Published by HMH Books for Young Readers
From advice columnist Meredith Goldstein, a dazzling, romantic, and emotionally resonant YA debut about a teen science whiz in Cambridge, Massachusetts, who tries to crack the chemical equation for lasting love and instead wreaks havoc on herself and the boys in her life.
For seventeen-year-old Maya, the equation for happiness is simple: a dream internship at MIT + two new science nerd friends + a perfect boyfriend = one amazing summer. Then Whit dumps her out of the blue. Maya is miserable until she discovers that her scientist mother, before she died, was conducting research on manipulating pheromones to enhance human attraction. If Maya can finish her mother’s work, maybe she can get Whit back. But when her experiment creates chaos in her love life, she realizes that maybe love and loss can’t be understood using the scientific method. Can she learn to trust the unmeasurables of love and attraction instead?
Meredith Goldstein is an advice columnist and entertainment reporter for The Boston Globe. Her first novel “The Singles,” was released by Penguin/Plume on April 24, 2012.
In March of 2016, Grand Central Publishing acquired a memoir based on her column, Love Letters. It is scheduled to be released by Spring of 2018.
Meredith was born in New Jersey, raised in Maryland, went to Syracuse University, and now lives in Roxbury, Massachusetts with a carnival-size cotton candy machine that she bought for herself on her 30th birthday.
- What is on your nightstand?
A lamp, my inhaler, lip balm, and, at the moment, a copy of The Hazel Wood, which I highly recommend, and an advanced reader copy of Jasmine Guillory’s “The Proposal,” which I am very lucky to have.
- What author would you totally fan?
Kirstin Cashore, of I did meet her recently, and I tried to be cool. (I probably wasn’t very cool.) I love Jodi Lynn Anderson’s writing; I would probably fangirl all over her. And Jandy Nelson. All three of those authors have made me ugly-cry.
- What makes you cringe?
Selfies make me cringe. I’m not opposed to other people’s selfies, but I can’t take my own. I’m very bad at it, and whenever I’ve tried to take a good one, I’ve wound up getting a tight shot of my nose hair. Or I look half asleep or confused. Selfies are for other people.
- Do you obsessively plot out each point or just go with the flow?
I work for The Boston Globe by day, and I have to be very structured about journalism and column writing. When I make time for fiction, I don’t make strict rules. I go with the flow. Sometimes that works, sometimes not so much. But writing fiction does feel like an incredible, freeing process, so I like to be as loose as possible.
- Is there a word you love to use?
My sister tells me that in every draft, I use the word “” So we’re putting a ban on winced. Every time I see it, I wince. (Sorry.)
I am allergic to animals, which is very sad, but I do have some dolls. I have two doll versions of Jareth, David Bowie’s character in Labyrinth. One is plastic, one is yarn. They talk to each other while I write.
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