by Sarah Strohmeyer
Hardcover: 352 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (May 10, 2016)
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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?
Have you ever met someone who is so literal it hurts? Well meet Addie Emerson, the most literal person EVER, fictional or no. It's almost funny when people use everyday metaphors or expressions that you wouldn't think twice about, but Addie doesn't get it. For example, in the book a character said, something along the lines of you're out of picture and she said that she's in the family picture, she just stands in the back because she's tall.......
But all that aside, This is My Brain on Boys was CRAZY. Like my brain on boys has exploded into little tiny pieces. It's like one of those things where there is so much going on you really have to pay attention and remember every single word or you'll miss something important. I consider myself very good at figuring out plot twists and endings before they come but let me say, *MIND BLOWN*.
This book is also very scientificy. Addie is like an expert on the brain and its functions, so she uses a lot of scientific terms that I don't really get. But using the context, I can get some kind of grasp on what on earth she's talking about. So don't feel bad if you didn't get what was going on half the time, I didn't either.
Now it's time to discuss, The Guy. Addie meets Kris, on a plane ride. A plane ride that did not go very smoothly (read: death defying). As their time together goes on, she realizes that he goes to her school. Addie is excited at the prospect of having a new friend to add to her small list, but something is amiss, as it always is. Her best friend knows something about Kris that she's keeping from Addie. Because, in Hanna Montana's excellent words, nobody's perfect.
Overall the book was cute and funny, a good book to read that won't last too long (unless you're a super slow reader like my mom).
P.S. I hate Dex.
P.P.S. I am not a fan of the school staff either.