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Can’t Beat The Chemistry

I received a free copy of the book in exchange for my honest opinion from Netgalley. Receiving the book for free does not affect my opinion.




Ionic and covalent bonds are a piece of cake for MJ. But human bonds are a little harder …

There are only two things MJ wants in her final year of high school:

1) Glowing grades and …

2) to convince uber-smart, chiselled-jaw Jason they’d be a winning team outside the science lab as well as in.

Tutoring deadbeat drummer, Luke, isn’t part of the plan. After all, he has average intelligence, takes disorganised notes and looks like a partied-out zombie at their study sessions! Not even his taut biceps will win MJ over.

But MJ learns that she could be tutored in a few life lessons too: That sometimes there’s good reason to skip chemistry tutorials. That intelligence is so much more than a grade average.

And that sometimes you can’t beat the chemistry.


It’s pre-med brains that turn me on, not drum belting bleeding hearts.

Mj is often harsh and judgemental. She’s very intelligent when it comes to studies but clueless at social situations and when she decided to tutor her brother’s roommate, Luke, she often comes to realise that her judgements can be wrong.

Through the book, we see how she develops and turns into a girl that is not only more openminded but also more compassionate and kind.

Her parents – specifically her mother – are hard on her and want for her to become a doctor even though that is not what she really wants and MJ learns to fight back and speak up for what she thinks is right along the way.

Somewhere along the way, MJ starts falling for Luke instead of Jason – her brainy Science partner – which is the starting of a cute and authentic love story.

‘Can’t Beat the Chemistry’ is a heartwarming tale about how people are not always what they seem to be and how they can have hidden depths in them that one could never imagine.
I am really glad I read this book because I really enjoyed it!


Anyways, what did you all think of my post? Are you all going to read this book? Have you already read it? what did you think about it? Tell me in the comments below.

-Jayati xx

13 thoughts on “Can’t Beat The Chemistry

  1. Eeek I love it when main characters get a great developmental arc! *waddles to add it to her GR TBR which is shortly going to murder me*

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  2. Ahhhh!!! My tummy’s all warm and mushy reading this! I love it Jayati! It’s such a heartwarming review, matches the genre of the book too.

    *runs to find book*


  3. haha I knew MJ and Luke were going to end up together before finishing the synopsis, I like books like that, where you know the bad boy isn’t so bad at all, and the nerdy girl likes other things aswell. seems like a really cute read which might cheer me up with I’m feeling down. Going to add it to my tbr!

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