ARC Elements of Chemistry: Attraction by Penny Reid

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Elements of Chemistry, part 1

One week.

Private beach.

Invisible girl.

Jerk-faced bully.

What’s the worst that could happen?

Kaitlyn Parker has no problem being the invisible girl, which is why she finds herself hiding in various cabinets and closets all over her college campus. Despite her best efforts, she can’t escape the notice of Martin Sandeke—bad boy, jerkface bully, and the universe’s hottest, wealthiest, and most unobtainable bachelor—who also happens to be Kaitlyn’s chemistry lab partner.

Kaitlyn might be the only girl who isn’t interested in exploiting his stunning rower’s build, chiseled features, and family's billionaire fortune. Kaitlyn wants Martin for his brain, specifically to tabulate findings of trace elements in surface water.

When Kaitlyn saves Martin from a nefarious plot, Martin uses the opportunity to push Kaitlyn out of her comfort zone: spring break, one week, house parties, bathing suits, and suntan lotion. Can she overcome her aversion to being noticed? Will he be able grow beyond his self-centered nature? Or, despite their obvious chemistry, will Martin be the one to drive Kaitlyn into the science cabinet of obscurity for good?


I was excited to start reading Elements of Chemistry. I remember reading the short story that is the first few chapters and that was hot so I expected this book to just be amazing. Unfortunately it wasn't absolutely amazing like I had hoped. I am a huge Penny Reid fan, have read all of her works, but this one just wasn't up to the same level as the other ones were. At least for me. I am not sure what exactly it was, but it was just okay. Really this ends in a cliffhanger and I got to the last page and was just like okay, cool. Not OMG I need the next book now to see what happens!! Just okay, well whenever the next one comes out is fine. I figured what was actually happening at the end and am just hoping it is not too much drama lama in the beginning of the next section.

I think my biggest issue with this story is Kaitlyn. She is this quiet, keep to herself girl. She is the beautiful girl who wears baggy clothes and doesn't think she is beautiful. Whenever anyone tells her she is good looking she scoffs at them. Really she always brushes off compliments as that is what she does. I realized while reading this she is a lot like Annie from The Hooker and the Hermit, which if you read my review the other day you know I did not enjoy her. Kaitlyn is not as big a hermit as Annie, but she is similar. She keeps to herself, hides in the closet at times, just is not good around a lot of people and just bugged me. I don't know what exactly it is about the two of them that I dislike so much. Maybe just how insecure they are or something. I can't put my finger on what it is, but something about them I don't like that much.

Martin is the hot guy on campus. He is rich and suddenly seems to take an interest in Kaitlyn, at least in Kaitlyn's mind. The problem? Kaitlyn doesn't really want to pursue this as she knows he is a jerk face and will make her cry. She saw him be mean like twice so she has extrapolated that as well as stories about him to mean that he is a jerk face to everyone. Only when he kisses her she responds. When he kisses her and asks her to go away for spring break with him and his friends she promises to. Then when she returns to her senses she is not as excited about that idea. I mean she would be happy to just sit in her room and read. She is a loner, not a group kind of person. And Martin will end up making her cry. He just will because she knows he is a jerk face.

Kaitlyn does get dragged along on spring break with her friend and roommate in tow. Things are alright once they get there and this is just the first part of the story. Martin tries to win Kaitlyn over, but she is not that easy. He keeps asking her to give this a try, and she says she is but she never really does. While I didn't hate her, Kaitlyn's constant this is not going to work out or not wanting to really be with Martin did annoy me a bit. He obviously wants this so either give it a go or actually say no to him and stop all this. We shall see what happens in the next part of the story. It wasn't a terrible read, it just wasn't as good as Penny's other books. In my opinion at least. I am hoping the next parts will be better and it will turn into an amazing story all together.

Rating: ★ ★ ★


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