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Lab Partners

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  443 ratings  ·  158 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, 264 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Wattpad Books
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Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5 stars.

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
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 st
Alfie Rowland
Jan 12, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: trash
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Gordon Ambos
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars, young-adult, lgbt
I wanted a cute and wholesome story about some weird, gay teens and this book DELIVERED.
Feb 06, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
*ARC received by Netgalley*

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
Jan 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
It's the cover that caught my eyes at first, then the synopsis. A cute YA romance between lab partners? I'm in! I was overjoyed when I received the ARC from NetGalley. I wasn't excepting too much, only a nice and short story that would put me in a good mood.

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
Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs
cw: homophobia, bullying, assault, alcoholism

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
I honestly fell asleep reading this. It was basically the main character spelling out every thought he's ever had. At 10% in, he was assigned a lab partner at school and made pasta at home. That's it.

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
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-lgbtq, lgbtq
I thought this was a very good and cute read. I loved the character of Jordan and wish that I had run into someone like him in high school. I kind of wish that the author had explored Elliot's love of cooking as a way of wrapping up his aimlessness at what to do in college. All in all though, a cute read. ...more
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
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
TW : Bullying , Assault , Homophobia , Hate crime , Internalised Homophobia

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.
Moony (The Burglar Baggins) MeowPoff
Oh! I loved the book from start to finish. i didn't like the comments Eli made about some people, but his character grew within the book. So this was a mix of adorable, cute -grin ear to ear type of book. It was some drama and we see alot what Eli go through, bullying, homophobia and more. But i'm glad i got to read this! ...more
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
A lovely friends to lovers story, with some angst thrown in along the way.

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.
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 underst
Roger Hyttinen
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lab Partners follows a lonely high school senior named Elliot Goldman. He’s sort of an outcast with no friends at school (except for Holly, who is mainly his sister’s friend) and who has been battling incessant bullying since middle school by three boys who seem to especially “have it out” for Elliot.

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
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
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: lgbtq-rep
Lab Partners was a quick, sweet read that was quite predictable, but still entertaining.

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
robbie cowman
Apr 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: gayyyyy
More of a 3.5 star. This book has me pretty engaged the entire time, I finished 90% of it in one day (which is impressive for me). The writing seemed to alternate between mature and juvenile pretty sporadically, which made me want a completely New Adult book from this author so they could explore more of their mature elements. I really loved miss HOLIDAY TUCKER AKA MVP OF THE STORY and Jordan was second to her as my favorite. There were issues I had with Jordan’s character in general but overall ...more
Kera (featherboundbooks)
Jan 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a cute story of a boy’s self discovery. 3.75 stars.

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
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
My Recommendation: Overall, this was a decent read for a debut novel. I enjoyed the story and characters, but overall the poor editing brought the story down for me. I'd recommend to the author (and/or the publisher) to hire a set of good editors who could've cleaned up a lot of these mistakes or made strategic suggestions and easily pushed this from a decent 3-ish star read to a definite 4-4.5 star read.

My Response: What this books needs more than anything, is a good editor: there were continui
Mukta A
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Thanks to Netgalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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
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.
May 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Arc received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
“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

Feb 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways-arc
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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
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Sebas Lopez
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
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Anne Pauline
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
** this ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for a honest review

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
Jan 26, 2020 rated it did not like it
The cover and synopsis initially attracted me to this story but unfortunately, Lab Partners was a struggle for me to finish (I did, because I wanted so badly to like this book, but... Oof.) and I had a few key issues with it.

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
Sandra (booksbysandra)
Thanks to the publisher and netgalley for giving me the opportunity to read this book before publication!

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
Georgia Fradico
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
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