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Chemistry
Chemistry | Weike Wang
Praised by Ha Jin as "a genuine piece of literature: wise, humorous, and moving," and perfect for readers of Lab Girl and Celeste Ng's Everything I Never Told You, a luminous coming-of-age novel about a young female scientist who must recalibrate her life when her academic career goes off track. Three years into her graduate studies at a demanding Boston university, the unnamed narrator of this nimbly wry, concise debut finds her one-time love for chemistry is more hypothesis than reality. She's tormented by her failed research--and reminded of her delays by her peers, her advisor, and most of all by her Chinese parents, who have always expected nothing short of excellence from her throughout her life. But there's another, nonscientific question looming: the marriage proposal from her devoted boyfriend, a fellow scientist, whose path through academia has been relatively free of obstacles, and with whom she can't make a life before finding success on her own. Eventually, the pressure mounts so high that she must leave everything she thought she knew about her future, and herself, behind. And for the first time, she's confronted with a question she won't find the answer to in a textbook: What do I really want? Over the next two years, this winningly flawed, disarmingly insightful heroine learns the formulas and equations for a different kind of chemistry--one in which the reactions can't be quantified, measured, and analyzed; one that can be studied only in the mysterious language of the heart. Taking us deep inside her scattered, searching mind, here is a brilliant new literary voice that astutely juxtaposes the elegance of science, the anxieties of finding a place in the world, and the sacrifices made for love and family.
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Graciouswarriorprincess
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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I discovered a Free Little Library at work today and grabbed these two BOTM books. I will drop off several books on Monday.

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nvhXesq
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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And just like that, the shared experience of being “other.” #readharderchallenge #microagressions #nonwhiteinAmerica

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patriciathang
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Pickpick

Such a lovely, unique novel that explores the pressures and expectations that come from being a woman in science and an immigrant.

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KerryLibME
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Current audiobook

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JoyBlue
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Mehso-so

Didn't excite me, but points for being different. Interesting that many characters (including the narrator) don't have (aren't referred to by) names, but narrator's boyfriend, Eric, does (is).

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Breanne1
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Mehso-so

An old #botm selection I finally picked off my TBR list. I‘m just not sure about this one...I enjoyed the science references and even the feeling of getting a glimpse inside her stream of consciousness. But at the end of it all I just felt...indifferent.

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Jessicaanne
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Different day, different book, same airport.

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azulaco
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Studies have shown that the brain feels exclusion not like a broken heart but like a broken bone. It is physical pain that the brain feels.

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azulaco
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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I am enjoying this book more than I thought I would. The writing is clever and engaging. But wow, is this poor narrator‘s family emotionally messed up.

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CorLie
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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I liked this one. Chic-lit/coming of age, but from a slightly different perspective and background than the "usual" one. And that specificity let it to being unique whole still making some of the themes very relatable. The main character has a distinct voice that for in with her background and added to the story.
I liked this one.
#ReadHarder
#ReadHarder2019 - A book by a woman and/or AOC that won a literary award in 2018

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CorLie
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CorLie
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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So true

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CorLie
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Jillsmith
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Pickpick

On my TBR list for way too long - really enjoyed this, it‘s kind of sad though!

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Librariana
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Took myself out to lunch last week and this was my reading companion. This is our current #bookclubread, but I'm also listening to "the life-changing magic of not giving a f*ck". This last one has gotten a little repetitive for me and I don't necessarily agree with the majority of her sentiments, but it's definitely been helpful in questioning some of my habits and putting things in perspective.

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MicheleinPhilly
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Despite it‘s short length this one took me a very long time to get into. I enjoyed the story and the structure but the narrator‘s voice was a bit much. At times I felt like I was trying to follow a hummingbird. It was stressful to the point where I was identifying with Eric‘s exasperation. It wasn‘t until Part 2 that I found myself enjoying it fully. I may read this again someday but also, maybe not. 😉 3.75🌟

Reggie I felt bad because I think it was her mother who built in that self-sabotage. But I did love this. And I loved the friend‘s side story. 7mo
Ashley_Nicoletto This book made me paranoid. The entire time I read it I became slightly obsessed with the fact that Kyle and I would break up. 7mo
MicheleinPhilly @Ashley_Nicoletto 😂😂 As far as I can tell, you‘re not a nut so I think you‘re good. 7mo
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MicheleinPhilly @Reggie I think part of it may have been due to the fact that I was reading this first thing in the morning and my brain was just like, “WOAH, slow down.” I also think I actually enjoyed the side stories of the supporting players more than hers. 7mo
Ashley_Nicoletto @MicheleinPhilly I felt like one. I had to apologize after I finished the book. 🤣🤣 7mo
Megabooks You wrote my feelings exactly! 7mo
Reviewsbylola I actually bailed on this one for the reasons you listed. I think had I been in the right mood I could have appreciated it more. 7mo
Suet624 Unstacked! 7mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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I am starting this tonight. Charlene is sleeping in my lap. #catsoflitsy

