by Susannah Nix
Susannah Nix’s Remedial Rocket Science promises to be a “contemporary romantic comedy… like Penny Reid, Sally Thorne, and Jennifer Crusie. This lighthearted slow burn romance is the first in a series of standalone rom-coms featuring geeky heroines who work in STEM fields.”
It holds true to most of that, and I really enjoyed it.
Melody and Jeremy had one hot night during her freshman year of college. Three year’s later she’s graduated, moved to the West Coast and begun working for his mother’s company. The attraction between the two of them is still there (which creates come delicious sexual tension), but *sigh* Jeremy has a girlfriend!
There’s a lot I like about the novel. The characters: Melody is a nerdy girl like me. Love her. Jeremy was raised with more money than sense. He’s charming. But admits to a kinda sleazy past. He’s trying really hard to be a decent guy now, though, so I forgave him. I like that Jeremy’s girlfriend, Lacey, is not portrayed to be an ice queen or the enemy in any way. In fact, she and Melody become friends. Bonus points to Nix for not making more stories in which women tear each other down.
I also like the pacing. This is a slow burn romance and I have great appreciation for those. The moment when Jeremy and Melody make their feelings known to each other is so worth the torturous wait to get there.
There were a few things I didn’t like so much about Remedial Rocket Science, however. Melody is given a boyfriend that died a year before she comes to work for Jeremy’s mother. His tale is summed up in a few lines and is completely pointless. It’s clear he was invented to give Melody a reason to cry on the anniversary of his death, causing Jeremy to find her in tears and then be forced to comfort her. It felt forced to me.
My only other criticism is that I didn’t really fin the novel all that comedic. Light-hearted and fun? Sure. Mildly amusing? Yes. But funny? A stretch. Never did I nearly spit out my Diet Coke while reading a scene. Reid, Thorne and Crusie (mentioned above) have all caused me to endure the pain of carbonation in the sinus cavity. Lesson finally learned: Don’t drink and read Penny Reid.
Nix uses a lot of sarcasm (which I appreciate) and there is terrific banter between Melody and Jeremy. But out-and-out humor? I didn’t find it here.
But let me be clear: I still recommend the book! I just want to reader to have realistic expectations going in. I really enjoyed it. It was the perfect way to spend a stormy Sunday, curled up with a dog and Remedial Rocket Science.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*