SYNOPSIS AND SPOILER-FREE REVIEW: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?
The characters are well-done and defined, which is extremely important in order to connect to the story. Each one of them has their peculiar characteristics and I came to adore them all, especially our main character and the love interest.
Addie, the main character, was definitely annoying in the first pages of the book, when you know nothing about her. I did not like her during that period. She sounded like a know-it-all and ended up tiring me with her way of speaking with brain tecnicisms all the time. However, she did seem funny and cute some times. As the story developed, so did the characters, and so did Addie. I started liking her so much that I could even relate to her in some aspects. She is an extremely cute girl, hard-working and completely dedicated to her passions. I loved that, her will to give everything up, even love, for her studies and life goals.
Kris, on the other hand, I liked from page one. He is a rather mysterious character, with some secrets from the past, some hurtful secrets that if spread, could hurt others. I really like his personality, his ideology... Definitely loved his bravery. Kris' bravery is tested several times throughout the story and I totally fell in love with him and his way of acting and caring.
Secondary characters add a lot of substance to the story, and they make it even more special and funny, but I am not going to discuss them in depth because I think it is a lot better to discover them first-hand.
Let's talk about the experiment Addie is being a part of. She is designing -actually, testing- a hypothesis she fully believes in. She thinks she can manage people's feelings if put in risky situations. Along with her experiment, Dex, her lab partner, is doing one of his own and may be thinking of leaving Addie and dedicating to his project. Which may have consequences for the both of them.
The experiments were incredibly enjoyable as well as explained with total sense, with what I personally think is a great research from the author. Really, I was impressed by how well proved it all was, so scientific and funny at the same time.
I am totally stunned at how original and unique this whole story is.
This Is My Brain on Boys is a romantic comedy, and though I would have liked there to be more romance, it is impossible to deny the comedy part. It is true that the romance was not fully explored, and maybe the ending (not the epilogue) was not as closed as I would have liked... But. Because of that "incomplete" ending, the epilogue comes in as a surprise and wonderful actual ending of a magic and funny and smart and nerdy and cute story.
*Thank you, HarperCollins, for sending me an ARC.