Children’s Book Week review –

The secret science of magic by Melissa Keil

This book is shortlisted for the Children’s Book of the Year 2018 – Older Readers which includes books for a young adult (YA) audience. You can reserve a copy by clicking the cover page or read the e-book using BorrowBox or Overdrive.

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“Sophia is smart. Like, genius-calculator-brain smart. But there are some things no amount of genius can prepare you for, and the messiness of real life is one of them. When everything she knows is falling apart, how can she crack the puzzle of what to do with her life?  Joshua spends his time honing magic tricks and planning how to win Sophia’s heart. But when your best trick is making schoolwork disappear, how do you possibly romance a genius? In life and love, timing is everything.”

A genius and a magician… the perfect love story? This book sounded great but fell short of my expectations. There were some fantastic lines: “The girl in whom I recognised a familiar skin-shifty restlessness, like her molecules were bouncing between different dimensions” and “My brain is capable of calculating falling factorials and multiplying huge numbers without a calculator, which, as Elsie points out, is really only useful as a party trick for a very sad party” but I just wasn’t drawn into the story. The friendships in this book and the message about finding your group were well described. Each character felt realistic and relatable but the plot was weak. I lost interest fairly quickly and had to make myself finish the book so I could write my review!

Have you read this book? Did you agree or disagree with my review? I’ve heard her others are much better, so maybe try them and let me know!
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