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Ange44
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Ready to go!! #24in48

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Ange44
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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I‘ve got a stack ready and lots of snacks. It‘s almost time! #24in48 #readathon

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LaraReads
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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My journey with pharmacy is the closest I come to understanding our narrator‘s struggles w/ her chemistry PhD. She is young and scared, but so much more than that. She is brilliant, yet broken. It is hard, at any age, to find yourself somewhere you don‘t want to be. More so when everyone around you is succeeding. Chemistry is a self-recovery novel, told in unique form, with levity & a great deal of fun science thrown in for good measure. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Reggie I loved this book. The whole mother-daughter relationship and how that plays out in her life was very heartfelt. Don‘t let him be more successful. I felt sooo bad for the first bf because he was a casualty of something he wasn‘t aware of. 9mo
LaraReads Agreed 100% @Reggie Though, I think in life, unless you truly understand someone or take a moment to see what shapes them, you may always be a casualty. 9mo
Cinfhen This is one of those books that got away last year!! Need to read it!! Thanks for putting it back in my radar 😊also tagging my cohosts @BarbaraTheBibliophage @4thhouseontheleft 9mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Fun picture and great job! 📚👊🏻♥️✔️ 9mo
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Apinlibraryland
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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I wasn‘t interested in this book when it was a botm book, but then I saw a review that made it sound like exactly what I needed. It was. Reminded me a little of Eleanor Oliphant. Interesting way to tell a story...definitely kept me listening.

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LiteraryinLititz
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Different, in such a good way. This narrative of a woman at a crossroads in her Chem PhD program and in her romantic relationship is told in bite sized, almost choppy, vignettes. The timeline isn‘t linear, and interesting facts about chemistry are interspersed throughout. Sometimes they don‘t connect, and other times they reveal a profound connection. This book made me care about the characters and, in its meandering way, think about life itself.

BarbaraBB Great review! Agreeing with you. 13mo
Hannah_Haymond I really got a lot from this one and adored it, too. 13mo
Crazeedi @LiteraryinLititz thank you, I come here to hear about books. But the world has gone crazy. Thank you again. I will not be voicing an opinion here either anymore. I stopped Facebook, Instagram twitter and now I have to give this up? 13mo
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britt_brooke
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It took me a minute to get used to the style, but the off-beat, often very dry humor won me. I like quirk and this short, but impactful novel, has scads. I like how Wang only gave one character an actual name. I think that speaks loudly of the walls - visible from the moon - the narrator has raised around herself. I liked this debut very much! Plus, that cover! 🤩

batsy I really enjoyed this one too 💛 14mo
mdhughes72 Your system must only have 4 stars in it. Otherwise you forgot one 😉 I love the sly subtle reference you threw in there too. You are a clever one @britt_brooke! 14mo
Bklover Think I might just try this one. Sounds like something I‘d like!💛 14mo
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TheBookStacker I loved this book, it was quick and quirky and fun. 14mo
britt_brooke @mdhughes72 😆 It was so close. And, thank you. 😄 14mo
britt_brooke @Bklover It‘s a good, quick one! 14mo
Reviewsbylola I bailed. The style wasn‘t for me. 14mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola It really did take me a while to get used to it, so I can understand it not being for everyone. 14mo
GAustin I enjoyed this. Funny and quirky. I‘ll be looking for more from her. 14mo
britt_brooke @GAustin I‘m curious to see what she does next, too. I‘ll definitely be checking it out. 14mo
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violabrain I loved this book! So many funny lines like this one... (edited) 14mo
britt_brooke @violabrain The humor is so off-beat and dry. I‘m loving it! (edited) 14mo
kgriffith Not nearly as good as your answer, @brandybear22, but I thought you‘d appreciate it, and I certainly appreciated being reminded. 😉 14mo
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violabrain @britt_brooke Yes! I read most of this book on a plane and it was really hard not to laugh out loud at some of the one-liners! 14mo
mdhughes72 I‘m waiting for you to come across the line about 3-1/2 balls. 14mo
britt_brooke @mdhughes72 Oh, I have. 😆 14mo
brandybear22 @kgriffith ah, yes. The chemist, and also the engineer, does see a full glass, one way or the other. But as a measure of potential, balanced by need and/ or desire... well does that does go more to some sort of idealistic surrealism, at best... 13mo
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britt_brooke
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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A little post-workout reading before grabbing the little dude from childcare. Enjoying this one so far. I love a quirky book and a pretty cover. 💛

