Hello Bookworms, Happy Monday! I recently did some book shopping, (a book haul post will be coming soon), and this book came in that stack. After reading, it already feels like it will be my 2023 Book Of The Year! Without spoiling, let’s get into the review!
”Imagine if all men took women seriously. Education would change. The workforce would revolutionize. Marriage counsellors would go out of business. Do you see my point?”Elizabeth Zott, Lessons In Chemistry
Book: Lessons In Chemistry
Author: Bonnie Garmus
Genre: Literary Fiction, Humor, Feminism
Age Limit: 17+
Trigger Warnings: Sexual Assault, Sexism, Suicide, Grief
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. This 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.
When I read the summary of this book, I instantly knew, it will be a five-star read. The feeling when you find comfort in something and don’t want to leave it. This is what I felt when I finished this book.
This is a story set in the 1960s, where a man is treated as superior to a woman. The story revolves around how the main character creates a stand for herself in society as a scientist who is smarter than the men in the lab. Elizabeth Zott is such a humorous character.
The author has crafted these characters in such a realistic form. There were some paragraphs written from the perspective of the dog, Six-Thirty. Those ones were so wholesome and funny to read. With funny moments, there came emotional moments too, and it was so well-balanced. Also, the main character is a scientist, so the story has a lot of discussions on chemistry. But don’t let that stop you from reading this book, because personally I did not find this as a problem while reading about chemistry.
Lessons in Chemistry is written beautifully, full of wit and wholesome moments. This book is not to be read to finish early, you have to enjoy and take in every page and trust me, it is worth it. For a long time, It felt so repetitive while reading other books, the same tropes, the same stories… But this book is a fresh palette, that will make you come back to it again and again!
Some News Regarding The Book!
It has been adapted by Apple TV+ and will be airing in 2023. The dates and trailer are not out yet, so you can entertain yourself with the teaser linked above 🙂
I will proudly recommend this book to everyone, so go pick this awesome book up and read away!