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Caleb has always assumed that when she was ready for romance, Evie would choose him. Because he is her best friend, and he loves her, and he has almost kissed her 17 times...

Seventeen-year-old Evie Beckham has never been interested in dating. She's been fully occupied by her love of mathematics and her frequent battles with anxiety (and besides, she's always found the ide
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Hardcover, 368 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Harry N. Abrams (first published March 24th 2020)
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zaira
Jun 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Entanglement, like love, isn’t something that happens to you. It’s a choice you make.”


tw: panic attacks, anxiety

First of all… that cover! That title! It just drew me in immediately. I’m a sucker for the childhood best friends to lovers trope. The bonus in this book? He fell first. I also love reading about characters who are very intelligent in the STEM field and I definitely got that from the two main characters, Evie and Caleb.

Evie is nothing short of amazing. She’s very intelligent,
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Robin
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arcs, not-for-me
↠ 1.5 stars

There is nothing sadder than being let down by a book that, for all intents and purposes, you were really exited to read. The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss follows two best friends, Evie and Caleb, as they navigate academics, life, and their complicated feelings for one another. Caleb has always felt like he and Evie were meant to be more than friends, but kept his distance as to not ruin their friendship. When Evie expresses interest in another student, he takes that to mean s
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Angelica
Jan 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
Ok, so this was cute.

Far cuter than I expected it to be, although looking at that pink cover full of adorable illustrations, I had a feeling it was going to be cute. I was genuinely smiling half the time I was reading. It's been so long since a book made me smile, I was starting to lose hope! This was exactly the rom-com type novel I needed, and it came up at the perfect time.

This book is, obviously, a love story. It follows Caleb, who is helplessly in love with his best friend, and Evie, who is
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Berit☀️✨
Totally adorable! OK first of all you guys that title! Not going to lie that’s why I requested this book I just could not resist that title... so good! Lucky for me the story was just as cute as the title. Evie and Caleb have been BFFs since kindergarten. they now are even at the same prestigious boarding school that emphasizes STEM. Caleb has a huge crush on Evie but has never confessed this to her thinking she was not ready for a relationship. So when Evie starts dating Leo Caleb does not know ...more
Bookish Penguin
Isn't it weird that the German copy got released before the original english one? :') ...more
Sylvie
Feb 10, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

Here's a list of reasons this book might be what you're looking for in a YA:

- Has similair themes to 'Alex, Aproximately' or 'You've Got Mail'.
- Gives Kdrama set in highshool vibes. (I don't know why, but I thought about True Beauty while writing this sentence).
- Best friends to more trope. (A personal favorite)
- Love triangle. (I don't like it at all, but in most ya's it's ''necessary'')
- Loveable side-characters.
- Smart, determined and academic teenagers.

Overall, I enjoyed reading th
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
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mika
Sep 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
TW:
Anxiety and panic attacks.

This was adorable! Please, I loved every moment of it.

The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss is a young adult, contemporary romance. I'm gonna be honest with you, I have probably only ever read two good contemporary novels before reading this, but this book was something else. It really exceeded my expectations. (Also, can we take a moment to appreciate the art that is this cover?)

So a run down of what the book is about (spoiler free, duh). It's a dual pov bet
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Alaina
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss was all kinds of cute and predictable. In it, you will meet two best friends that eventually start to become a bit more (romantically). After meeting Caleb and Evie, well - in the beginning it was a bit awkward. I honestly wasn't sure what was going on or what was going to happen between them. It was just a really awkward friend-zone thing going on.

Caleb and Evie both had some pros a
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Kelly
Dec 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-arcs
This book is a YA romance between two best friends. Caleb always wanted to be more than just friends and one day, an almost kiss happens but Evie quickly turns him down, saying no. After that, Caleb tries to do some damage control but he hasn't forgotten what he wants and he still hopes to get there someday. When Evie has her first boyfriend, Caleb ends up chatting with her under a false name to get closer to her.

Overall, for me, this was an okay story and I like that the book included mental h
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Ariel
Nov 06, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: edelweiss, ya, dnf, blog-tour
I had high hopes for this book and, unfortunately, they were all squashed pretty quickly.

From the beginning, I was trying to figure out why I needed the information and chapters that were laid out. It all kinda felt like fluff and I kept waiting for the "real" story to come. It never really did.

