This is My Brain on Boys
By Sarah Strohmeyer
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published May 10th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
Average Rating: 3.34
Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction
POV: Third Person (Addie & Kris)
Cover Love: Love the font, and the birds are adorable. This cover suits the story insanely well.
My Rating: 3.5/5 stars
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 is definitely a 3 star book, so why did I give it 3.5 stars?? Because of the damn science facts. My weakness.
There was immediate interest when Addie started spewing off facts and I absolutely loved that. The whole novel in her POV was her explaining her emotions using facts and her life in facts. It was nerdy and amusing and absolutely not for everyone. If I didn’t love the facts, I’m 100% I would have DNF this novel or rated it much much lower.
Boyfriends demanded too much time and energy, every last bit of which needed to be devoted to earning a full scholarship to Harvard-or a school of similar quality.
Addie is focused on school and boys aren’t in her vocabulary. She wants to ace her project so she can get accepted to Harvard. Her project is finding the scientific secret to love and discovering the steps to make two people fall in love with each other. Her theory was cool and creative and if it wasn’t in a YA novel, I would have believed it. (I’m totally going to research it). Addie was hilarious; she was blunt and sarcastic. Because Addie is so uptight about school, her character development was the best to watch. Her confidence grew as she interacted with Kris, she learned to have fun and not always lean on her intelligence, and realized that things aren’t always black and white.
Kris was cute as hell…and that’s where everything ended on his part. I absolutely skimmed his POV. It was so…blah. I wasn’t for it and he was literally there for the romance portion of the novel. I didn’t see any reason for his character other than that.
Addie’s eyes were gray. Or were they blue? He looked away from Lauren to check. They were gray-blue, like the bands of limestone he’d seen in the Himalayans. Mesmerizing.
Plot was slow. What kept me entertained were the facts and the looming result of Addie’s project. The storyline was creative and unique but the writing wasn’t engaging. A huge part of plot was Addie’s character development. Again, she was the reason why I kept reading. Needless to say, plot was meh.
What sucked even more was the romance wasn’t the best. It didn’t develop enough and there was no closure at the end. Mind you, there was enough angst to keep me somewhat satisfied but the ending erased all that development. I was not impressed with that ending. The ending was abrupt. That is not how you end a novel. I had too many questions about their relationship and about Addie’s project. There was no closure whatsoever.
This Is My Brain On Boys is a short contemporary romance. It centers around a character who lives in a world of facts, but when she starts falling in love, her heart and her brain are at odds. This novel had a slight problem with engagement and the ending was unacceptable. I did love the scientific facts and Addie’s character development. This novel is not for everyone.