Kissing Ezra Holtz (and Other Things I Did for Science)

Brianna R. Shrum
Kissing Ezra Holtz (and Other Things I Did for Science)
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Sky Pony
Release Date
June 2019
Contemporary Romance, Young Adult Romance

A fun, witty, light-hearted romantic comedy—The Rosie Project, for teens

Seventeen-year-old Amalia Yaabez and Ezra Holtz couldn't be more different. They've known (and avoided) each other their whole lives; she unable to stand his buttoned-up, arrogant, perfect disposition, and he unwilling to deal with her slacker, rule-breaking way of moving through the world.

When they are unhappily paired on an AP Psychology project, they come across an old psychological study that posits that anyone can fall in love with anyone, if you put them through the right scientific, psychological steps. They decide to put that theory to the test for their project, matching couples from different walks of high school life to see if science really can create love.

As they go through the whirlwind of the experiment, Ezra and Amalia realize that maybe it's not just the couples they matched who are falling for each other . . .

Book Review by Ashia (reviewer)
Jun 06, 2019   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
70 people found the following review helpful
The title and the blurb were what got me to request this for review. I thought this would be a fun read, especially since the two protagonists didn't like each other. What I got was an angst-ridden read with a heroine who's got a lot of baggage. And I'm not happy. Titles and blurbs are used to hook the reader in, to get the reader to be interested, but I feel they shouldn't be misleading. When you don't deliver on the expectations you deliberately engineered, then you get one mad reader.

Still…I read on. The only thing I can say is--

Diversity in books is good--and I do believe we need it. Diversity in books allows us to read about people we aren't--LGBTQ, other races, other cultures, etc--and to learn about them, so we can create a greater understanding and tolerance toward one another. But I feel though that some books miss this point about creating understanding and tolerance. Some books jump on the bandwagon and just power through a checklist to be a part of this new trend.

Which I feel is the case here. Bi protagonist? Check. Transgender dads? Check. However, my beef is that I don't see why the heroine has to be bi. She could just as easily be straight. Being bi isn't a source of conflict in the story. So, even if she weren't bi, the story would've been the same. So why did she have to be bi?

I have to admit, I got until 75% in the story and then I decided I couldn't take it anymore. The final straw was a sex scene that I felt was gratuitous. In any case, I do believe this book is suitable only for mature teens.
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