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Lab Partners

3.60  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Sometimes you don’t know who you love, until they love you ...

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
Paperback, 352 pages
Expected publication: March 10th 2020 by Wattpad Books
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Natalia  R
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
High School senior Elliott Goldman has been a victim of bullying since middle school. He doesn't have any friends and has gotten used to being an outcast. When he meets his new lab partner Jordan Hughes, they form an instant friendship. As they continue to spend more time together outside of school, their friendship slowly turns into something more, leaving Elliott to question everything about himself.

I really enjoyed this book. The author's easy to read writing style quickly drew me into the
Jan 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was so good!
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
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.

TW: homophobia, bullying, depression


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
Corissa Buehner
Jan 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was given the opportunity to read an ARC of Lab Partners by NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. Lab Partners by Mora Montgomery tells the story of Elliot Goldman. He is a high school senior with a twin sister in college (she graduated early) and two loving, though somewhat absent parents. He is a loner who is bullied mercilessly by three boys at his school.

Then, one day Jordan Hughes walks into his life. Everything changes after that. He has a friend, a confidant, and maybe something
Jax  Quenault
Dec 31, 2019 rated it liked it
2.5/5 Stars:

I very kindly recieved the e-Arc from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I really liked the concept but I didn't like any of the characters, especially Elliot. I really felt for what Elliot going through but I found a lot of his comments about other characters, particularly to Liam, be quite mean. I did like the writing style though and I am intrigued to read book by Montgomery, as I feel that it just the characters that I didn't really click with.
Alfie Rowland
Jan 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
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Georgia Fradico Teixeira
This book was provided as an e-arc to an honest review by Netgalley

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
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Andria Sedig
Jan 13, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: dnf
I think that this book was trying to do a lot of great things. It was dealing with bullying, with depression, with LGBTQ issues surrounding identity, anxiety about finishing high school. It seems like a great premise and Eli is a really sweet and fun main character to read about. I do think that a lot of the resolutions in this book felt a little predictable and Eli's shift from thinking "I'm not gay" to accepting Jordan's assertions that he is felt a little off. The writing felt a little ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my review.

A full review to come on the blog closer to the release date!

Lab Partners was a cute read. Sadly, in my own life I’ve never fallen madly in love with any of my own lab partners as my life is not fanfiction but this was a gratifying read. I enjoyed the romance aspect of this book, it was just cute enough and not cloyingly so.

Ratings: 40/100
Age: 14+
Warnings: bullying, homophobia
Dec 26, 2019 added it
Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this ARC! I'll post a review in conjunction with the publication date in March.
i didn't expect this to be on goodreads but i read it a few months ago so im counting it :)
it was pretty good. not mindblowing in any way, but it was cute.
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
*I was provided with an ARC of this book by the publisher, in exchange for my honest opinion.

This book has me so conflicted, because there were things that I liked, but also a lot of things that I didn't. The first issue I had was with the writing, there was a tendency to go into a lot of detail and write paragraphs, on the simplest things that Elliot did. A lot of the text ended up being filled with these unnecessary descriptions of Elliot doing the most routine of tasks, it was very tedious
The publisher kindly offered me a reader copy via NetGalley. Yet, this is an honest review of the book expressing my unbiased opinion.

First of all, I just want to say that I really, really wanted to love this book. YA LGBTQIA+ contemporary is where my heart lies. I did enjoy this book, but at times, it was problematic.

Let's start with the positive! I loved the two main characters and the side characters quite a lot. I also enjoyed the voice/prose. The two main characters had a lovely chemistry,
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Main character Elliot is a senior. He is bullied and a loner. When his lab partner changes to new-student Jordan, Jordan attempts to befriend Elliot. Elliot is hesitant at first, but eventually realizes he likes Jordan's company. Then, Elliot starts to wonder if he himself is gay.

I give this book 3.5 starts. What I really liked about this book was Elliot's character and his process of figuring out his sexual orientation. I also like how he tried to defer bullies from bullying others so no one
Jan 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
I read about 2/3 of this book before I had to quit. In the first half the writing was very hard to get through. Mundane tasks were described in excruciating detail and dragged on for way too long. Much of this book felt like reading a recipe. Once the romance started happening the writing got better, but the content got worse. I hated the idea of Jordan convincing Elliot he was gay, perpetuating the harmful predatory gay stereotype. I hated that holly "handled" the bullying but outing all of ...more
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2020, ya
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Lab Partners is a book about Elliot and his life in high school and his new lab partner Jordan. That's basically it. The plot of the book reads like every contemporary gay online story written in the last 20 years. (view spoiler)

I am not
Reagan Lassiter
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
Thank you to the publishing team and NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book!

This book was a super cute and easy to follow contemporary. I loved following the story of Jordan and Elliot If you love the classic "Wattpad" book, it is perfect for you. The romance was charming and I was rooting for the characters the entire time. I felt there were some plot holes and places where the description went on for too long, but besides that Montgomery's writing style was pleasant and a fun read. I
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Honestly I really wanted to love this book. I really did. However, the best thing about the book is the plot. I just didn’t love the teachers and how they didn’t stop the bullies, or the characters. I didn’t really connect with the characters and because of the disconnect I have little pity when something bad happened and I felt indifferent when they succeeded. Overall, I think the characters need more background as well as the teachers and motives for doing anything.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
DNF 7%

Unfortunately I didn't have to read much of this to realize it clearly was not so much as glanced at by an editor.

I don't mind the idea of traditionally publishing Wattpad books in theory. But, in practice, they should at least be edited otherwise why wouldn't I just read a comparable story on Wattpad?

This just is not going to cut it for me, personally.

ARC provided via NetGalley
Caitlin Siciliano
Jan 11, 2020 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this book, but I could not get into it. The writing style was super odd - mundane tasks, like cooking dinner, were described in excruciating detail. I tried skipping forward in the book, but nothing grabbed my attention. I don't often abandon books before finishing them, but I had to in this case.

Other books have covered similar topics and done it much better.
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
I was really looking forward to this book. I usually read lesbian romance but the plot sounded interesting so thought why not? It’s very rare that I don’t finish a book but sorry I couldn’t finish this one. It was so unbelievable and I just couldn’t get interested in it.
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