From advice columnist Meredith Goldstein, a dazzling, romantic, and emotionally resonant YA debut about a teen science whiz in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who tries to crack the chemical equation for lasting love and instead wreaks havoc on herself and the boys in her life.
For seventeen-year-old Maya, the equation for happiness is simple: a dream internship at MIT + two new science nerd friends + a perfect boyfriend = one amazing summer. Then Whit dumps her out of the blue.
Maya is miserable until she discovers that her scientist mother, before she died, was conducting research on manipulating pheromones to enhance human attraction. If Maya can finish her mother’s work, maybe she can get Whit back. But when her experiment creates chaos in her love life, she realizes that maybe love and loss can’t be understood using the scientific method. Can she learn to trust the unmeasurables of love and attraction instead?
About the Author
Meredith Goldstein is an advice columnist and features reporter for The Boston Globe. She's been writing her column," Love Letters" — a daily dispatch of wisdom for the lovelorn — since 2009, and began hosting the Love Letters podcast in 2018. Her columns get about 1,500 reader comments a day and have received up to 100,000 page views for one entry. Meredith's debut novel, The Singles — about the only dateless guests at a wedding — was released in 2012. Meredith was born in New Jersey, raised in Maryland, and lives in Boston with a carnival-size cotton candy machine and a David Bowie doll. MeredithGoldstein.com Twitter: @MeredithGoldste
"Recommended purchase for a library with a romance fiction following, especially those who can’t get enough of Sarah Dessen."—School Library Journal
"Maya is a clever, funny, and endearing heroine."—Booklist
"The story holds appeal for readers who love romantic reads, but it will also draw the more studious groups who will readily identify with Maya."--VOYA
"Fun, quirky details give this story and its characters a boost."--Kirkus
"There is an intriguing premise at the heart of this romance, and Goldstein provides greater emotional weight as Maya comes to better understand her own grieving process and gain insight into the organic ebbs and flows of authentic love."--Publishers Weekly