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Jocelyn Wu has just three wishes for her junior year: To make it through without dying of boredom, to direct a short film with her BFF Priya Venkatram, and to get at least two months into the year without being compared to or confused with Peggy Chang, the only other Chinese girl in her grade.

Will Domenici has two goals: to find a paying summer internship, and to prove he
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Expected publication: April 14th 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Laurie Anderson
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
A delightful story of real-world teen struggles and and how the balance point of love and brains is joy.I really enjoyed this book! ...more
Katerina Kondrenko
6.7 out of 10

Read this book for work. Not my usual reading choice, 'cause between contemporary and mental illness I'd always pick up fantasy) Still! The story is pretty good! I mean, if not for my preferences, I'll give it 4 stars without doubts. Gregorio knows how teens think, feel and act. How families can be. And how to make different POVs different.
rachelwrites007
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Nicola Yoon
Shelves: beta-read
I was a sensitivity reader for Ilene for this book as a side character is on the autism spectrum. Charming and full of heart, THIS IS MY BRAIN IN LOVE is about two teens who deal with being first generation immigrant kids, the family business, mental health issues, and falling in love. Recommended for fans of The Sun Is Also a Star.
Emily
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Super informative, deeply compassionate & hopeful. An insightful exploration of how teen relationships and self-care are impacted by mental health.
Jenn
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arc
When Jocelyn finds out that they might have to move because her family restaurant isn't making money, she goes into overdrive. She hires Will to help them grow the business. Will wants a better position at his school newspaper and the faculty advisor says he needs more experience building a team, so he agrees to work at the restaurant.

This is My Brain in Love has so much going on and it all works. Jocelyn is Taiwanese, has depression, and her family is not well off. Will is black, has anxiety,
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Oona
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I appreciated the development of Jocelyn’s character, because the escalation of her negative self talk over the course of the novel is totally believable. There are likely many teens out there who have no idea that they’re dealing with anxiety or depression, and this novel will help them to recognize how their thinking is similar to Jocelyn’s or Will’s. Another element to appreciate was the ways in which anxiety and the overthinking that comes along with it can paralyze us. As a reader who has ...more
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