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Title: The First Kiss Hypothesis

Author: Christina Mandelski

Publisher: Entangled Teen Crush, Entangled Publishing

Published: November 6th, 2017

Rating: 4/5

Nora is a teen scientist who has a theory that when you first kiss the person who will be the love of your life you’ll know because your reaction will be so strong, it’ll be like an earthquake. She’s developed this hypothesis based on stories told by her Gran Gigi, and is out to kiss as many frogs as necessary to find her prince! She even runs a kissing booth at school events to both raise money for good causes and to give her more opportunities to kiss more of her peers! However, she still can’t get her neighbour and best friend, Eli, out of her head and heart, even though he failed the test when he was her first kiss back when they were thirteen. Now they’re eighteen, plans for college, careers and the future loom large for both of them. They’d planned to go to State together, then Eli shockingly discovers Nora has secretly also applied to Elory without telling him or her Mum. He decides to up his game and try to win her heart but lacrosse, injuries, driving and pie will all have important roles to play before this engaging teen crush can reach its HEA!

This is a delightful teen romance with all the angst and turmoil associated with those times! Told from alternating points of view of Eli and Nora, their anxieties, pressures and emotional upheavals are shared in a manner which makes it easy to empathise with them both – and shows how sometimes friends and family see emotional connections more clearly than the couple concerned! It is an engaging story that I thoroughly enjoyed. It has a great mix of humour, mischief, family drama all shared with a healthy dose of love. Ari is a brilliant secondary character, he’s Eli’s younger brother who says what he thinks and is instrumental in bringing folks to their senses at times – especially if it involves Marie, Sponge Bob or pie!

I requested and received a copy of this novel, via NetGalley. This is my honest review after choosing to read it.


Nora Reid believes scientific laws control everything, even love. With her grandparents’epic first kiss story cemented in her brain, Nora develops a hypothesis she’s determined to prove:for each person in the world, there is exactly one other person, and at first kiss, they’ll experience an immediate and intense reaction.

But after four years of zero-reaction kisses, she comes up with a new theory: maybe that pesky crush on her stunningly hot best friend Eli Costas is skewing her results.

She needs to get rid of him, and fast.

Eli Costas is an injury-prone lacrosse star with a problem—the one chance he had at winning over the girl next door resulted in the most epically sucktastic first kiss ever. And now she’s…trying to get rid of him? Hell no. It’s time to disprove her theory and show her exactly what she’s missing.

Game. On.

Disclaimer: This book contains a stunningly hot lacrosse player who isn’t above playing dirty to win over the stubborn girl-next-door of his dreams.

Buy Links: Amazon (UK)      Amazon (US)      Barnes and Noble

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This entry was posted on November 11, 2017 by in YA.

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