Title: This Is My Brain on Boys
Author: Sarah Strohmeyer
Synopsis: 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?
Huge thank you to Harper Collins for sending me an ARC of this for review!
Now THIS is the type of Strohmeyer book I love! I was a HUGE fan of Smart Girls and was rather disappointed with a few of her other books… but this THIS book was up there with Smart Girls!
Addie Emerson is a Sheldon Cooper/ Sherlock Holmes style genius. She goes to a special school where she can excel in her own way. She’s over literal and very smart. This gets her into trouble socially. Thankfully she has a best friend who understands her and takes care of her, a lab partner who’s similar to her, and a few other people in her corner. On an airplane that almost crashes into Logan Airport she meets Kris and they have an immediate connection.
Later on Addie finds out that Kris was the cause of a lot of bullying and grief that she had to deal with the previous year. Her friends are against her being around him, but he can’t be avoided because as a part of his penance for his previous year’s sins he has to take part in Addie’s experiment about… if you can make people fall in love.
This book was SO funny. Addie is a riot and she’s not too over the top. I loved how her friends dealt with her like they KNOW that she’s weird but they love her for it. I enjoyed her relationship with Kris and while I THINK I know what happened at the end I was a little confused about it… and what Addie’s true feelings were.
Overall I’m really glad that I gave Strohmeyer another shot because damn I love books like this!