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My Mechanical Romance: An Opposites-attract YA Romance from the Bestselling Author of The Atlas Six

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I mean let’s be honest I feel like a lot of women would react similarly after so many years of fighting and not being respected. Voss, we see Bel flourish in both robotics and Physics, furthering her interest and passion in STEM.

I’m afraid the hero, Teo, didn’t come across quite as successfully to me: he’s very charming and I got the broad outlines of his character (he’s the son of a very successful tech billionaire, who puts a huge amount of pressure on him to succeed) but, even though the book is told in dual POV between him and Bel, his emotional arc felt less coherent. it's perfect if you want to have a laugh and also swoon over another fictional guy (teo is amazing 🤭) who adores his girlfriend. Teenage Bel was equal to anxious Bel because of the constant need to figure out her future because everyone around her in school or in home had plans for their future and all she could do is just listen to them telling her "You should do that", "You should try this thing or that thing". Building robots is not how I picture a good time, but this kept me engaged and glued to the page the whole time. It’s like everything we’ve ever learned about force in physics, about materials that connect, about strong bonds and magnetic ones, about gravity and mystery.There were so many instances when she was competing in robotics where people on the opposite teams said she was just "diversity points" or "token diversity girl.

Tuna (yes i will be refering to him as that now) was average ( i will proably be using that a lot) hes not too special, everything a love interest could be. The diversity of the characters and the cultural references made throughout are just another refreshing reason to love this book! the way teo listened to taylor swift’s discography just to listen to bel’s favorite lyrics and memorize them to make her smile? A big aspect of this book centers on how Bel is overlooked on the team and issues of misogyny lurk under a lot of the interactions.And as the nights of after–school work grow longer, Bel and Teo realize they've made more than just a combat–ready robot for the championship: they’ve made a connection themselves. It was about find out what you want, what are good at and how much you love what you do, or also how's not easy make your way in some fields.

I’ve always believed that there’s a possibility for everything in the world to collide for a single perfect moment, and that sometimes, if you’re lucky, you get to have one for yourself. I'm a nerd, something that I openly admit, and seeing all of the main characters have the same love for learning that I did especially in the STEM fields felt so amazing.I want to do Psychology, and while that was not represented, I have taken lots of other STEM classes that are both hard and so rewarding. I really liked how he also learned to recognize the signs of subtle sexism present in his own school, robotics team, and the competitions in general. The characters and their friends just had such great connections with each other, and it was interesting diving deeper into the side character's lives. I'm honestly not sure what I was expecting, but I've seen nothing but praises for this new try-out from Olivie Blake. I really liked that the characters are so realistic, they are each going through a unique challenge and trying to find their own way.

It only got better closer to the end, after some initial character introductions and adding some various settings. Even the people that placed expectations on her to go somewhere big and prestigious didn't shame her for it. Both characters have complicated family dynamics and being a teenager while trying to deal with all of that and your future at the same time.ve seen some people who have just adored this book so check out other reviews or give it a shot yourself! It could have been SOOO much better, if only Teo and Bel were academic rivals and enemies for a longer time. But as they work together on the robot after school they learn that they can create a well-built robot for the Championship and make room for each other in their life. I kind of legitimately teared up at the end, partly over the book but mostly because I just feel strongly about young women in STEM.

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