Published by Self-Published on April 23, 2014
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. Having obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of twenty, she's amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her—people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her confuses and intrigues her, so when she's offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity.
Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy's neighbor and the one person she finds appealing. Jensen's life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, and complicated. Basically, the perfect starting point for Lucy's study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what's more important: analyzing her passions...or giving in to them?
Imperfect Chemistry might be one of those few New Adult romance novels that I actually really enjoyed…
In the first of Mary Frame’s Imperfect series, Lucy London has to come up with an experiment testing how emotions work as a pathogen – a nearly impossible feat since she never had a normal childhood in the first place. She’s an absolute genius – in college since thirteen and has a doctorate at twenty or twenty-one.
From the very beginning, Lucy is introduced to us as someone who sounds like a textbook and speaks in tones that are formal. The whole textbook aspect doesn’t backfire here – it’s pretty much expected from someone who’s been in college for awhile. In the process of trying to come up with a hypothesis for her experiment, Lucy tries to become as normal as possible. I personally thought Lucy is absolutely adorable in her attempts to become “normal.” She has a desire to run away around those who cry because she has no clue what to do and the whole “solve heartbreak with PJs and ice cream” experience she has with Taylor Swift quotes mixed in with her usual technicalities.
She’s very much like David in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – they’re both socially awkward, and Lucy definitely has her moments in the book where her extremely awkward side comes out. Lucy just has other moments where her attempt to become normal is cute, hilarious, and funny – it’s just a lot of fun reading how she becomes more social, experiences emotions, and makes some friends at her university instead of wallowing away in loneliness.
The romance in Imperfect Chemistry went hand in hand with the overall plot of the story – Lucy’s experiment isn’t exactly on love, but Frame factors in the romance nicely. Jensen and Lucy certainly don’t banter or have a very entertaining relationship like Alexis and Brett do, but they have an in-depth relationship rather than the whole “finally notice each other and think the other is hot, have sex, live happily ever after” or the whole emotional baggage consisting of running away from the past.
I think it’s just Lucy in general – she’s simply too adorable for words.