When Jordan Hughes arrives at Pinecrest High School, Elliot Goldman’s graduating year suddenly gets a lot more interesting. Smart, good looking and charming, Jordan isn’t exactly the kind of person Elliot’s used to having as a lab partner. But when they start acing their assignments, life is suddenly about more ...more
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this book in exchange for an honest review.
TW: Book contains bullying and homophobia
This is the most average book I have ever read. From the over-explained scenes about making spaghetti. How much water is needed. How much boiling the water needed. I got the impression that a specific word count was the goal and because this was a bare bones story that had a lot of filler before it started lab partnering.
Elliot is a young man battling de ...more
I really enjoyed this book. The author's easy to read writing style quickly drew me into the st ...more
This book was a quick, cute read that was really quick to finish. While I did like this book, I didn’t find it to be all that unique or spectacular in any way. It was definitely a straightforward simple story.
I did enjoy the characters we got to see throughout this book. I think they were fun to read about, and I liked all the different relationships and dynamics the author gave us. I also liked that this book tackles topics such as bullying, depression, and homophobia ...more
Well. That's not what happened.
First, I was bored out of my mind. It's not that the writing is bad, it's just... do we really need to know how the MC makes pasta, step by step? Everything was overly described, every action, the most mundane ...more
I find myself having very mixed feelings about this novel. While the initial premise of an LGBT high school romance appealed to me, I felt let down by the writing style and the way serious topics were largely brushed over by the author.
The thing I enjoyed most about this book was the characterisation of the main ensemble. Elliot's struggle with coming to terms with his sexuality and stress over his future were very relatable to me as a teenager, an ...more
The writing was honestly so uncomfortable to read. It was really forced and just very overly detailed. We got told exactly what the main character was eating, exactly what his school assignments were, just all of this completely irrelevant stuff. It was a lot of tell and not at all a lot of show. At ...more
I loved the story and the characters were sweet and relatable and fun. I especially loved the AroAce representation :) The book not only addressed the fluidity of sexuality and discovering yourself, but also dealt with bullying, alcoholism, depression, and abuse. Elliott was a great main character, he stood up for others and was bullied for it, he was true to himself and just trying his best to make it through high school. I was so happy when he found Jordan and he had someone ...more
I loved Lab partners!
Full review will be posted closer to the publishing date
I thank NetGalley for granting me with the e-ARC in exchange of my honest opinions.
Elliot and Jordan are well drawn, fun, articulate teenagers, thrown together as chemistry lab partners, from which a great relationship develops - if only it was always as sweet as this in real life.
This is a lovely heart felt story, and I would love to read more about their relationship.
I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
TW: homophobia, bullying, depression
POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD
Elliott Goldman's life isn't easy. He lives in a small town, his twin sister is smarter than him and already in college, while he's in senior year, his parents work a lot, he feels lonely, he's bullied at school and he can't wait to start over in college, if he can choose one. His life changes when he's partnered with the new kid, Jordan, who is sweet, caring and underst ...more
But Elliot’s life suddenly changes when a new student named Jordan joins their school and ends up being Elliot’s new chemistry lab partner. The two boys take to each other right away and become imm ...more
Then, one day Jordan Hughes walks into his life. Everything changes after that. He has a friend, a confidant, and maybe something ...more
I felt everything was underdeveloped and stereotypical, from the bullies to family and to the homophobia.
The bullying was very unrealistic, since Elliot would come home hurt and his parents didn’t do anything about it cause he wanted to handle it, even though he couldn’t.
I had trouble liking Jordan. At the beginning he’s very kind and helpful, then he’s suddenly like ’I’ll convince you to be gay’. It was o ...more
Elliot is a young high school senior with no friends. He isn’t the typical “nerd” or characteristically ugly, but because of his loner status, he is bullied relentlessly by this group of three boys. When new kid Jordan arrives at school, he befriends Eli quickly, after being assigned as his new lab partner. Things are starting to look up now that Elliot has a friend, but Jordan blows all of that up with a single kiss. This puts into que ...more
My Response: What this books needs more than anything, is a good editor: there were continui ...more
As a story, I found this book quite drab. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t really like it either. After a certain point I couldn’t help but think “Wow, that escalated quickly.” I didn’t like the romance, it was really shallow and had no depth or meaning whatsoever and I just couldn’t find myself rooting for Elliot. I haven’t met any who teenager talks like those in this book, and I didn’t find much of it very relatable or even believa ...more
“It's hard to figure out how other people work, but sometimes it's even harder to understand ourselves.”
This book was a difficult one to rate. Part of me did want to give it five stars because I really did enjoy my time reading this. It was short quick and simple. But that was also it's problem. It was very simple and was nothing new. This definitely isn't going to be one of the books that sticks around in my head for a while it b...more
Well I'm going to be honest with you, this is one of those books where my normal give it 100 pages rule wouldn't have saved it, were it not a ARC which I always try to power through. Makes me think I should change my rule to 150 pages because it certainly picked up just after 100-125 pages, in my opinion. So if you can power through all the background building for Elliot, the set up of the school scene and how Elliot ...more
I really thought this book was going to be cute, touching and comforting. And it was not. Some parts did though. Let me explain. I felt really connected to the main character, Elliott Goldman, and I dove into his world and his head quite easily. I loved the set up especially this quite little country town. Members of his family were really enjoyable especially his twin-sister Eleanor who has a special place in my heart ...more
Firstly, the writing style through this novel, while very easy to read, is extremely tedious and filled with descriptions and lists of mundane actions and objects. For example, during a lab that Elliot and Jordan do, every single step of their experiment is listed and descri ...more
Unfortunately, it was lacklustre. It wasn't bad, and I read it within a day, but it wasn't great either. Elliot likes cooking and is bullied. A lot. It was quite sad to read about, and I am glad I never had to go through something like that. That's why I was glad Jordan came into the picture. There is still a lot of things I don't know about the character, and I would like to know more about ...more
Lab partners tell the story of Elliot Goldman and Jordan Hughes. Jordan is the new kid on the block who arrives and changes Elliot's life for good. They met when they are partnered in a chemistry class and build a beautiful friendship who turns in something more.
Elliot has a big and kind heart and was definitely the best in this book. He is always trying to help other people and forgets to help himself.
The YA has some sweet and ...more