Review: This Is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer

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Addie Emerson doesn’t believe in love, at least for herself. A straightlaced, brilliant girl, she’s more interested in getting an A than falling in love. But Addie is determined to prove the science of love—because Addie Emerson does believe in science.

Science tells her that “love” is nothing more than the brain’s state under the influence of certain chemicals. And by artificially stimulating those chemicals, the brain can totally be tricked into falling in love. So Addie decides to apply that knowledge—and make her classmates fall in love—to win the coveted Athenian Award for Science in her elite private school. One way to speed up the process—adrenaline—she’ll put her classmates in dangerous, high-risk situations . . . and research the fallout.

But a mysterious new guy keeps messing with her plans. And she kind of can’t stop thinking about his gorgeous brown eyes. With backstabbing competitors—including her former lab partner, the preppy, wealthier-than-thou Dex—and more than one pair of star-crossed lovers—can Addie manage to salvage her experiment and win the Athenian? And what happens if she does the unthinkable—and falls in love?

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Addie is spending time at the Academy finishing up her project to present.  She knows how she is and when she meets Kris on the plane she decides to broaden her circle of friends.  Her best friend is always telling her to do so.  Addie doesn’t read cues well or understand subtlety.  She understands the brain and how it works.
Kris is on his way back to the Academy to serve his punishment.  He is lucky he didn’t get expelled like the others that were caught.  They don’t care either way about what happened.  Kris knew they were jerks and can’t believe he got involved with them. 
So when he meets a quirky young girl on the plane, things seem to be going well considering the major turbulence and almost dying. Then he finds out who the girl on the plane really is.  The blame for his situation seems to fall on her shoulders and she doesn’t even know it.  He is required to return to the academy to work off the damage that was incurred when he, his girlfriend Kara and friend Mack trashed the lab.  Kara and Mack were expelled.
Kris is also volunteered by the headmaster to participate in an experiment being done by, who else, but Addie and her lab partner Dex.  Kris finds Addie interesting.  She is really smart and unlike anyone he has ever met.  He finds her a challenge and he likes talking to her.
Addie on the other hand has taken an oath not to get involved with a male until she has received her doctorate.  She doesn’t understand Kris half the time and is unsure how to react except literally which she does understands.  Her fascination with the brain drives her.  Her experiment is her focus but Kris is trying hard to get her attention also.
Addie was a great character.  She was definitely not your typical teenage character in a YA romance storyline.  She strikes me as someone who would be on the Autism Spectrum as extremely high functioning in areas except socially.  In that sense the author was able to create situations that we may take for granted but Addie has a difficult time maneuvering through it.  It added so much to the story.  She was such a hoot to read about.

Kris is also a great character.  His immediate past is not a good one concerning the lab.  I like that he got a second chance and he makes the best of it.  He also finds Addie fascinating with all her quirks.  I find that adorable.  He embraces her differences instead of ridicules them like the others do.  I like the messages the author sends with this story.  It was a fun read with great characters.  I give it a 4 out of 5.

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