman's debut novel is a fierce and eloquent exploration of what it is to be a woman working in #STEM - a scientist in the cut-throat world of cutting edge research and academia. It invites us into the heart and mind of Emily, a character we grow to respect and admire, who is faced with the messy business of a budding romance with a colleague, in the laboratory where she works. Should she allow herself to put all she holds dear at risk, or should she smell a (lab) rat? This one's a powerful li ...more

Title: The DNA of You and Me
Series: Standalone
Author: Andrea Rothman
Release date: March 12, 2019
Cliffhanger: no
Genre: women's literary fiction

William Morrow was kind enough to send me a hardcover review copy of The DNA of You and Me, and initially I was really looking forward to checking this book out. There were a lot of things that grabbed my interest. The cover is gorgeous and eye catching. The protagonist Emily is a brilliant scientist who struggles to choose between her passion for her ca
Larry Khazzam
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read an advanced copy of this novel, which will be released in 2019. It's a real page turner. It's about Emily, a scientist, and her determination and angst, and the humiliations she puts up with to achieve love in her personal life as she tries to fulfill her professional ambitions. I felt I was in her head all along and I couldn't put the book down. The story just keeps getting better and better. ...more
3.5 stars.

Scientists, the science of genes, dedication to endless hours of lab work and lab mice, and the loneliness that results from such anti-social behavior -- having just watched the finale of The Big Bang Theory I was reminded of Sheldon and how he avoided personal interactions like the plague. Emily, daughter of a chemist, was destined to become a scientist, and getting paired up on her gene project with elusive but handsome Aeden she was destined to fall for him, even if she did feel she
K.A. Doore
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-reads
As the wife of a postdoc, so much of this rang true. And not just the Southern blots. The egos, the backstabbing, the constant vying for funding and the cut-throat world of research - really makes you wonder why anyone would go into this field. But Rothman also got the drive, too, the urge to know and understand and Be the First to Publish even if it means countless hours and days and nights and weekends and holidays in the lab, eschewing social niceties and, occasionally, hygiene if it means ge ...more
Mar 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
I am going to be in a minority on this one but I must say I didn't love The DNA of You and Me. I thought it was an underwhelming love story. I appreciated the fact that this book is about a woman scientist, who works on her own research in the genetics field. I am all for stories about smart women in STEM and academics but I still expect a book that is marketed as a love story, especially a bitter-sweet love story, to be emotional and even a little angsty. I want sparks and chemistry (not the sc ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, read-in-2019
DNF on page 99

I was pitched this book as a comparison to The Kiss Quotient and coupled with the gorgeous cover, I couldn’t resist.

I didn’t like any of these characters. Emily is bland and boring. Aeden seems like a real prick and Justin wasn’t around enough to actually make an impression. There are a few other lab workers, but they’re just mentioned in passing.

Plot wise, it was boring. I was familiar with portions of the science and it was still so so so dry. The thread of “romance” was basica
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Wow that was lackluster! I’m not really sure where the author was trying to go with this story. Even though the science angle could have been really interesting and fresh the romance angle really fell flat, really, really flat, I’m still not sure there was anything that could have been considered romance. If you’re picking this up for the romance (or lack of) or the funky fresh setting you might be better off just putting it back down and moving along.
Too much science not enough romance. Just did not work for me.

Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to William Morrow for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review


I really, really wished I had believed the reviews for one time in my life... But I didn't. I decided "well, it can't be that bad" but guys... it was. I generally try to find the best in a book (and there was some good stuff in this one) but this was pretty irredeemable.

This was supposed to be a romance but it was so cold, sterile and boring. There was absolutely no spark at a
Christie Grotheim
The DNA of You and Me is a well-crafted novel and a beautiful love story: about romantic love, love of self, and love of work and purpose. The slow build of tension makes the ending all the more powerful—while I enjoyed it all, for the last third of the book I couldn’t put it down. The main character, Emily, is a strong, rational scientist yet the foreshadowing from the beginning hints that she has regrets, or that not all of her experiences are clear cut. From the second paragraph: “If it is tr ...more
Daniela Petrova
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read an advance readers copy of this captivating novel. A powerful love story about a young woman scientist. Can you have both love and a career? And what if one gets in the way of the other? What would you choose? These are some of the questions faced by Emily, the protagonist of this beautifully written novel. I couldn’t put it down.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: general-fiction
Stuff I didn’t like:

Emily isn’t interesting and quirky like Eleanor Oliphant. She’s just weird and awkward.

