This is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer


Brain on Boys

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?

– Synopsis from Goodreads


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I’ve never had this much fun reading about scientific tidbits before. I think I learned more from This is My Brain On Boys than during my science classes in high school (not that the lessons were lacking but because I was tuning them out).

This is My Brain On Boys kind of reminds me of The Big Bang Theory, the sitcom not the theory theory, and I looooove TBBT. People who are so knowledgeable in Science, you would think they would just cruise through daily living, right? Nuh-uh. They struggle, my friend.

Or in this case, Addie does. There’s this scene where she tries (emphasis on tries) to make things better when they are aboard an airplane. Hilarity ensues.

I also get this feminist vibe that I very much like from the book. There are well-concealed digs against the opposite sex. Or are there? Whatever. It is how I interpret it so… haha.

This is My Brain On Boys tells us that revenge is not always a dish best serve cold. Sometimes revenge is a scientific falling-in-love experiment. Just B.A.D.A.S.S. *Winks suggestively*

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Their bond was like the lithium iodide of friendship—powerfully electrifying and permanently unbreakable.


That’s what angered her the most—their assumptions, their quickness to judge, the joy they took in making her depressed.


“Be normal. Like we’ve practiced.”

Normalcy is overrated. Let her speak.”


An unexamined life is not worth living.

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The nerdy, smart ones. It’s high time you have your fun.


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