Wednesday, September 28, 2011
The Book Addict Reviews: Love At Absolute Zero by Christopher Meeks (Blog Tour Stop)
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Rating: 3 stars
Book provided by author for an honest review.
In A Nutshell:
I had some reservations when I first read the blurb of this book--absolute zero? scientific method? How can that be romantic? How am I going to get it when the last time I took a physics class was high school. But it worked because Christopher Meeks did a wonderful job writing it. He created likeable characters that we can cheer for. He made me appreciate science in a way I have never done before.
Even when talking about very scientific principles or ideas, Christopher Meeks balances a fine line between making his characters believable as scientists and accessible to those of us with limited science background. He makes the scientific ideas as they relate to his story clear, easy to read, and fun. Christopher Meeks peaked my interest and made me wish I was in Gunnar Gunderson's physics class (maybe I would have studied science if I had had a teacher like him?).
Gunnar Gunderson is an easy character to like. I smiled and laughed as Gunnar bumbled through trying to figure out speed dating and love using the thing that has always worked for him: the Scientific Method. His insistence that he needed to find love in three days because that is when it will best fit into his research schedule still makes me laugh. Although I kept hoping someone in his life would tell him outright that love does not usually come when it is most convenient or most desired. Maybe that would have saved Gunnar some heartache?
Or maybe Gunnar needed to experience everything in Love At Absolute Zero so that he would learn and grow. At the beginning of the book, Gunnar does seem a little sheltered and naive. Over the course of the book he learns a lot about himself, about what he wants, about love, about hurt, and about the scientific method.
This was my first experience with Christopher Meeks' work, but I now want to read many of his other books: