What’s it about?
And they were lab partners. OMG, they were lab partners. When Jordan and Eli are paired up in lab they quickly become friends and soon Elliot questions the strange feelings he has whenever he talks to Jordan.
TW: Bullying, homophobia
What I think about it
Lab Partners was the book that dragged me out of my reading slump for a few hours. It’s a mostly adorable story, perfect for a lazy afternoon. Well, you start in the afternoon and then you read until 2am 😀
It was easy finding my way into the story, the writing style was pleasant and not too complicated. Sometimes the author could have eased up on the descriptions, it’s not necessary to document every single move, the reader can fill in some gaps.
I think I identified most with Elliot, no idea why but he is just this gentle kid who likes to cook and has no clue what to do with his future. I felt sorry for him once I met his family; while they are always there for him when he needs them, they live for their work and rarely have time for family activities which is kind of sad. And I feel as though his parents should have stepped in when they realised how bad he was being bullied at school.
‘I was coming to find that Jordan was a very affectionate person. It wasn’t something that I was used to, as my parents had often been too busy to show us affection when Ellie and I were growing up, but even still, it made me feel warm and fuzzy inside.‘
Some people have criticised the way Jordan flirted with Elliot and while I recognise he was being forward I didn’t feel like he was being pushy. Maybe I read it wrong but whenever Elliot said ‘too much’ Jordan stopped. The only thing I didn’t like about Jordan was that his character wasn’t as fleshed out as Elliot’s. But I thought the romance was adorable, their dates were sweet and even though I knew the inevitable being-outed-by-bullies was looming I was curious to know how the book ended.
Another person that came off as not a full character was Ellie, Elliot’s sister. She is busy studying and collecting college credit where she can and she, too is often absent from family life. When Elliot is struggling to understand his feelings for Jordan Ellie talks to him about different sexualities and genders. That scene felt hella weird and detached, sort of like an entry from a dictionary. Ellie just rattles off all of those explanations in one paragraph and leaves Eli to deal with the information.
I thought the romance was cute and adorable and I wish there hadn’t been so much drama with the bullies. Sometimes all I want and need is a fluffy story. Wish there had been a bit more character development for Jordan. All in all it was a lovely book, not the best I’ve ever read but I liked it. 🙂
- Author: Mora Montgomery
- Pages: 256
- For Ages: 14 and up
- Publisher: wattpad books
- Release Date: March 10, 2020
- ISBN: 9781989365144