My mechanical romance

Alexene Farol Follmuth

Book - 2022

High school senior Bel Maier has an aptitude for engineering and teams up with robotics team captain, Mateo Luna, but after a rough start together the nights of after-school work lead to romance.

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School fiction
Romance fiction
New York : Holiday House 2022.
First edition
Physical Description
266 pages ; 22 cm
Ages 14 Up
Grades 10-12
Main Author
Alexene Farol Follmuth (author)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Seventeen-year-old Bel Maier, who is half-Filipino and half-white, doesn't know what she wants to do with her life. She has been avoiding college applications, but her knack for engineering and love of building things lands her a spot on her private Los Angeles high school's robotics team after a teacher encourages her to audition. Bel's initial disinterest in math and sciences and her unorthodox approach to projects causes friction within the team, however, and she butts heads with intense club leader Mateo "Teo" Luna, who is half-Mexican and half-white, and Indian American Neelam Dasari, the only other girl on the team. When Bel and Teo fall for each other, they must navigate a relationship amid the boys' club atmosphere of high school robotics, even as a cutthroat competition and uncertainty about their post-high school futures work against them. Follmuth's humorous debut lightly addresses discrimination faced by women of color in STEM, as well as issues of privilege and resource accessibility, set within an upbeat romantic comedy populated by a sympathetic and inclusive cast. The characters' struggles are realistic, and the romantic chemistry is palpable, making this a joyful read. Ages 12–up. Agent: Amelia Appel, Triada US. (May) Copyright 2022 Publishers Weekly.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 7 Up—This novel is full of charm. The story follows Bel, a girl who does not want to stress about the future, such as college applications, and has no interest in any after-school activities, for she has other things in mind instead—like laying low and not worrying about what is to come. A problem arises for her when she showcases her hidden talent, which is that she's good at engineering. So good, that she finds herself immediately dragged into the school's robotics club. Problem is, it's all mostly guys in there, and the girls don't seem to really like her. But, when she meets Mateo Luna, who is captain of the club, he makes it obvious that he believes in her talents. Bel and Mateo start disagreeing, but she also loves that he supports having women in STEM careers. What follows is an engaging story, filled with lessons about believing in yourself when you never thought you could and believing others who might see the shine you never thought was possible. VERDICT Perfect for middle school and high school libraries seeking a unique story.—Aurora Dominguez Copyright 2022 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

High school senior Bel Maier has an aptitude for engineering and teams up with robotics team captain, Mateo Luna, but after a rough start together the nights of after-school work lead to romance.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Basically forced to join the robotics club due to her talent for engineering, Bel must work side-by-side with Mateo Luna, and soon the two realize they’ve built much more than a robot for the national championship. Simultaneous eBook.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Opposites attract in this nerdy YA romance from the NYT best-selling author of The Atlas Six!Bel doesn't want to think about the future. College apps? You’re funny. Extracurriculars? Not a chance. Joining a robotics club filled with boys who ignore her or--even worse--constantly ask if she needs help? Please, anything but that. But when she accidentally reveals a talent for engineering in class, she has no choice. Enter Mateo Luna, the handsome captain of the club.Teo instantly recognizes Bel's talent. He needs her on the team. And not just because he can't stop thinking about the tiny dusting of freckles around her eyes, or how she got him hooked on Taylor Swift--it's because Bel sees him. She challenges him. But when they seriously start butting heads, Bel wonders: Is there really room for a girl like her in STEM?In her YA debut, Alexene Farol Follmuth, author of The Atlas Six (under the penname Olivie Blake), explores both the challenges girls of color face in STEM and the vulnerability of first love with unfailing wit and honesty. Told from dual points of view, My Mechanical Romance is not only swoonworthy--it's downright empowering.A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection