Organic Chemistry by Andrew Grey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
WHY????? Totally sad as this is just a novella and not a full length novel. It's just too short!
Organic Chemistry by Andrew Grey is about Brendon Marcus who lives for his work. A boy genius who fast-tracked his way to college professor by his early twenties, he doesn’t know any other way to be. People confound him. So when Josh Horton, the assistant football coach, pursues him, Brendon isn’t sure what to make of him.
Josh has his own problems. His successful parents aren’t particularly happy with his career path, and some of the players don’t like having a gay assistant coach. He begins to have doubts, but Brendon makes the world look a little brighter.
But when Brendon’s department head starts to make trouble, Josh and Brendon discover that standing up for each other is the first step to standing up for themselves.
And once again: WHY?
Totally sobbing here.
Is this it?
Is this all there is to it?
Some say its not one of the better ones; some say they had a problem with the character of Brendon; some were thrown off; I just say that IT WAS TOO DARNED SHORT!
Andrew Grey is one of my favorite authors and this was just a tease, IMO. When I first took a look at the chapters, I was quite surprised that there were only 5.
All I could think of was just that number: 5.
What kind of story would fit in five chapters when one has to consider the style of Mr. Grey?
Brendon reminds me of my cousin: her IQ is off the charts too and she had a lot to catch up with in terms of how not to be too analytical with regards to relationships. Somehow, all of us cousins managed to educate her that not all things can be calculated. So Brendon was not a throw off for me, he was quite familiar in more ways than one.
Josh was a stereotypical jock who just happened to be a gay coach in a world that is just still slowly just accepting the fact that there are people out there who are not the typical Joe. So, as a character, he was quite typical.
This atypical romance between a jock and a geek is an exhausted topic IMO but Andrew Grey just manages to make it better, make it more real, and make it much easier for readers to comprehend that yes, there are geniuses out there who also want to have a relationship - they are humans too.
However, at the end of the book, I was just so disappointed that there was not another chapter. Just a teensy, weensy, short chapter that would close this terrific book. I wish now that this were an ARC and I had the courage to ask for another chapter.
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