Chemistry by Weike Wang

This is not the book I expected to read. I picked it out thinking it was going to be full of nerdy humour and there is certainly some of that here.

“The optimistic sees the glass half full. The pessimist sees the glass half empty. The chemist sees the glass completely full, half in liquid state and half in gaseous, both of which are probably poisonous.”

But what really makes this book something special is the beautiful description of the central character’s struggle with life’s (and parental) expectations, a stalled career and a failing relationship. The depression and loneliness is heartfelt and emotional. Another unusual but welcome aspect to this story is the way everything just kind of continues on – there’s no great cathartic Moment or Turning Point – life just goes on to the incredibly sudden end of the book.

Reading this back I’m really not making the points I want to – just get it, read it (it’s only short) and you won’t be disappointed I promise!
5/5

 

* I received a free kindle edition of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review *

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