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Peek Inside The First Kiss Hypothesis

Eli Costas is an injury-prone lacrosse star with a problem—the one chance he had at winning over the girl next door resulted in the most epically sucktastic first kiss ever. And now she’s…trying to get rid of him? Hell no. It’s time to disprove her theory and show her exactly what she’s missing.

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Nora Reid believes scientific laws control everything, even love. With her grandparents’ epic first kiss story cemented in her brain, Nora develops a hypothesis she’s determined to prove: for each person in the world, there is exactly one other person, and at first kiss, they’ll experience an immediate and intense reaction.

But after four years of zero-reaction kisses, she comes up with a new theory: maybe that pesky crush on her stunningly hot best friend Eli Costas is skewing her results.

She needs to get rid of him, and fast.

Eli Costas is an injury-prone lacrosse star with a problem—the one chance he had at winning over the girl next door resulted in the most epically sucktastic first kiss ever. And now she’s…trying to get rid of him? Hell no. It’s time to disprove her theory and show her exactly what she’s missing.

Game. On.

Disclaimer: This book contains a stunningly hot lacrosse player who isn’t above playing dirty to win over the stubborn girl-next-door of his dreams.

Praise

"The character development is where this novel shined. The characters speak and act as their age group, they have fears and worries that match their ages as well." –Erica Chilson, Wicked Reads

"With some intense driving, some delicious pie and a cute younger brother, The First Kiss Hypothesis is a sweet, original story." –Danielle, Chapters Through Life

"Fun read with a lot of pie." –Tammy, Goodreads Reviewer

"Nora and Eli were hilarious, with Eli stealing the show. The concept, I think, was original and it was done very well. There was love and acceptance for girls involved in science and education on those on the autism spectrum. I couldn't be more pleased with this book." –Lacy, A Ravenclaw Library

"Friends-to-more romance and lots of science nerdy talk - I was bound to love it! This one was really sweet and cute and totally hit the spot, although it left me wanting some pie." –Sam Kozbial, We Live and Breathe Books

"Eli is a great character. I really liked how he went out of his way to show Nora that maybe she is wrong. [...] I also really loved the chemistry between Nora and Eli. The back and forth banter they have is fun. Overall, this book is a quick cute read that I found to be funny and entertaining." –Michelle, Goodreads Reviewer

"A fun, best friends romance with a twist. I enjoyed this story, it was so well written, with excellent character development, and an age appropriate dialogue." –Amanda, Goodreads Reviewer

"I really enjoyed this fun YA read. It's very well written with great characters and a fun storyline." –Bette Hansen, Goodreads Reviewer

"Nora and Eli are the cutest. For reals. I really enjoyed this light-hearted YA romance." –Amy, The Southern Girl Reads

"I read the story wishing I had a best friend like Eli! Super cute and fun romantic read that I know some of my freshman girls will enjoy!" –Sarah Bittel, Educator

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781640633568
Release Date: Nov 6, 2017
Page Count: 277
Imprint: teen crush
Genre: contemporary, sports romance, young adult
Tropes: bait and switch, boy next door, friends to lovers, girl next door

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By Danielle October 26, 2017

Hypothesis: "For each person in the world, there is exactly one other person who, at first kiss, causes an immediate and intense reaction."

Nora believes this Hypothesis and is trying to find her first kisses. Her methods include charity Kissing booths and plenty of first dates. Her grandmother f... ...more

By Sam November 10, 2017

Friends-to-more romance and lots of science nerdy talk - I was bound to love it! This one was really sweet and cute and totally hit the spot, although it left me wanting some pie.



When I saw a science term in the title, I jumped at the opportunity to read this book, and I was really glad I did, b... ...more

By Alicia November 06, 2017

As my first book ever from Christina Mandelski, I would have to say that this won’t be my last. I just love friends-to-lovers stories. Absolutely love them. And that they’re neighbours is even better.

Nora and Eli have been best friends ever since Nora moved in next door when they were eight. Nor... ...more

By Tammy November 01, 2017

Fun read with a lot of pie. Nora and Eli are very cute together and have been friends as well as neighbors since they were little. Nora is trying to find the right guy by kissing them all and seeing if the earth moves. She had tried with Eli when they were younger but it was a miss due to a ill-t... ...more

By Lenore November 02, 2017

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3.5 stars -- I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

Well that was an up and down ride!!  It started off really strong, I absolutely adored the author's voice in this one.  There was a bit of sassiness... ...more

By lacy October 30, 2017

A special thank you goes out to Entangled Teen publishing for allowing me to read this early. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

What a fun contemporary! Although, contemporaries are usually always fun. There were so many positives in this book, it made my heart happy. Even though the MCs dro... ...more

By books are love November 06, 2017

Received in exchange for a honest review.

Love Eli. Poor dude was friend zoned due to a silly hypothesis and kiss in like 7th or 8th grade.. he was a sweet kind guy just trying to find himself and resigned to feel like he was not much. I think this was because he felt that is how his parents saw h... ...more

By Tara November 04, 2017

This is Nora's hypothesis about love: "For each person in the world, there is exactly one other person, and at first kiss, they’ll experience an immediate and intense reaction."

Nora crossed Eli, her best friend, off her possibilities list in middle school after a horrible first kiss that definite... ...more

By Erica October 28, 2017

I received a copy of this title to read and review for Wicked Reads

5 Stars

Young Adult age-range: 13+ due to language. Kissing.