bookandcat Love this book! 14mo
MirrorMask Great book!!! 14mo
Emilymdxn I‘ve heard great things about this one! Excited to see what you think 14mo
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britt_brooke @Emilymdxn It took me a minute to get used to the style, but I‘m liking it very much. Hoping to finish it tonight! 14mo
walryan5 Beautiful family! I would like to read that book too!! 14mo
britt_brooke @walryan5 Thank you! 14mo
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mdhughes72
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Not since Dept of Speculation have I adored a little book about relationships as much as this one. An absolute gem, with many facets: love, loss, starting over, renegotiating the parent-child dynamic, changing seasons, self awareness, spanning multiple cultures, and in a way that pleasantly surprised me, science. This has moved into position as my favorite book I‘ve read this year. You can knock it out in a day. Don‘t think about it. Just do it.

britt_brooke Nice review! #stacked 14mo
BarbaraBB I loved both too! Have you read 14mo
mdhughes72 No I haven‘t heard of that one @BarbaraBB. Should I read it? 14mo
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mdhughes72 Thanks! I‘m always asking myself, what would @britt_brooke read? 14mo
BarbaraBB @mdhughes72 For me it is a bit comparable to these two (in style, not subject) 14mo
britt_brooke @mdhughes72 You are too funny. 😆 14mo
mdhughes72 @BarbaraBB I will have to check it out thanks! 14mo
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callielafleur
Chemistry | Weike Wang
Mehso-so

I listened to this on audio and found it to be very brief. I enjoyed the perspective of the main character, and get relationship with her life was very interesting. She definitely went on a journey, with growth and change. I just wanted more.

TheEscapist I just finished reading this in paper form last night. In took only three days, but it was a very satisfying read. Maybe this is just a book that doesn‘t work in audio format. 14mo
callielafleur @TheEscapist I can definitely see that. It's kind of a weird situation for me- I loved the book that was there, and the characters, I just wanted more. 14mo
TheEscapist I felt like I‘d have gladly read further into the lives of these characters too. There was a nice sense of completion, though, when the protagonist comes to recognize that though there was toxic chemistry between she and Eric, that she continues to love him in a separate way. I loved how deeply she searched herself (and science) for answers. 14mo
callielafleur @TheEscapist I might try it again in print. What you are saying makes sense, and other people whose opinions I trust (like Roxane Gay) have rated it very highly. Thanks for your input! 😊 14mo
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Reggie
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We follow an unnamed woman who has just had a breakdown while doing her postgrad in chemistry. This was a beautiful collection of episodes that tie memories with the present as she goes on this journey of self discovery. It‘s an immigrant story, having to straddle that awkward border of your new country with your family‘s expectations/tradition. There‘s some intense mother daughter stuff. There‘s great friendship in here. All around a great book!!

BarbaraBB Great review. And the vase is so fitting 💜 1y
batsy Yes 💛 1y
charl08 It's on my list! 1y
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kspenmoll Wonderful review! Anther must read... 1y
Reggie @charl08 I had it since last summer just hanging out in my room. Boo!! Glad I got to it, though. 1y
Reggie @kspenmoll Thanks!!! I could have read about this MC forever. 1y
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Reggie
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Did anybody get major Maureen from Center Stage vibes while reading this? I love books like this where the person is so specialized in a subject that all allusions, metaphors, and similes have to do with the subject. I think people like this MC could be off putting. But just like in real life when you look at people and think they have it all, sometimes you can‘t see that they‘re in a hell of their own. Loving this book so far.

MStew Great post Reggie😄!!i am adding it 1y
batsy Glad you're enjoying it, I loved this one 💛 1y
Reggie @batsy @BarbaraBB Just finished. I loved it. @meghan2714 Thanks so much!!! 1y
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LWagoner
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Very unique story of a young woman discovering who she is apart from her parents & significant other. Change & suddenly not knowing for sure your true self is a very vulnerable place to be in. The main character journeys through her longest journey- the journey of knowing her true self.