Also, the voices of Caleb and Evie kinda felt the same. I appreciated that I was able to see into the minds of both of these characters, but after a while, they sounded like the same person.

As well, each
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♠ TABI⁷ ♠
Jun 09, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: netgalley
HNGGG THIS SOUNDS SO GOOD I ADORE THE TROPE OF BEST-FRIENDS-TO-MORE AHHHHHHHHHHH
Aly
Pretty cute and easy to listen to.

To start off, I liked that in this story it was the guy pining over the girl. Caleb was in love with Evie and she was the one saying no to a relationship and dating another guy. So often it's the girl wanting the guy to notice her or see her as more than a friend so I appreciated the change. I didn't like that Caleb dated every other girl at school (almost literally.) It made him a player and wasn't fair to the other girls that he didn't really care about and o
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hali
Aug 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"For the rest of their existence, however far apart they are, what happens to one will affect the other."

Thank you to Edelweiss and Amulet Books Publishing for providing me with an E-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Quantum Weirdness of The Almost Kiss is truly unlike any book I've ever read before. With the intellectual quality of An Abundance of Katherines by John Green, and an adorable, romantic plot that is reminiscent of the movie You've Got Mail, I found myself unable
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Leah
DNF at 41%

This could have been a super cute YA - I'm a HUGE fan of the boy-next-door, we've-been-best-friends-forever trope - but it just didn't work for me. For starters, Caleb. He's been in love with Evie for years and when they were 16 finally told her how he felt...and she immediately said she didn't feel the same, she wasn't interested. These almost-kisses the title mentions? Completely in Caleb's head: "At this point, Evie and I had nine almost-kisses between us, but she'd never given a si
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Teresa
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, netgalley
Thank you to NetGalley, Amy Noelle Parks, Nick Mondelli, Elizabeth Cottle, Dreamscape Media, and Amulet Books for the opportunity to listen to The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss via the NetGalley Shelf app.

I listened to the audiobook version of this book on the NetGalley Shelf app and it was amazing and engaging! Nick Mondelli reads the part of Caleb while Elizabeth Cottle voices the part of Evie. Their voice acting is well-done, animated, and an absolute joy to listen to!

This is a super c
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Lisa
Dec 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Thanks to NetGalley for a arc copy for a honest review.

The Quantum Weirdness of the Almost-Kiss was a contemporary YA. I loved Caleb I didn’t think he deserved Evie. I did not like her no matter how I tried. I like the premises of the story a 3 star read

Happy Reading
Lisa
Emma R
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to the publisher and NetGalley for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

This book gave me the same cute, light, and sweet feels that books like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before but with a little more depth. Friends to love is one of my favorite tropes and this one was stellar! The characters battling mental illness, expectations of family, growing up, pressures to succeed, and more are all relatable struggles for YA readers whether they’re living it now
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Alice
Jun 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Contemporary romance set in an academy/boarding school fans
This is a very cute friends-to-lovers YA contemporary that I read in two days.

The writing made the story so easy to slide through and the characters were sweet and relatable.

There are heavy maths and physics (personally, yuck xD) but also a lovely romance, feminist vibes, and a lot of mental health discussion.

I felt like putting together an aesthetic for it, but the cover is all the aesthetic you need.
Szofi96
Apr 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Loved it! Really cute story of two best friends.
zoë
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was ok
I am so so so so sad and annoyed that I didn't like this as much as I wanted to. I haven't read a YA book in so long, and I was really looking forward to this one because friends to lovers is my favorite trope. It started off good...and then I go to the second chapter. From then on, everything went downhill and I had to DNF at 67%.

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Moony (The Burglar Baggins) MeowPoff
* i got this E-ARC in exhange for a honest review at Edelweiss+ *
TW: Anixeity, panic attacks, Spiders (?)


