It's been a little bit since I wrote a blog post but I'm back from my trip to Disney and I can't wait to fill you all in on it. But first, let's get into a book review! I don't like missing these posts since I'm constantly reading and I like to keep up with the reviews.

There was one book this year that I was incredibly excited about and that was Lessons in Chemistry. The plot sounded unlike anything I've ever read before, I loved the cover and it just looked like a really fun book.

I was definitely right but it took a little convincing to get me there.

Lessons in Chemistry was released on April 5th, 2022 and I got mine as a Book of the Month pick. It took me about a month to read because it was a little slow but I ended up liking it a lot and I think it might be one of my top books of the year.

Publisher's Summary

Chemist Elizabeth Zott is not your average woman. In fact, Elizabeth Zott would be the first to point out that there is no such thing as an average woman. But it’s the early 1960s and her all-male team at Hastings Research Institute takes a very unscientific view of equality. Except for one: Calvin Evans; the lonely, brilliant, Nobel–prize nominated grudge-holder who falls in love with—of all things—her mind. True chemistry results. 

But like science, life is unpredictable. Which is why a few years later Elizabeth Zott finds herself not only a single mother, but the reluctant star of America’s most beloved cooking show 
Supper at Six. Elizabeth’s unusual approach to cooking (“combine one tablespoon acetic acid with a pinch of sodium chloride”) proves revolutionary. But as her following grows, not everyone is happy. Because as it turns out, Elizabeth Zott isn’t just teaching women to cook. She’s daring them to change the status quo.  

Laugh-out-loud funny, shrewdly observant, and studded with a dazzling cast of supporting characters, 
Lessons in Chemistry is as original and vibrant as its protagonist.

My Thoughts

As I mentioned above, the book took a little bit of time for me to get into. It was slow, confusing and there were a lot of moving parts. The story felt a little off kilter, a little boring and yet, I could not put it down. I needed to know how Elizabeth Zott made out - I had to know what happened to her, how she ended up at Supper at Six and what her life turned into.

Elizabeth Zott made me sad; she was a strong women in a field that needed her, but in a time that didn't respect her. It made me sad how closed off she was, how she blamed herself and talked down to herself but yet, continually stood up for herself and never stopped fighting. It was inspirational, it made me feel so many different, wonderful things and for that, I loved the story and Elizabeth Zott.

However, part of me, was angry at Elizabeth for being so closed off, for being so stubborn. I just wanted to shake her and make her see other people's point of view. 

The story definitely started out slow but once it picked up, it moved fast and I was able to really immerse myself into the plot. The writing was excellent - very quirky, sarcastic and off the beaten path. There were a lot of unique, eccentric characters and I loved how we got to see inside all of their heads, since it was written in the 3rd person. 

One of my favorite parts was reading through Six Thirty's POV, who is Elizabeth's dog. I've never read through a dog's eyes before and it was so fun and odd. 

At the end of the book, I cried. Everything fell into place perfectly and it was a really moving book about feminism, love, family, and passion. It is a must read if you're looking for something deep but also funny and sweet.

Have you read Lessons in Chemistry yet? 

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