I received this book for free from ALAMW in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer
Published by HarperCollins on 2016-05-10
Genres: Friendship, Love & Romance, Social Issues, Young Adult
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Jane Austen’s Emma meets The Rosie Project in this quirky, irresistible, romantic comedy from Sarah Strohmeyer, the author of Smart Girls Get What They Want.
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?
This book was definitely cute and a really fast read but I just didn’t fall in love with it. The characters were fun and the premise was interesting but it was really hard to connect with the main character. Overall, I’d recommend it when you’re looking for a light, fun read to cleanse your palate between those heavier, more intense books.
Addie is the main character in this book and she is very, very smart. Smart to the point where she analyzes everything, doesn’t quite understand jokes and idioms, and has a hard time relating to and being able to “read” people. Even at her very advanced private boarding school, she’s teased and called weird. She has a couple of very good friends but spends most of her time in the science lab working on her experiemtns. She’s back at school for the summer term to work on a specific experiment. If the experiement goes as planned and her hypothesis is correct, she’ll submit it for a scholarship to Harvard, which is her dream school and she can’t afford it on her own.
Right from the beginning of the book, we see that Addie is definitely different from the average teen. She’s analyzing situations based on how the brain and body’s chemicals are reacting to them. High stress situations release certain chemicals in the body and the bro ain reacts accordingly. She states all of this very matter-of-factly and we learn a lot about her in a very short amount of time. Addie doesn’t express many emotions and says what she’s thinking even if it might not be very nice. She’s not at all a typical main character and because she refused to show emotions so often or just didn’t feel them, it was hard to really connect with her. It’s not that I didn’t like her, thought it would be difficult to be friends with someone who so often pointed out when you were wrong, it’s just that it was really hard to understand her reasons for some of the things she did. Especially at the end of the book, when I thought I finally had a grasp on who she was, she acted very differently than I thought she would. And since I like to really understand my characters when reading a book and connect with them emotionally, I had a little bit of a hard time with this book.
But that was the only real problem I had with the book. It was really just a fun book. This is definitely not one you should take too seriously. It’s like a fun high school rom-com. One I’d probably watch over and over again. The characters find themselves in funny or weird situations, the best friends support each other and work together, there’s an evil ex and a saboteur. So many road blocks in the way of Addie’s goal. And even though I may not have loved Addie, I did want to see her succeed.
Overall, I do recommend this book. It was fun and cute and definitely the perfect read for in between those heavier “issues” books. There did seem to be a few minor inconsistencies which might bug some people but otherwise, it’s a high school rom-com I’d be happy to watch over and over again.