Book Review: Imperfect Chemistry

By Mary Frame

Pages: 266
Publication Date: April 20, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance, Chick-Lit, College
Tigger Warning: Mentions of Rape
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐½

I got this book as a ten-book bundle called “Ten Frist Dates“. A romantic comedy anthology. Ten authors, ten stories, all first in their series.

Imperfect Chemistry is a nerdy romantic comedy.

Lucy is a brilliant young microbiologist who is trying to study emotions as pathogens. Think female version of Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory.

A genius and also autistic, Lucy has a hard time understanding and relating to people.

When Lucy is offered a grant to study emotion, she jumps at the opportunity but quickly realizes that she needs help from someone who knows a thing or two about the subject.

Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy’s mysterious and attractive neighbour. Jensen is the opposite of Lucy in every way. He’s emotional, impulsive, and messy. But he’s also kind, caring, and fiercely loyal. Lucy convinces Jensen to help her with her studies, and as they spend more time together, she begins to experience emotions for the first time in her life.

Imperfect Chemistry is a delightful and heartwarming read. Frame’s characters are well-developed and relatable, and the dialogue is witty and charming. The romance between Lucy and Jensen is slow-burning but believable, and their chemistry is undeniable.

One of the things I loved most about Imperfect Chemistry is the way Frame explores the theme of emotional intelligence. Lucy is a brilliant scientist, but she’s also socially awkward and has a hard time understanding her own emotions and the emotions of others. As she works with Jensen and her newfound friend Freya on her study, she learns how to be more open and vulnerable, and begins to appreciate the power of emotion.

Imperfect Chemistry is a perfect read for anyone who loves a good romantic comedy with a nerdy twist. It’s a fun, heartwarming, and thought-provoking novel that will leave you feeling happy and hopeful.

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