My Mechanical Romance


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$18.99  $17.66
Holiday House
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5.51 X 8.35 X 1.02 inches | 0.8 pounds

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About the Author

Alexene Farol Follmuth is a first-generation American, a romance enthusiast, and a lover and writer of stories. Alexene has penned a number of adult SFF projects under the name Olivie Blake, including the webtoon Clara and the Devil and the New York Times best seller and BookTok-viral The Atlas Six. My Mechanical Romance is her YA debut. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, new baby, and rescue pit bull. Find her at


The characters' struggles are realistic, and the romantic chemistry is palpable, making this a joyful read.--Publishers Weekly

This novel is full of charm. . . . 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.--School Library Journal

This lively teen romance, with alternating narration from Bel and Teo, is packed with humor as well as tender moments, while also reflecting common anxieties. . . .--The Horn Book

The message is clear: Women deserve to take up space in the STEM world too. A delightful teen romance about building robots--and new futures.--Kirkus Reviews

My Mechanical Romance shines a light on the struggles bright young girls face in STEM fields, and combines it with an adorable romance that will leave you warm and smiling long after the last page. It's romcom perfection.--Adiba Jaigirdar, author of The Henna Wars, a TIME's 100 Best YA Books of All Time

Hilarious, heartfelt, and positively banterific, My Mechanical Romance is a can't-miss debut. Bel and Teo are two brilliant teens whose snarky chemistry leaps off the page, even as they slowly reveal the layers of their hearts--Bel's struggle to be taken seriously as a girl of color in STEM, and Teo's fear that he'll never live up to everyone's sky-high expectations. Bel and Teo don't just build kick-ass robots; they create a beautiful organic love story that helps them both discover all the best versions of themselves. I swooned, I cheered, and I will definitely read everything else Alexene Farol Follmuth writes! --Monica Gomez-Hira, author of Once Upon a Quinceañera