Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont
Release Date: April 1st, 2017
Genres: Coming of Age, Contemporary, Depression & Mental Illness, Love & Romance, Young Adult
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.
I’m apologising in advance that this review is going to be vague and probably poorly written. I finished this book a month or two ago but have been too busy studying for exams (which I passed btw) to actually finish this review until now.
Our fantastic Australian talent is so underrated in the overseas market. A few big hits that to make it are super successful, but there are so many true blue masterpieces that are missed by most people. I think THE SECRET SCIENCE OF MAGIC deserves to be one of the hits.
A contemporary that hits close to home
While THE SECRET SCIENCE OF MAGIC has dual narration with chapters being shared by Josh and Sophia. Much of the focus is on Sophia though, and oh boy did I relate to a lot of the stuff she’s going through. I’m not a math nerd, but you bet I’m an overachiever about to graduate with no idea of where my future is going. A lot of high school and uni students will relate to these coming of age experiences.
Anxiety is a strong focus
Another thing I haven’t seen all that much in YA in the past is a look at anxiety and other mental health issues. It’s a subject that is changing and getting more light shed on it thank goodness. Sophia experiences anxiety over her academic life, future, and social interactions, which are all incredibly relatable for me. She often has panic attacks which are written incredibly accurately. The spiralling thoughts and struggle to pull your brain out of the negative pattern can be so hard to articulate and describe to people who haven’t experienced it personally. I hope that it helps people who don’t have anxiety start to understand the struggles.
SMART GIRLS HELL YEAH
SOPHIA’s BRAIN IS AMAZING! She might not have the best social skills, but academically her talents are phenomenal. I wish I had even half her math brain (it was my weakest subject haha). While a lot of girls in contemporary are the quiet, shy, smart type, Sophia’s genius is another level we don’t often see!
They’re so adorable together
JOSH AND SOPHIA ARE SO ADORABLE AND HJKALHDSJKLFHSFJKLSD. So many cute courtships and moments. It’s beautiful. Everyone deserves a precious Josh. My memory is incredibly vague on all the things I enjoyed about this couple, but it was essentially everything about them.
As a studious individual with social anxiety, THE SECRET SCIENCE OF MAGIC had many elements that were very relatable for me. I really enjoyed it and highly recommend this contemporary.
Gush over Sophia and Josh’s adorableness yourself: