• Usually I put this section at the end of my review but I’m putting it at the beginning for this book (it’ll be at the end too in case you want to read my review in traditional form):
    • The good:
      • There’s a lot of remarks about not needing a relationship and relationships not relating to net worth of a person.
      • There’s a lot of good stuff about loving yourself as yourself and not comparing yourself to the world’s standards.
      • The otp will make you cry tears of happiness and frustration
        • Yes that’s a good thing.
      • The execution of this story (most especially the writing) is spot on.
      • WOC IN STEM
    • The bad:
      • There’s some non-friendly comments regarding asexuality. Be aware of that. This story was really sweet and adorable and I loved it, but a few comments were off kilter and I’m sure people who identify as asexual will NOT appreciate them.
  • The writing kind of puts me off, it’s a lot more formal than I was expecting.
  • OK, I almost gave it up because writing heavily affects me, but after a few pages I got used to it. So if at first you’re taken aback, try for a few pages.
  • Also can we just talk about the aesthetic of the character. Established RIGHT from the getgo, like just listen to these descriptions:
    • “I had to take my mental well-being after the socialization and the consequences that would manifest in the morning.”
    • “I had abandoned casual and recreational socializations on the basis that the probability of success did not justify the effort and repeated reinforcement that I am undesirable.”
  • She’s been told to make small talk at all possible times, but THIS IS THE BIGGEST LIE. I think this is probably one of the biggest disservices society has taught us. It says not to talk about what you’re passionate about and what you love because people will reject you. THIS IS SO DUMB.
  • HER FAMILY. This is also what it was like going to college where everyone get’s married young, “Who are you dating?” then “When are you getting married?” and finally, “When are you having children?” An endless cycle? Oh I didn’t realize I was open to discussing my private life with everyone. Although with her family it’s only a tiny bit less invasive.
  • LOL AT THIS PART: “‘You should think about your ovaries!’ Tita Maricris was not an obstetrician or a gynecologist so I did not find it necessary to accept her commentary on my internal organs.”
  • “You’ll find the right guy soon enough,” not everyone needs or wants the right guy, and that’s OK!
  • “It’s not necessarily a problem to be solved, I think. Just something I need to understand.” YES! THIS! I.E. RELATIONSHIPS!
  • There’s a lot of great stuff in here about self worth and how your romantic relationship, or lack thereof, doesn’t determine your worth.
  • Oh my gosh. In Lab is so adorable!!! Why doesn’t the US have themed cafes???
  • HA, yes “attractive” people have just won a lottery.
  • Also YES “relative” attractiveness is also mentioned, where has this e-book been all my life??
  • So regarding all the science stuff she’s explaining about the study to Nero, I’m so glad he’s here because half the time I don’t understand what she’s saying when she’s talking about science (I don’t have a science inclined mind) so he’s there to dumb it down for me.
  • UM YES I’M SO ON BOARD WITH NERO AS A LOVE INTEREST.
  • Lol, of course he heavily flirted with her all night and called her beautiful in not so many words but she didn’t notice brb crying.
  • Just PSA being a physician and a creep are not mutually exclusive.
  • Alright, just high tail it out of there, he completely insulted her profession and her work bye.
  • I have a confession, I had to reread so many sentences in this book because I really didn’t understand some sciencey concepts and so I had to look up the books and make sure I was understanding it correctly.
  • “Similar to tasting the sugar levels in your beverage or the temperature in the room.” Um it’s the same as love my dear.
  • OK, but if she gets together with Nero and then goes somewhere else (like Okinawa) how are they going to be together, I need them to be together.
  • NERO WALKED HER HOME STOP.
  • Aw, Nero’s jealous in that trying-to-be-subtle-way-but-everyone-can-see-through-it way.
  • Oh my gosh, he’s so tender and his feelings are so hurt. “For science,” is going to be their catch phrase.
  • SHE’S GOING TO USE NERO AS A (negative) CONTROL AND HOW IS THIS GOING TO TURN OUT?
