- File Size: 552 KB
- Print Length: 158 pages
- Publication Date: April 17, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01DXMYPUM
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #160,673 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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And of course, I love Nero. What's not to love about him? :) His chemistry with Kaya (heh) felt very real and I liked how it was at just the right pace. Of course, that right pace is subjective, but trust me on this. :P Kaya's doubts were understandable, especially for someone who hasn't been in a relationship, which made the grand gestures sweeter and happier - something the characters really deserved.
It must be noted that the supporting characters were also hilarious. I loved, loved the Teddies, and Francis and Phylle, and Kaya's entire family. Other than nerds, I have a soft spot for well-written families in books. :)
This is definitely a book you'd want to read if you're in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) field. I almost forgot that I was a product of this track (Computer Science majors ahoy) until I realized that I understood most of Kaya's nerdy talk. Maybe not all the science talk, but the method and the obsessiveness to detail? Yeah, CS majors have that, too.
Can't wait for the other books in this series. Talking nerdy has never been so romantic.
Aside from Courtney Milan’s The Countess Conspiracy, I haven’t read a lot of romance books where the protagonist is a scientist and it’s filled with countless deduction. That book is subdue in terms of scientific exploration. Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions on the other hand is swarming on it. If you’re not a science person as I’m not, I still reckon you’ll dig this story. As I’d like to call it, this is the tame modern version of A Week to Be Wicked by Tessa Dare.
Kaya Rubio is your typical scientist who is very involved with her research; she doesn’t have any room for anything – much less a love life. Growing up in a tight knit family, she’s constantly reminded of her otherness. She’s a woman of logic and pragmatism unlike her family who are chaotic and flamboyant. Everyone in her family has their own respective partner. This separates her from them even more. Because of that, this drove her to conduct an experiment. A foolproof project that guarantees, she’ll have a suitable boyfriend just in time for her cousin’s wedding.
The story chronicles her every step to failure and success.
I was initially intimated by the rational tone of the story-telling. Kaya’s voice isn’t brimming with emotions. I think that’s the intended point of the author, not because she is a scientist and they’re incapable of human sensations, but because she’s firm and unbending. She functions with methodologically philosophy. It’s quite refreshing once you get use to the concept of the writing.
Kaya’s character speaks to me. There’s no cultural difference, since we’re both Filipinos. We are expected by our community to uphold our traditions. A lot of girls could relate at being constantly terrorized by their relatives because we don’t meet their certain standards, especially at finding your own partner. It’s not something any woman should feel inadequate about. Though somehow, it always niggles at the back of our mind that we are lacking. Kaya’s journey is a prime example of that.
Ensemble of Cast
As I always note in my reviews, I love an ensemble of cast, even more so if they get together and form a certain bond. Beginner’s Guide is a total fanservice of that. We have an eccentric, but supportive family. There’s also the gradual buildup of camaraderie between colleagues that turns into friendship. I love it specifically since Kaya is terrible at making friends, but she tries.
The romance is definitely the cherry on top of this book. Nero and Kaya have the best build up in all the history of buildups. They found familiarity within each other’s company despite their incompatibilities. It’s the kind of toe curling romance that includes scientific experiments that involve around kissing.
“You’re not an experiment, Kaya. You’re not a problem to be solved.”
I cannot recommend this book enough.
Review also posted at Goodreads and HNS.
I liked the first part of the novel, I was totally cracking up at some of Kaya's observations and interactions. I liked Nero, and loved the scene where he told her not to hide her excitement about her work-- to not hide who she was, but to "talk nerdy to him." That was very romantic! So I thought the romance with Nero was promising. But about halfway through I felt like the book lost steam. The experiment metaphor in particular felt stale after a while... I get that I get that Kaya is supposed to be nerdy and awkward, but I just couldn't relate to her constant over-analyzing and framing everything in terms of the scientific method. It undermined the unfolding romance and the relate-ability of her character.
So although I started out really enjoying the book, by the end I had lost interest.
Still, I'd totally be up for trying another book by de los Reyes. The idea was original, and I really like the idea of a romance involving smart geeky science girls. We need more of these!