My Mechanical Romance

About the Book:

Title: My Mechanical Romance
Author: Alexene Farol Follmuth
Publisher: Holiday House
Release Date: May 31st 2022
Genre: YA

Opposites attract in this battle-robot-building YA romance from the NYT best-selling author of The Atlas Six.

Bel would rather die than think about the future. College apps? You’re funny. Extracurriculars? Not a chance. But when she accidentally reveals a talent for engineering at school, she’s basically forced into joining the robotics club. Even worse? All the boys ignore Bel—and Neelam, the only other girl on the team, doesn’t seem to like her either.
Enter Mateo Luna, captain of the club, who recognizes Bel as a potential asset—until they start butting heads. Bel doesn’t care about Nationals, while Teo cares too much. But as the nights of after-school work grow longer and longer, Bel and Teo realize they’ve made more than just a combat-ready robot for the championship: they’ve made each other and the team better. Because girls do belong in STEM.

Book Review:

This was a fun read! I was drawn to this book by the cover and the title. It sounded like a fascinating book and I was really excited to read it and see how it would turn out. My Mechanical Romance is written by Alexene Farol Follmuth. 

Bel was a relatable character. She was a senior in high school and yet she didn’t know what she wanted to do or what school she wanted to attend. She was just trying her best to get through high school, but then she gets put on the robotics team and she starts to see things differently. However things in the robotic team are more difficult than it seems. The only other girl hates her and the boys don’t listen to her. To make matters worse she has to deal with Teo, a guy who has ambition, drive, and single-minded focus. Will Bel be able to survive the robotics team?

It was fun to read about Bel as she started to find her place. I thought that she was a pretty cool character, she was just so talented with building and creating things. However Bel also had no drive and she needed to learn that things in life don’t come easy. Bel had to figure out what it meant to reach for her dreams and strive for it. 

Teo was also interesting. He was so focused on school and doing well, but at times he got a bit sexist. I have to admit, I did not like Teo at first but he grew on me. He didn’t see Bel or listen to her and that was so frustrating. But I did like his growth in the book as he learned to step back and listen to his teammates. 

Teo and Bel were a cute couple, they were very different and so they balanced each other out. It was interesting to read about the robotics part, I know nothing about robotics so if what Follmuth wrote was true, it is very cool. I also liked how Bel was half Filipino, I am half Filipino and I am always looking for books that represent Asians. I was very happy to see Bel and Neelam, the other girls standing up for girls in STEM. I was disappointed in some of the boys and even male teachers who did not think that Bel and Neelam were good enough. But unfortunately that is how things are. However I did like how by the end of the book people began to see past gender. 

Overall My Mechanical Romance was a fun book. The characters were engaging and the storyline was cool. There were a couple of innuendos and a few curse words but otherwise it was clean. I would recommend it to those 15 and up. My Mechanical Romance is a sweet YA novel. 

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher through Netgalley. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, a positive review was not required.

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