Jun 1, 2017 - Book Reviews    No Comments

Book Review: THE SECRET SCIENCE OF MAGIC by Melissa Keil

A captivating novel about two extraordinary teens, and the unsolvable problem of life after high school.

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.

While I’m not a super huge fan of YA contemporary, Melissa Keil is a HUGE exception because I adore her and I adore her writing, and with this book she doesn’t let me down at all.

It would be very easy to go “oh no not another coming of age novel” but Melissa Keil is so good at capturing the myriad of thoughts and fears and emotions of teenagers at that stage that it instantly takes me back to how I felt going through the same things. I especially related to Sophia and her social anxiety, which manifests in a way that makes me think she might be on the autism spectrum, but this is unfortunately never addressed in the book. What is addressed though, is how terrifying both Joshua and Sophia are finding the next stage of their lives, in their own individual ways.

I also enjoyed the slow build of their relationship as it moved from tentative friendship into something more. It was gentle and sweet and lovely. A huge highlight was a cameo appearance from characters in another of Keil’s books, and now I just really want a crossover novel. Please and thank you.

This is definitely a book that will be making it onto my reread shelf, and I’d recommend it to anyone about to tackle changes in their lives, regardless of their age.

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