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About the Book
My Mechanical Romance
by Alexene Farol Follmuth
Holliday House Publishing
Releasing on May 31, 2022
YA Contemporary, YA Romance, STEM
Nerds are so hot.
Especially battle robot building nerds.
Bel would rather die than think about the future. College apps? You’re funny. Extracurriculars? Not a chance. But when she accidentally reveals a talent for engineering at school, she’s basically forced into joining the robotics club. Even worse? All the boys ignore Bel—and Neelam, the only other girl on the team, doesn’t seem to like her either.
Enter Mateo Luna, captain of the club, who recognizes Bel as a potential asset—until they start butting heads. Bel doesn’t care about Nationals, while Teo cares too much. But as the nights of after-school work grow longer and longer, Bel and Teo realize they’ve built more than just a combat-ready robot for the championship: they’ve made space for each other and themselves.
This sharply funny, academic rivals-to-lovers romance explores both the challenges girls of color face in STEM and the vulnerability of first love with unfailing wit and honesty.
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I really enjoyed this YA Contemporary. Rivals/Enemies to Lovers is one of my favorite tropes and I think this one did that so well. I don’t have a STEM background but it was so fun seeing how Bel excelled at Robotics and was able to really find herself through the process.
Bel doesn’t know what she wants to do after high school but is pushed in the direction of engineering when a makeshift catapult actually propels her into the robotics class. Now she’s not only trying to figure out whether robotics and engineering is for her but she’s also having to deal with the judgement coming from the others on her team. With the help of Teo she learns that her experience having a “hobbyist” as a father may have actually set her up for a career in engineer.
Teo is under constant pressure to excel in life after growing up with a very successful father who seems to have the intentions of bringing Teo up in the company once he finishes college. Teo doesn’t feel like his father loves him more than he sees him as a potential employee. The dynamic between them is felt whenever they encounter each other.
I thought the author did a great job of portraying the tension between the characters. The romance was also well done in it’s slow burn between Teo and Bel. The banter between the two was great and I enjoyed how their relationship grew. The friendships and family dynamics also developed well throughout the book.
I recommend this to anyone looking for a great book about women in STEM, friendships, family, and love. I can’t wait to read more books by Alexene Farol Follmuth!
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About the Author
Alexene Farol Follmuth, also known under the pen name Olivie Blake, is a lover and writer of stories, many of which involve the fantastic, the paranormal, or the supernatural, but not always. More often, her works revolve around the collective experience, what it means to be human (or not), and the endlessly interesting complexities of life and love.
Alexene tripped and fell into writing after abandoning her long-premeditated track for Optimum Life Achievement while attending law school, and now focuses primarily on the craft and occasional headache of creating fiction. As Olivie, she has been published as the featured fiction contributor for Witch Way Magazine, as well as the writer for the graphic series Clara and the Devil and a variety of other books. The revised hardcover edition of her cult favorite The Atlas Six releases March 2022 from Tor Books. As Alexene, her debut YA novel, My Mechanical Romance, is coming May 2022 from Holiday House.
Alexene lives and works in Los Angeles, where she is generally tolerated by her rescue pit bull. She can be loosely defined as the sort of person who picked up sparring as a means to improve writing fight scenes. To connect with Alexene online, visit her website http://www.olivieblake.com or find her on Instagram @afarolfollmuth
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