BarbaraBB I liked this book a lot too. 1y
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LouLouLane
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Hey whatcha doing??? This is my dog Easy. She is afraid of the dishwasher now. So...having a hard time finishing #Chemistry by #WeikeWang. I need the dishwasher to finish because I have bookclub tomorrow and haven‘t started that book yet. I‘m a book club procrastinator.

Kappadeemom 😂😂 1y
britt_brooke 😆💚🐾 1y
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Soubhiville
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Yay! Thank you @BookNAround ! I‘ve heard good things and I‘m looking forward to reading this. 📚💛

irre I really liked it. 1y
ephemeralwaltz Hope you enjoy - I read this recently. 1y
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ephemeralwaltz
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Mehso-so

Not a bad read, but the style it's written in kind of bore me halfway through. It took a bit to get into but was enjoyable for the most part. However, it's a very interesting look at immigration, marriage, parenthood, academia, and ambitions, and I would recommend it. It's a tale about parents who push their children WAY too hard and how that can affect them later on in life.

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BiblioLitten I love the pic though💞 1y
ephemeralwaltz @BiblioLitten Thank you! ❤️ 1y
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ephemeralwaltz
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Time for some reading in the ☀️

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BookNAround
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Now that my child has his driver‘s license, my car reading will be severely curtailed, at least once he gets a parking permit from school. That probably won‘t happen for this school year so I have another two weeks of track pick-ups and car reading to go.

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ephemeralwaltz
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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On the train again. #currentlyreading

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kbuggle
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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I could feel the pain the unnamed narrator was in, so much so that it made me uncomfortable. So.. I‘d say this is written pretty well— I‘m surprised it‘s a debut!

BarbaraBB Loved this one too 1y
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artkavanagh
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“His career path is very straight, like that of an arrow to its target. If I were to draw my path out, it would look like a gas particle flying around in space.”

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Joyfulmimi
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I apologize, Weike. I have to stop reading your book although I am thoroughly enjoying it. Undoubtedly, the last person who read this book had a cat nearby and I am extremely allergic to them. My allergy pill failed to work. When this happens, I stop reading and have to take the book back to the library. Cat lovers of the world, I have nothing against cats. Its the way I was made. 😔

mrozzz Oh boo 😟 1y
Joyfulmimi I know. I agree @mrozzz 1y
Joyfulmimi I can‘t decide what to read and my head hurts. I might just go to bed even. @mrozzz (edited) 1y
mrozzz Sleep might be best. Forcing yourself into something now might turn you off. Go to bed with a big stack and decide in the morning 😏 (edited) 1y
Lindy ☹️ 1y
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Joyfulmimi
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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I started reading a novel for a change and I am actually enjoying it. Of course I got married in the midst of getting my Ph.D. It had to resonate with me. 🤓

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Rcoco
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Quirky. Sometimes while reading this book, I felt like the author was just throwing in random facts she found interesting. Usually these tidbits segued into some personal experience and sometimes they just hung there. Truth is I just enjoyed reading this novel and I found the narrator endearing. My heart hurt for her. I felt it ended on a hopeful note.

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Rcoco
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Turtles all the way down.. sound familiar?

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BooksGirlsCats
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Anyone interested in a #BOTMbookswap?

Looking for
An American Marriage
Little Fires Everywhere
Killers of the Flower Moon
Behold the Dreamers
Siracusa
Veins of the Ocean
&Sons
Association of Small Bombs
The Moors Account
The Sympathiser

Or anything similar!

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mdemanatee
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Finally got to this one and really glad I did. It was a wonderfully executed episodic novel that I also think I experienced at just the right time.

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Expandingbookshelf
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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A woman juggles the expectations of her Chinese-immigrant parents, her marriage-ready boyfriend and her impatient PhD advisor-all while struggling with crippling indecision. This book was a quiet whirlwind, full of beautiful insights and a protagonist I was desperately rooting for. I loved it.

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Ashley_Morgan
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I‘m a fan. This book was about way more than just a PhD student having a quarter life crisis, it was about immigrants, relationships, family expectations, happiness and mental health. The characters felt so real to me. I would have liked a more fleshed out ending, but overall this was a win for me. If you can get it on audio, do it! The narration was fantastic🤗

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LaurenReads
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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I really enjoyed this smart and quirky little novel!
#pop18 #authorofdifferentethnicity

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ashsbookmarks
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Don‘t shy away from this book because of the title! I reviewed this book on the blog yesterday 📒
www.ashsscript.com
#chemistry #WeikeWang #review #bookreview

ApoptyGina69 Loved it!! 2y
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sakeriver
Chemistry | Weike Wang
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Oh my god, this passage gave me chills.