The Secret Science Of Magic

Melissa Keil

Hardie Grant Egmont

April 2017

$19.99 AU

324p pb

ISBN: 978-1760127763

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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.

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The Secret Science of Magic, by Melissa Keil, is a beautiful romance/teen issues novel. The Secret Science of Magic focuses on a mediocre magician trying to win the heart of an introverted anxiety-filled genius. The novel switches between both perspectives, giving two unique insights that helps the reader see the full picture.

I think that this novel is suitable for 13-20 year olds, as it does feature some mild coarse language. The novel covers themes that aren't usually talked about in other novels, for example, anxiety and isolation, however, it also features themes such as romance, friendship, and acceptance. Some things I liked about the book were how delicate it is in describing Sophia's anxiety. It didn't make a mock of it, or belittle it, but also showed that it does not define a person. I also loved how the chemistry built between the two main characters, didn't seem rushed or forced. The book is very easy to read, there were not any confusing parts or advanced words, but it was very detailed and descriptive, so it was engaging the whole way through. It is beautifully written and a thoughtful and engaging story.

 Kimberley, age 15

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