Lessons in Chemistry (by Bonnie Garmus)

It is rare for me to give a book only one star. But that was all I could bring myself to do. The synopsis made the book sound like something I would really enjoy reading. Unfortunately, there were many aspects that made me dislike the book so much. Too many points of view within a chapter was distracting. And since when has a book described as “laugh out loud funny” have a rape occur at the beginning. As someone who worked in academia for more than 38 years, the description of Elizabeth’s experience in college and working at a research institute was appalling. Yes, things were different in the 1960s, but the description of what she endured was nothing short of disturbing.

Thank you to NetGalley and Doubleday Books for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

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