Nora's grandparents met and shared an earth-shattering kiss, and they spent the next 40+ years living happily ever after. As the child of divorce, Nora is holding onto h... ...more

By Katherine November 07, 2017

Nora has a very scientific theory based on evidence that shows a first kiss reaction is needed to find true love. And she has had a lot of first kisses to try and find that special someone, but with no luck. Eli thinks Nora's theory is ridiculous, but as her best friend he tries to support her. B... ...more

By Deniz November 08, 2017

The First Kiss Hypothesis is a perfect cute & fluffy. It has a interesting, sporty & sweet hero and a fun, intelligent, likable heroine.
This is the first novel I read by Madelski, I really enjoyed her writing style and her wit. While she doesn't dwell too much on issues, she does dig dee... ...more

By Elaine November 09, 2017

Nora is a teen scientist who has a theory that when you first kiss the person who will be the love of your life you'll know because your reaction will be so strong, it'll be like an earthquake. She's developed this hypothesis based on stories told by her Gran Gigi, and is out to kiss as many frog... ...more

By Danielle November 06, 2017

I just really loved this book. I loved Eli and Nora. I could tell from the beginning that Eli was perfect for Nora if she just gave him a chance. Nora is convinced that she will find the love of her life just like her grandmother did. One kiss and that spark will show he is the one for her. Unfor... ...more

By Issah Camille November 13, 2017

"For each person in the world, there is exactly one other person who, at first kiss, causes an immediate and intense reaction."
~Nora Reid

The story is written on a first person point of view of Eli and Nora. Readers will become addicted with the author's writing style and will find it hard to stop... ...more

By Becky November 07, 2017

Such a cute story!

Nora and Eli were absolutely adorable together--best friends to lovers in the best of possible ways, with just a tiny little detour (or, okay, a whole book's worth) thanks to Nora's love of science and her more-than-a-little-questionable "hypothesis." (Still, I got where she was... ...more

By Darleen November 11, 2017

Title: The First Kiss Hypothesis
Author: Christina Mandelski
Rating: 4/5

Thanks to NetGalley and Entangled Crush for letting me receive a digital copy of this book before its official release.

Nora Reid believes scientific laws control everything, even love. With her grandparents’ epic first kiss sto...
...more

By Elizabeth November 05, 2017

Nora Reid believes scientific laws control everything, even love. With her grandparents’ epic first kiss story cemented in her brain, Nora develops a hypothesis she’s determined to prove:for each person in the world, there is exactly one other person, and at first kiss, they’ll experience an imme...
...more

By Dani November 07, 2017

love the friends-to-more trope. A romantic relationship built on friendship just seems so much more stable than one built on lust. Plus, there's that whole 'meant to be' aspect to it, with everyone around knowing that two people will end up together before they do. The First Kiss Hypothesis had... ...more

By KarenJo November 08, 2017

4.25 - Deliciously Adorable

I’m a romance nerd and ridiculously addicted to Entangled Teen (Crush) books. They’re delightful, cutesy, and so much fun to read. The First Kiss Hypothesis by Christina Mandelski is no exception and had me hooked from the beginning.

I LOVE friends to lovers stories and... ...more

By Maddy November 09, 2017

Thank you so much to Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours for including me in the tour (my tour date is November 10, 2017), as well as providing me with a free copy for review! Nora and Eli are absolutely so cute as best friends in the beginning of the book, and you ca definitely see the tension between... ...more

By Bookablereads Reviews November 15, 2017

Thank you to Entangled Teen for giving me an eARC copy through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. And this doens't affect my thoughts or opinion about the book in any way.

A funny cute YA contemporary that talks about pie, friendship and how wonderful science works in our society.

Nora bel... ...more

By Tiana November 10, 2017

These Crush novels are becoming my new favorite guilty pleasure, because this book was so delicious and I couldn’t help but enjoy it!

I will admit I started reading this because of how nerdy a Hypothesis for true love sounded and I am so glad I did! The First Kiss Hypothesis is a novel for excited... ...more

By Michelle November 03, 2017

This was a pretty delightful book. Nora is a sweet quirky character. She is a romantic and a scientist. Which do not necessarily go hand and hand. Nora has this idea that the person she is supposed to be with, she will share this amazing first kiss with. The type of first kiss that is knock you o... ...more

By Jackie November 07, 2017

Disclaimer: I received an e-ARC of this book from netgalley, Entangled Teen, and Chapter by Chapter blog tours!

I absolutely adored this book! It's an easy read and the romance in it is perfect with a touch of angst about three quarters of the way through. Although I must admit, that Nora had me w... ...more

By Caro November 07, 2017

3.5-4 stars.

This was a sweet and frustrating read, lol.

We get to meet Nora and Eli, friends for years. Based on her Grandma’s story, Nora develops a theory about the first kiss with a boy. She only gives guys ONE chance to prove to her that they are IT for her. Of course they don’t know that, lol... ...more

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3.86 avg Goodreads.com rating
Christina Mandelski

About the author

Christina Mandelski

Christina Mandelski was born in South Florida, where her love of reading was cultivated in a house full of books. Stories like The Little House series, The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Island of the Blue Dolphins and The Secret Garden, filled her imagination and fueled her dreams to be a writer. That dream came true when her first young adult novel, THE SWEETEST THING, was published in 2011, and she’s beyond thrilled about her upcoming series for Entangled Crush. Chris lives in Houston with one handsome husband, two beautiful daughters, and two freakshow cats. She has a fondness for the beach, her family and friends, and she still loves to read (especially curled up with a good cup of coffee!) She also enjoys shopping, traveling and eating, especially cake. Always cake. When she’s not doing these things, you can find her holed in a cozy spot with her laptop, writing. Visit her at www.christinamandelski.com.

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