book review

More than Water by Renee Ericson

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E.J. and Foster couldn’t have personified the phrase, “opposites attract”, more. As an Art History major, E.J. lives and breathes creativity, thriving on gut feel and instinct to power through her projects. Meanwhile, Foster keeps a busy schedule as a Chemical Engineering student who worships the periodic table. Thrust together into manning the library for the Engineering department, they become fast friends. And after one night of turning the periodic table into a drinking game, they find they have enough chemistry to add a little more benefit to their friendship, confident in the knowledge that they can keep things simple because they’re not each other’s type. Of course, nothing ever stays that simple, but that’s the beauty of it.

Things I loved about the book:

1. E.J. and Foster. And Wolfgang. Renee Ericson created the funniest characters, really. And then she fleshed out E.J.’s parents so well, that I appreciated how believable it was for them to have a change of heart. Just a lot of endearing characters.

2. No insta-love. Sometimes, I do love a slow build-up. It was good to see how well Renee Ericson built the foundation for a solid friendship, equipped with quick-witted retorts, and tons of I-got-your-back moments. So when the attraction started simmering, the anticipation for more just goes through the roof.

3. Vivid images. I appreciated that the author didn’t just skim over the part that makes E.J. so interesting. She goes into great detail when it comes to E.J.’s work, and that makes me feel like I’m actually seeing her work come to life, especially when her work is one of the more crucial aspects in bringing E.J. and Foster together.

4. It managed to make science sexy. Granted, I’ve always been into the nerdy type. So this just fed into that indulgence. Seriously though, temperatures rise when E.J. and Foster fuse art and science together.

Overall, it was a light read, a good story, imaginative and original. What a great introduction to Renee Ericson as a writer. I’m looking forward to reading more of her books.

Rating: 4 stars

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