Capture (Elements of Chemistry #3) by Penny ReidCapture by Penny Reid
Published May 2015
Series: Elements of Chemistry #3
Genres: New Adult, Young Adult
Format: eBook
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One week.
Manhattan apartment.
Super-hot ex-boyfriend.

What’s the worst that could happen?

It’s been nine months since Kaitlyn Parker has seen or heard from Martin Sandeke—nine months and five stages of matter. She’s lived through the worst of first-love heartbreak, and is most certainly stronger (and less likely to hide in science cabinets) than ever before.
But now Martin is back. And he wants to be friends. But he’s sending mixed signals to the Bunsen burner in Kaitlyn’s pants.
Will Martin re-capture Kaitlyn’s heart? Can Kaitlyn and Martin ever be just friends? Or, despite an abundance of chemistry, are some bonds just too unstable to endure?

When school-nerd Kaitlyn Parker hears about a complot against her lab-partner and secret crush Martin Sandeke while she was hiding in the chemistry lab closet (don’t ask), her instincts tell her to give him the heads-up. Not because that would earn her an IOU from the school’s most popular jock (who she shouldn’t fantasize about, to begin with), but because it’s the reasonable thing to do. What she didn’t expect from Martin in return though, are a kiss and an invitation to spend spring break with him.

She also never expected those couple of days to feel so great, and that she could open her heart and her mind to all things Martin Sandeke. But as the one wonderful week she spent with Martin finally ends, reality comes crushing down and forces her to make adjustments – even though they go against her heart.

What I loved about this book:

  • The great storytelling
  • The humour
  • The main characters (especially Kaitlyn)
  • All the feels!

What I felt needed improvement:

  • Absolutely nothing!

Capture: Elements of Chemistry by Penny Reid is Part 3 of the Elements of Chemistry Series, and should not be read as a standalone. Also, this review contains massive spoilers that might take the fun out of reading Part 1 and 2. So if you haven’t read those already (and I highly encourage you to do just that!), please refrain from reading this review.

Capture doesn’t pick up exactly where Heat left off, but 6 months after Kaitlyn and Martin’s break-up. Needless to say that a lot of time has passed, and Kaitlyn is still recovering from her heartbreak. However, it turns out that Kaitlyn’s encounter with Martin, albeit heartbreaking, was extremely beneficial to her. She finally started thinking about herself (and what she actually wants), rather than making the choices her parents expected her to. Also, what happened between her and Martin caused for a major family fallout, which left her plenty of time to reconsider.

“I reminded myself that this was Martin Sandeke, who always expected people to jump when he said so, who’d never had a problem yelling at females and males and turtles and grass and furniture.”

So Kaitlyn is still the “old Kaitlyn” at heart (intelligent, funny and sarcastic), yet, the reformed version of her is more determined and independent than ever. She’s almost over all the stages of grief (read: heartbreak) and moving on to new chapters in her life. Out of self-preservation, Kaitlyn decides to not keep up to date with Martin Sandeke’s achievements: she knows plain well that he is brilliant enough to make all things work out in his favour and be the next Bill Gates. Kaitlyn is totally fine with that (or at least she thought so), that is until she crosses paths with Martin again after months and months of absence.

During their time spent apart, Martin has indeed become very successful – and wealthy. Material possessions such as a fancy apartment, and nice car and monogrammed linens are now a given to him, but personality-wise, he’s also changed a lot and gained in maturity. So when he seeks out Kaitlyn to offer that they be friends again, something terrifying clicks in Kaitlyn’s mind: 1) she is not over him at all and 2) there is no way in the world she could ever just be friends with Martin but 3) for the sake of being a reasoned person, she is going to give it her best shot.

“He’d told me at the time that he could never be indifferent enough to be my friend. That he would always want me too fiercely too settle for just friendship. If he wanted to be friends now, that could only mean he’d become indifferent to me. He didn’t want me anymore. And that made my vain, selfish heart hurt.

Capture is filled with tons of unexpected things: potential love interests, hidden agendas and lots of tears cried over such an awful heartbreak, and over the realization that both of them have changed. But is it for the better or for the worse?

Capture holds a much more mature tone, and feels more New Adult then the two first books, who were definitely more on the Young Adult side. Part 3 of the Elements of Chemistry Series is definitely wiser and deals with “bigger” things, which cast a more long-term outlook on Martin and Kaitlyn’s relationship. We’re no longer just thinking about 1 week on a tropical island – which is how it all began – but about much more significant timelines, and I very much enjoyed it.

Also, the outcome to all the twists and turns in the story is definitely a great one. Penny reid did an amazing job of tying up all the loose ends of the story, keeping the reader 100% involved during each part of the Series thanks to a more than spectacular character development, a constant level of heartfelt emotions, humour and overall writing quality. Elements of Chemistry is definitely a series I would recommend to anyone, and would rank within my Must-Reads of 2015.

“And in that moment, I had a thought. Maybe that’s what real love is. Maybe love, at its essence, is being a mirror for another person – for the good parts and the bad. Perhaps love is simply finding that one person who sees you clearly, cares for you deeply, challenges and supports you, and subsequently helps you see and be your true self. Love, I decided, is being a sidekick.”


Detailed Rating
5 Stars
5 Stars
5 Stars
All the feels
5 Stars
Overall: five-stars