    • Speaking of, what is the difference between a control and negative control?
  • She’s cleaning his room LOL.
  • So far since I’ve declared it, the phrase “for science” has been used at least 2 times in precisely 25 pages. I’m convinced.
  • Nero is so pure, he’s too pure for this world. His speech about talking about what you’re passionate about and people shouldn’t tell you to stop talking about something you love is 1000000x what I want to see in every single character (friends and love interests) for the rest of eternity.
  • Nero apologizing is EVERYTHING, like can we have more apologies like this? He doesn’t even care if he’s right or not, he just cares that he hurt her feelings.
  • Oh my gosh, I mean in the back of my mind I was like, “She’s going back with all her ‘friends’ and she didn’t even invite Nero, what’s going to happen when he finds out? But thankfully she just invited him and he’s happy.
    • On a different note, it’s an overnight trip and Nero didn’t grab any overnight supplies.
  • “You can join any time you like but you can never leave,” LOL why was that so morbid? Did anyone think of “Hotel California” while reading it?
  • “People talk. That is human nature. How I respond to it decides the balance of my well-being.” Well said, can we all just marvel at the wisdom in this quote?
  • OK her family is kind of awful. None of them actually believe Nero would be interested in Maya? WTH family???
  • “I need to see this version of you” STOOOOOOP
  • OK can we just talk about Karaoke and how United States people (in my experience) need to get over themselves and just enjoy it and embarrass themselves (I kind of have this problem too actually)??? They have no clue how to party (myself included).
  • Nero is officially one of my new favorite love interests, he’s just so sweet and considerate and adorable and supportive.
  • YES thank you. Porn is not how sex works the end.
  • Yes. Consent. Out loud. I don’t know if I’m just been reading the wrong books (i.e. without consent) and now I’ve found lots of good books, but all of a sudden I’ve been finding consent in books all over the place and it GIVES. ME. LIFE.
  • OK, but don’t draw this out into a love triangle because we already have enough to work with as it is please and thank you.
  • No one wants to deal with emotional consequences.
  • NO STOP WHY ARE THEY FIGHTING THIS IS THE WORST I DON’T WANT TO BE READING THIS.
  • STOP, Nero just CONFESSED. HIS. LOVE. FOR. KAYA. AND. IT. LITERALLY. HAD. NO AFFECT.
  • Oh my gosh, she’s petty af for bringing Thomas into this argument.
  • IF NERO ISN’T AT THE HOTEL I’M A RABBIT IN A MAGICIAN’S HAT.
  • YES I KNEW IT.
  • Yes, we’re tired of reading aphobic comments please leave those in the darkest recesses of the trash can please and thank you in advance.
  • OK but this part is SO FUNNY, Thomas is HILARIOUS and so conniving!!
    • “Thomas just said we should casually mention the thing, and whatever Nero’s greatest fear was, it would fill in the blanks.”
  • 8/10—Something I love about this book is that Kaya grew as a person and came out of her shell, but not because Nero told her she should. She did that as a result of encouragement of friends she didn’t know she had, and because of personal goals. Like YES.
    • The good:
      • There’s a lot of remarks about not needing a relationship and relationships not relating to net worth of a person.
      • There’s a lot of good stuff about loving yourself as yourself and not comparing yourself to the world’s standards.
      • The otp will make you cry tears of happiness and frustration
        • Yes that’s a good thing.
      • The execution of this story (most especially the writing) is spot on.
    • The bad:
      • There’s some non-friendly comments regarding asexuality. Be aware of that. This story was really sweet and adorable and I loved it, but a few comments were off kilter and I’m sure people who identify as asexual will NOT appreciate them.
    • Favorite quotes not mentioned above:
      • “Over analysis leads to paralysis.”
      • “I wasn’t merely not un-happy. I was happy”
      • “You can’t correct who you are as if you’re a mistake.”
      • “Love never happens the way you want it to.”
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