Title: This Is My Brain on Boys
Author: Sarah Strohmeyer
Publication Date: May 10th, 2016
Genres & Themes: Young-adult, romance, contemporary.
Addie Emerson doesn’t believe in love. Not for herself, anyway. With one year left of high school, she’s more interested in snagging a full scholarship to Harvard than a full-time boyfriend.
That doesn’t mean she’s oblivious to the ways of the heart. Or, rather, the head. Because after months of research, Addie has discovered how to make anyone fall in love. All you need is the secret formula.
But will her discovery be enough to win the coveted Athenian Award and all its perks? (See above, full scholarship to Harvard.) Or will she be undone by Dexter, her backstabbing lab partner, who is determined to deep-six her experiments at their exclusive private school?
Those are the least of her problems now that she’s survived a death-defying flight with a mysterious, dark-haired boy, who has delicious chocolate-brown eyes and a few secrets of his own.
With an experiment to mastermind, an infatuated exchange student on her hands, and at least one great white shark (more on that later), can Addie’s prefrontal cortex outwit her heart? Or will she have to give in to her amygdala and find out, once and for all, if this thing called love is more than just her brain on drugs?
Addie is a neuroscience nerd who is conducting an experiment on people falling in love. However, she has no plans of falling in love herself because she wants to get a full scholarship to Harvard and not a boyfriend. But, then she meets this guy on a plane and he’s “tall, dark and handsome” and both are obviously attracted to each other. But, the attractive guy has secrets that might not be well-loved by Addie.
Addie is a fun character. She makes jokes even without realizing that she’s joking. She also makes a lot of scientific observation and neuroscience stuff that flew right over my head. I was LITERALLY like this during all her neuroscience rants:
The book was really cute and I enjoyed it a lot even though all the science observations weren’t too kind to me (ashamed to say this because I’m a lover of science) but there were some things that bothered me a lot. So let’s get to that part:
- The book was slow-paced and happened over a period of 7 days (i.e a week) but it felt more like a month. It was so detailed and so much happened over a week.
- The ending – Am I still confused? Definitely. I wish the author explained the ending more.
- And why wasn’t Kris affected by that revelation?
- Some characters felt too unreal and alien-ish like Dexter. I HATE HIM!! He was more like a robot than a normal human being.
- Kris (the attractive guy) not telling Kara (his girlfriend) that their relationship is over while also flirting with Addie. I mean, whaaaaat??!
All in all, the book was a cute and light read and I enjoyed it a lot.
About the Author:
Sarah Strohmeyer is the award-winning, nationally bestselling author of 17 novels for young adults and adults, including the Bubbles Yablonsky mystery series, SMART GIRLS GET WHAT THEY WANT and THE CINDERELLA PACT, which became the Lifetime Movie, LYING TO BE PERFECT.
Her first mystery, BUBBLES UNBOUND, won the Agatha Award and THE SLEEPING BEAUTY PROPOSAL was nominated for a prestigious RITA™. Her books have been translated into German, French, Italian, Turkish, Taiwanese and a bunch of others.
Her next YA book – THIS IS MY BRAIN ON BOYS – will be published by Balzer + Bray on May 10, 2016.