The quantum weirdness of the almost-kiss / Amy Noelle Parks.

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      Summary: Seventeen-year-old Evie Beckham has always been too occupied with her love of math and frequent battles with anxiety to want to date. Besides, she's always found the idea of kissing to be kind of weird. But by senior year, thanks to therapy and her friends, she's feeling braver than before. Maybe even brave enough to enter the national math and physics competition or flirt back with the new boy. Meanwhile, Evie's best friend, Caleb Covic, has always been a little in love with her. So he's horrified when he is forced to witness Evie's meet-cute with the new guy. Desperate, Caleb uses an online forum to capture Evie's interest--and it goes a little too well. Now Evie wonders how she went from avoiding romance to having to choose between two--or is it three?--boys.
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Booklist Reviews 2021 January #1

Ever since they met as five-year-olds, Caleb and Evie have been best friends. A brilliant, beautiful mathematics student who suffers from anxiety, panic attacks, and an overly intrusive mother, Evie is working with a therapist to manage stress. Caleb has always been the person in her life who knows how to help. But during their senior year at an elite math-and-science boarding school, when she first becomes interested in dating, she chooses Leo, a bright, attractive transfer student. For Caleb, who has never been in doubt about the love of his life, it's wrenching to watch. At a prestigious conference where he's presenting a paper with Evie, she comes to a momentous decision. Written in alternating first-person chapters from Caleb's and Evie's viewpoints and billed as a rom-com (though perhaps the first to include a Schrödinger's cat joke), this engaging novel features two smart, conflicted main characters, witty dialogue, and a dynamic supporting cast. The destructive foibles of certain adults get the disdain they deserve, while love, friendship, and hard-won happiness triumph in this thoroughly engaging novel. Grades 8-11. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.