I think this was supposed to be a romance, but I must have missed that completely. There was nothing romantic about the “relationship.” It was semi-emotionally abusive and again, awkward.

There was lots of really boring discussion about olfactory genes. Too much.

I found the writing to be very stilted and unnatural.

On the plus side, it was about a woman passionate about her career.

Not on
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: tale-of-2-styles
I wanted to LOVE this book, the cover is adorable by the way. My bestie called me late at night told me to “stop whatever I was currently reading and pick up this book immediately” which I did. And I HATE to say this but unfortunately this book was “just okay” in my opinion. The ending was bittersweet yet very endearing.

*(This could have been fantastic if it had toned down the “science” talk.)
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful book filled with insight and honesty on everything from love and self-awareness to the cycles of life and the realities of being a woman working in a STEM field.

The structure of the narrative is masterful, emerging over the course of the story to reveal itself as entwined strands, mirroring each other's steps in a dance of what is and what could be, of who we are and how we see ourselves.

An extraordinary debut, Andrea Rothman's THE DNA OF YOU AND ME is a must-read for 2019.
Kailey (kmc_reads)
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
Thanks to the publisher for my free copy in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to love this book so badly but it wasn't for me.

I didn't feel particularly attached to either character, nor did I feel like they really cared about each other? I think that might've been the point and perhaps I just missed it... I couldn't connect to them or their relationship. However, I've seen lots of people rave about this one, so if you like women in STEAM and/or light romance, maybe give this one a shot.
Leonor Coyle
Nov 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intelligent and tender love story from the perspective of a modern career woman. Relevant, engaging, a real page turner!
Carole (Carole's Random Life)
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I did like this book even if I didn't love it. This was a book that was very different than I thought it would be. I thought that this was a romance. It was labeled romance, the book's description sounds romantic, and even the title sounds like a romance novel. But it didn't feel like a romance. Yes, there is a relationship in the book but not one that I could get excited about. I still found this book to be very readable and did enj
Karen Dukess
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating deep dive into the competitive, insular world of scientific research and one young, brilliant female scientist's attempt to break out of her protective intellectualism and through her fears to connect with a fellow scientist. Wonderfully written, immersive and moving examination of how much is worth giving up to have both the career and relationship of one's dreams. A quick and compelling read. ...more
Nathan Makaryk
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received an advance copy of this book and loved it. Great to see science in the forefront of a love story, with realistic portrayals of the long and often unfulfilling work that goes into scientific research. A nuanced exploration of a relationship between two people who don't meet the standard mold of dating, at odds with wanting something "normal." A quick and easy read, but in the end it packs a solid punch that will stay with you. ...more
Elizabeth J.
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So pleased to have received an advance copy of this engaging and gripping story. It's hard to get my work done when all I want to do is keep reading it! Great character development, great narrative. And i especially love all that I'm learning about science.

Tavia Gilbert
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful debut! Heartfelt, wonderfully written, masterful with the scientific content, confident, and evocative. Don’t miss this novel and this writer!
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The DNA of You and Me follows young, gifted Emily as she pursues a career in STEM and seeks the DNA code for the olfactory senses. Emily is fascinated by smell and what makes a scent smell a certain way, she's also fascinated by the different way each human takes in a smell or feels an emotion. Her childhood experiences, spent locked away inside or at her father's lab, is the biggest driving force between her desire to find the right strand of DNA
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Andrea Rothman was born in New York and raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Her debut novel THE DNA OF YOU AND ME was published by HarperCollins in March of 2019. The novel has received starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and Library Journal, and was shortlisted for the 21st International Latino Book Awards in the category of most popular fiction in English.
Prior to becoming a fiction writer, Rothma

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