The Se­cret Sci­ence of Magic

Melissa Keil, Peachtree Pub­lish­ers (APRIL) Hard­cover $17.95 (352pp), 978-1-68263-014-3

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Op­po­sites at­tract in The Se­cret Sci­ence of Magic, a charm­ing and witty story of in­di­vid­u­al­ity and what brings peo­ple to­gether.

Joshua is an in­de­ci­sive, magic-lov­ing teenager. On the brink of be­ing thrust into a world he isn’t ready for, he chooses to fo­cus on his crush, whom he at­tempts to woo with magic tricks and long-dis­tance flir­ta­tion.

Sophia knows what it’s like not to feel ready for life be­yond your com­fort zone. De­spite her fa­vorite dis­trac­tions—doc­tor Who; the mys­te­ri­ous tricks she’s sent—she can’t help but tor­ment her­self with thoughts of col­lege and con­cerns that her best friend is pulling away from her. It doesn’t help that, whether she’s in drama class or talk­ing to her peers, she can­not seem to em­pathize with oth­ers, de­spite her ef­forts.

Both char­ac­ters are awk­ward, but there is a clear chem­istry in their in­ter­ac­tions. Their backand-forth makes for an en­gag­ing, smile-in­duc­ing read. Theirs is a re­al­is­tic re­la­tion­ship; even when their so­cial in­ep­ti­tude threat­ens to sti­fle their bud­ding in­ter­ests, it al­lows for fur­ther en­gage­ment.

Joshua and Sophia’s de­sires to stop time and never ad­vance be­yond high school are ex­tremely re­lat­able, as is Sophia’s crav­ing to be ac­cepted for who she is. Young read­ers will cer­tainly be able to see them­selves in these young leads. Com­bin­ing el­e­ments of sci­ence and magic in a spec­tac­u­lar way, this un­con­ven­tional love story brings two atyp­i­cal teens with very typ­i­cal needs hap­pily to­gether.

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