THIS WAS SO ADORABLE!
Evie is such a relatable character when it comes to mentalh health and i love her relationship with Caleb. Sometimes they were just dummies who really needed to get smacked in the head but that was because they did not see what we saw (Leo, Bex, Caleb`s mom, Brian... ect ect - you get the gist.) I must admit i did not understand half of the phsycic thing, but that was
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Katie
Aug 22, 2020 rated it liked it
I was really excited to read this book because it sounded super cute and I loved that the main character loves math, but unfortunately, the execution didn't work so well for me. There are some things I really enjoyed about this book. For example, I thought the mental health rep was really good and I liked seeing Evie's journey in working through it, as well as the struggles she put up with from her mother not understanding what she needed. I also enjoyed all of the characters on their own (Bex w ...more
Zahira⚡️ Azriel’s mate
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
𝑳𝒆𝒕 𝒎𝒆 𝒈𝒊𝒗𝒆 𝒂 𝒉𝒖𝒈𝒆 𝒕𝒉𝒂𝒏𝒌𝒔 𝒕𝒐 @tours.terminal 𝒇𝒐𝒓 𝒍𝒆𝒕𝒕𝒊𝒏𝒈 𝒎𝒆 𝒃𝒆 𝒑𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝒐𝒇 𝒕𝒉𝒊𝒔 𝒃𝒐𝒐𝒌 𝒕𝒐𝒖𝒓!

↠ First, that title intrigued me. The cover is adorable. When I learned that this was a childhood best friends to lovers, I immediately wanted to read it. We follow Evie & Caleb who are friends since forever. They're both smart and love to resolve mathematic & physics problems. Their relationship was so adorable and heartwarming that I couldn’t help but root for them.

↠ Evie is ruled by logic and maths so feelin
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Brooklyn Blogs Books
Jul 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, arcs, 2021
Let me start off by saying: THE COVER. THE TITLE. The title is unique enough to catch my eye, and the cover is (nearly) pretty enough to justify buying it for that and that alone.

“Jesus, Evie. This isn’t a Frontier paper. It’s a dissertation.”

(Frontier is the “prestigious physics competition”)

Evie is brilliant. What the synopsis doesn’t explain is that she does not just love math, she’s a physics and math prodigy and attends an incredibly elite STEM boarding school that sounds amazing and horrib
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Belle Ellrich
Dec 30, 2020 rated it did not like it
*I WAS PROVIDED A PHYSICAL GALLEY FOR THE PURPOSE OF A TOUR. THIS DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION*

I was really hoping to like this book, but it let me down in more ways than one.

The book started off okay, until I realized that Caleb--one of the main characters in this book--was essentially an obsessive and creepy guy. It was revealed to us that Evie had rejected him in the past and told him she didn't see him that way, but instead of backing off like a decent human being, he continued pining after he
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Debbie Gascoyne
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, ya, netgalley, arc, romance
I thoroughly enjoyed this light but thoughtful YA romance, which reminded me somewhat of Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (high praise). As in that novel, the story unfolds through the POVs of two characters: Caleb and Evie, who have been friends since childhood and now are seniors (I think) at a prestigious boarding school for bright students. Evie is brilliant at math and physics; Caleb is a whiz at coding. Together they enter a nationwide science contest. Meanwhile, Caleb has been in love w ...more
Emily
~ Thank you to Edelweiss and Amulet Books for providing me with an early copy in exchange for honest review! ~

'Sometimes it's really hard to know what you want.'

This book did a lot of things right for me. Evie lives with anxiety (and has very similar views on it as I do) and also possesses a deep love for mathematics, so we have a lot in common. What I don't quite have in common with her, but I wish I did (sigh...), is her best friend Caleb.

Caleb is one of the best male characters I've read in a
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Kit
Nov 11, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Why do people think this is cute and sweet?! Boy EXPECTS his friend, "when she's ready for romance" to just jump into his arms, then CATFISHES her because she has feelings for another boy???? Are you KIDDING ME?! THIS IS SO GROSS AND WEIRD AND CREEPY AF!!!!!

I get the E&P comp, because Eleanor was creepy AF, too, but, as much as I disliked Anna and the French Kiss, no one was a creep!
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Sarah {The Clever Reader}
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021-ya-debuts
This book was so adorable. I enjoyed Evie's quirky personality and Caleb's quick wit. I found Caleb's support of Evie very endearing and was not surprised they'd fall for each other.

Evie struggles with anxiety and it doesn't help that her mother is almost just as anxious about Evie's anxiety which puts a huge strain on their relationship. I could feel the tension between the two of them and felt that it was very representative of how a parent can also be consumed by the ailments of their childr
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