November 9, 2017

Blog Tour: The First Kiss Hypothesis by Christina Mandelski – Interview and Giveaway


Hello Readers!  Welcome to our Tour Stop for

The First Kiss Hypothesis by Christina Mandelski

presented by Entangled Teen Crush!

We have Christina on the blog today for a quick Q&A!

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and be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!



Nora Reid believes scientific laws control everything, even love. With her grandparents’ epic first kiss story cemented in her brain, Nora develops a hypothesis she’s determined to prove:for each person in the world, there is exactly one other person, and at first kiss, they’ll experience an immediate and intense reaction.

But after four years of zero-reaction kisses, she comes up with a new theory: maybe that pesky crush on her stunningly hot best friend Eli Costas is skewing her results.

She needs to get rid of him, and fast.

Eli Costas is an injury-prone lacrosse star with a problem—the one chance he had at winning over the girl next door resulted in the most epically sucktastic first kiss ever. And now she’s…trying to get rid of him? Hell no. It’s time to disprove her theory and show her exactly what she’s missing.
Game. On.

Disclaimer: This book contains a stunningly hot lacrosse player who isn’t above playing dirty to win over the stubborn girl-next-door of his dreams.

The First Kiss Hypothesis by Christina Mandelski
Publication Date: November 6, 2017
Publisher: Entangled Teen

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Thanks so much for taking the time and spending time with us here at Chapter by Chapter!

Thanks so much for having me on the blog! I’m excited to be here to chat about my new YA romance, The First Kiss Hypothesis. I love the story so much, and I hope it’s readers do too.



Describe your book in 140 characters or less (like a Tweet)

Science tells Nora that Eli is not the One. He thinks her theory is unstable. What will it take to get these inert compounds to react?



What was your inspiration for writing this book?  Was it in a dream? A thought while taking a walk?

I loved that it’s a twist on the old romantic theme of finding true love’s first kiss. Nora, the heroine, believes in the magic, but she’s also a scientist who trusts the laws that govern the universe. She’s turned her romantic life into a big experiment. She’s going to kiss guys until she finds that one big BANG of a first kiss that will let her know she’s found forever love. All others need not apply. So what happens if they one guy she’s in love with is also a guy she shared a terrible first kiss with?   It seemed like it would be a fun story to write – and it was!



Tell us about the main character(s).

I think Nora’s awesome. High school senior – knows what she wants to do in life but is a little unsure of how to get there. She’s super smart, and wants to save the planet, animals, and humans – she’s got a self-conscious side, but she’s also badass and confident in many ways. She’s nervous about going away to college – she has friend troubles but doesn’t care all that much. And what she really wants is to rid herself of her frustrating crush on her neighbor, Eli, so that she can move forward and prove her first kiss hypothesis. I love how she has all these fears, but also dreams and hopes and she really, really wants to fall in completely, forever and truly in love.


Eli is a classic underachiever who excels at lacrosse but doesn’t put any effort into anything else. He’s a slacker, but he’s also smart – he’s got an 84 in English, after all. When he realizes he could lose Nora to a college in Georgia – he also realizes what he’s had right under his nose all these years, and that he has to do something fast.



Do you have a favorite quote or specific part in the book that you really love?

Yes! Since the narration switches between Eli and Nora, I have a few – I love it when Nora is trying to resist the urge to go running to her bathroom window to look at Eli as he takes out the recycling. I don’t want to say I have done something like this before – but okay, I have.


For Eli, I love the scene when Eli is getting an MRI on his knee. He knows he can’t be in love with Nora, but for those few minutes he allows himself to imagine what it could be like if they could get together.


I also love the scene when they’re together in the car in the garage. I imagined that scene like it was in a John Hughes movie – if only!



Was there a specific part in the book that you had an especially difficult time writing?  If so, why?

It’s hard to write sad stuff, and it wasn’t easy to write Nora’s grandma, who is in an assisted living center and is having memory issues – I think it’s important to put these kinds of things in books, since so many of us have to deal with them.



What sort of projects do you have going on right now.  Any new books coming out?

Yes – I’m working on my second book from Entangled Crush, and it still needs a title. It isn’t a sequel, but it is set in Edinburgh, with a new focus on a different couple (hint: you’ll recognize the hero from the first book!) This one has been a lot of fun to write too!



It was great having you on the blog today!  We hope you’ll decide to stop by again someday, and we wish you much success!! 



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1 Comment

  1. Lacey Waters

    Best friends to lovers stories are awesome :)

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