Book Review: The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil 

Published in 2017

317 pages

5 out of 5 stars

Goodreads Sypnosis: 

From award-winning YA author Melissa Keil comes this heartwarming contemporary novel about what it means to be extraordinary.

Joshua is good at magic tricks, ignoring his homework, and not thinking about life after year twelve. He’s not so good at talking to Sophia, the genius in his class who he’s had a crush on for years. But with their time together in high school running out, he has to do something about it, soon – because if he’s learned one thing, it’s that timing is everything,

Sophia is smart enough to know that geniuses like her can end up as socially inept recluses. In fact, maybe she’s halfway there already, what with the panic attacks and her best (and only) friend Elsie drifting away. All Sophia can do is seek refuge in what she understands best: maths, science, logic. But there’s no logical explanation for the odd, almost magical things happening around her. And there are some things no amount of study can prepare you for…

My Review:

 This book grabbed me from the start and did not let go! my heart and soul related to Sophia on so many levels, not only from her undying love of Doctor Who, but her general awkwardness and nerdiness; and I loved every minute of this story! Josh is such a precious character too, and I’m excited to read more of this author! 

This is easily one of the best contemporaries I’ve ever read, as I said, I related throughout, and it’s always equally refreshing and comforting to have an awkward MC. I loved the build up of Sophia and Josh’s interaction, this is definitely not your typical romance! The scenes with Sophia and her best friend really pulled at my heart strings, all throughout the book, I could tell Sophia was always doing her best, and I loved how Melissa Keil wrote the friendship between Sophia and Elsie! 

There were some scenes that made me laugh, some made my feels ache, and I felt elated throughout! I loved every moment! I know this is one that I’ll re read, and my mind and heart will grin when I think of this book! 

Happy reading,

Brooklyn 📚

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