My Mechanical Romance by Alexene Farol Follmuth
May 31st 2022 by Holiday House
ya, contemporary, romance
Bel doesn't want to think about the future. She has no idea what she wants to be or do. She has a lot of talents but doesn't like to put herself out there, but rather stays in the background. When her parents separated, she had to switch schools and one of the teachers notices her talent and makes her sign up for the robotics team.
Boy ignore her and the only other girl is not her fan. Being a part of the time is new for her.
Mateo Luna is all about the plans. He is a captain of the club, plays soccer, is incredibly rich and all girls fawn over him. He has this intensity, wanting to prove himself and carrying way too much on his shoulder. They instantly butt heads.
They spend a lot of time together, building robots and making sparks fly all over the place. :)
It's such a beautiful story of falling in love for the first time, but also pressure to choose your career path early, the challenges of girls in STEM and finding the courage to be who you are in a field where is hard to be a girl.
The romance is absolutely beautiful, it develops slowly from them being rivals to working together to love. There are quite a lot of family dynamics in between, that help with character development, but also just to understand why they act the way they do.
I fell in love with the story and highly recommend it!