The Secret Science of Magic
Series : N/A
Publisher: Hardie Grant Egmont
Source : Publisher
Release Date : April 1st 2017
A captivating novel about two extraordinary teens, and the unsolvable problem of life after high school.
Sophia is smart, like genius-calculator-brain smart. But there are some things no amount of genius can prepare you for, and the messiness of real life is one of them. When everything she knows is falling apart, how can she crack the puzzle of what to do with her life?
Joshua spends his time honing magic tricks and planning how to win Sophia’s heart. But when your best trick is making schoolwork disappear, how do you possibly romance a genius?
In life and love, timing is everything.
From Melissa Keil, the award-winning YA author of Life in Outer Space and The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl.
The Secret Science of Magic was one of my anticipated OZ YA novels of 2017 because of the author and the characters. Knowing that Keil was writing a Tamil character made this all the more important to me. As I hadn’t read a Tamil character in literature before and was curious to see their portrayal in fiction.
Keil didn’t disappoint in that regards, Sophie and her family were people I could easily relate to . She was me basically. A girl who was Sri Lankan descent who has grown up in Melbourne and was pretty westernised. However that isn’t the premise of the story. She is in Year 12 and she struggling. Sophie is smart and knows how to handles maths and science, she bit of a wiz in those areas . However dealing with anything else is a struggle for her , causing panic attacks that only seem to get worse more recently as year 12 draws to a close. Despite being a genius at things, she is freaking out about her future. As school has been her safety net and she doesn’t want to become another washed out genius like others out there that constantly remind her of so .
Forcing to draw all her attention on herself, she hasn’t noticed Joshua Bailey, a class mate and who has a massive crush on her but doesn’t know how to approach her. Josh’s passion is magic and he is pretty talented in this area and is also worrying about his own future. Unlike her , he has some idea of what he wants to do . However school has become less of priority and he doesn’t want it to be because of younger sibling.
With the struggles of Year 12 weighing on them, Keil weaves a realistic story of two individuals as they go on their daily lives and experience the highs and lows of their final year off high school. Accurate in portrayal, Keil makes sure to deal with Sophie, gently allowing her to realise how much effort the attacks and thoughts have caused wrecked havoc. Whilst making her a part of Josh’s life who understand the same problem and knows how to handle it somehwhat . The two set out to tackle their problem and soon find themselves discovering it’s the magic that will help them figure out things.
The Secret Science of Magic, is a realistic look into teenagers at a very testing point of their lives. I enjoyed the simpleness of the idea and the exploring the lives of teens. Keil is very honest and realistic with her portrayal of Josh and Sophie. There no fanciness with her stories. She tells it how it is for teenagers and I loved she is honest how things can be with friends and family. And of course, the romance, as it would be a Keil book without a sweet geeky romance and this one is adorable.
Whilst I loved her first novel Life in Space to bits. I didn’t have as a strong reaction to The Secret Science of Magic . There was something missing that made not love this book as much I thought I would. Given that there was a Tamil character and some who could relate to. It hyped up the book even more to me and that caused part of my disappointment. That being said the characters were adorable and I wanted my own Josh by the end . The Secret Science of Magic was cute and relatable contemporary and must read for young adult readers