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This is My Brain in Love

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  25 reviews
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
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!
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.
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.
Mar 16, 2020 added it
Shelves: 2020-releases
It was really jarring to see so much of myself in Will, and maaaan I wish I'd had this book in high school or even college so I could've understood exactly what was going on with my brain and why I sucked at the sourcing aspect of Journalism. I thought this was really great, if a little lighter on the "love" portion than I was expecting - and an excellent reading buddy with Jennifer Dugan's VERONA COMICS - and was inspired enough by the author's note and resources to flag them so I could use ...more
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
*Thanks to The Novl for sending me an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review
THIS IS MY BRAIN IN LOVE was such a great read! Its a fantastic story of love, family, friendship, culture, and mental illness. First, I loved the characters. Jocelyn and Will were fun, realistic, smart protagonists, and I loved seeing both of their perspectives. Jocelyn is Asian and Will is Nigerian, and their families and cultures play a huge role in their lives and motivations. There was lots of discussion
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, physical-2020
3.5-4 stars

Full of tough topics, this book doesn't shy away from how real and serious mental health can be. I devoured this book and hope to have my review done soon.

Thanks to the publisher for the free copy in exchange for my honest review.
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.
Mar 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved I.W. Gregorio's first book, None of the Above, so when I found out about This is My Brain in Love, I couldnt wait to get my hands on a copy of it. As it turns out, I love it even more than I loved None of the Above.

There is so much to talk about in This is My Brain in Love that I dont know where to start. I love the fact that its not a one-dimension portrayal of characters of color. Every character in this book is three-dimensional, from Jocelyn and Will to Priya, to their parents.

Thank you, The NOVL, for sending me another great ARC in exchange for an honest review! I loved the first half of this book, and the sweetness of a high school crush was just what I needed last week. Dual perspectives are the best way to tell a love story, in my opinion, because you can see both characters falling for each other. The cultural aspects of the book included both Chinese and Nigerian culture, and I really enjoyed seeing the similarities and differences between Jocelyn and Will's ...more
Paige Green
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received an arc from TheNovl! Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: This is My Brain in Love

Author: I. W. Gregorio

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 5/5

Diversity: Chinese and Nigerian culture/characters!

Publication Date: April 14, 2020

Genre: YA Contemporary

Recommended Age: 14+ (mental health discussed, love)

Publisher: Little Brown Books for Young Readers

Pages: 384

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Synopsis: Jocelyn Wu has just three wishes for her junior year: To make it through without dying of boredom, to
Mar 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jocelyn runs a Chinese restaurant with her family, and Will applies for a job there. About a month after Will gets a job there, they kiss, and Jocelyn's dad doesn't approve of their relationship. To be able to date each other, they need to save the restaurant. Will and Jocelyn both have mental illnesses, which I thought was interesting. Also, I think that this book helped me learn a lot about different types of mental illnesses. I thought that this book was good, but was boring at times. ...more
Beth Menendez
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved the real liked struggle these teens faced and solved their problem in ways that are not really just a bow and moving on. I liked their solutions were fairly realistic to what teenagers are capable of and I liked the dialogue this book will open.

Mar 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Brilliant book about race, family, and finding ourselves in a mixed up world.
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,
Lovely Loveday
This is My Brain in Love by I.W. Gregorio a sweet young adult romance that will sweep you off your feet. A story about two teens who deal with being first-generation immigrant kids that is charming and full of heart. Follow along as they face struggles that every teen faces along with being part of a small family business, mental health issues and falling in love. Recommended for fans of The Sun Is Also a Star. This well-written story will pull you into the lives of the characters as you go on ...more
Allison Renner
Thanks to KidLitExchange and Little Brown Young Readers for sharing This Is My Brain in Love by I.W. Gregorio. This book will be released April 14, 2020, so get excited! This is one you won't want to miss.

Jocelyn Wu has always helped out in A-Plus Chinese Garden, her family's restaurant. She and her little brother help cook, serve, clean up, roll silverware, and more - all while juggling their schoolwork and social life. Well, at least now Jos has a social life. It took her awhile to make
Mar 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from TheNovl for an honest review.

I'd rate more as 4.5 stars.

My first book by this author, I knew going into it that it'd be diverse and talk about mental health, and it delivered on both. The book follows the dual POVs of Jocelyn (Jos) Wu and William (Will) Dominici, and is set in a small(ish) town called Utica in central New York. Jocelyn's family own a small Chinese restaurant named A-Plus Chinese Garden, and in an effort to help her family's business and not have to move,
Jyll Foy
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There are many reassuring truths to be learned from This is My Brain in Love. Im not sure how the author crawled into the heads of these characters, but its spot-on the way teens think. And make no mistake - I was very willing to visually eavesdrop on their thoughts! My own long-past teen insecurities came rushing back around Page 192, and I felt the shadow of my teen years sneak up on me. I couldnt wait to see how these two handled it.

This wonderfully written book offers more than the obvious
Feb 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Mental health, race and self love are the main topics in this touching romance written by Gregorio. Will struggles with anxiety and he doesn't ever forget that his name doesn't exactly scream biracial. Jos has just learned that her family's restaurant is about to close unless a miracle happens and the last thing that Jos wants is to move away from her best friend and all she has come to love. Determined to help her father get the restaurant back on track, Jos decides to hire someone to help with ...more
Tara Weiss
Mar 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thematic chapter headings playing off of the "This is your brain on drugs" campaign which leads to an ending where both of the protagonists end up on drugs. Oh, should I have said, "Spoiler alert?" Cause there was a disclaimer at the start. Everyone is okay. Prescriptions can make you okay.

A story on the acceptance of mental illness through race and class issues, the message is driven home through hope, first love, and a desire to succeed that is a human quality, not one tied to gender, race,
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
4.5 stars

This was really a fantastic read. The author really has nailed the teenage voice and made the two points of view distinctive. Both Joce and Will have such different backgrounds that spans across race and class and both characters were so well developed. Joce especially, as she takes on the responsibility to help her family's restaurant succeed. You can feel the stress and pressure, as well as her self doubt, just radiate off her. Mental illness is compassionately addressed as well as
Feb 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-mt-bookpile
This is essentially an average YA romance but I'm giving an extra star because it's set in my home city. There were two points I'd quibble with but nothing that people not from the area wouldn't know, and there are places mentioned that certainly prove the author grew up there! When I told my father about the premise, his first comment was that no, Chinese restaurants do not do well there and applauded the realism.

The discussion of teen depression is very well done, showing it can manifest in
Jan 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I appreciated the development of Jocelyns 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 theyre dealing with anxiety or depression, and this novel will help them to recognize how their thinking is similar to Jocelyns or Wills. 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
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a meticulously smart, touching and culturally sensitive read!

You don't have to love YA to enjoy this book, you just have to be human and and believe in the goodness in others. This is a top read for me this year!

More review to come!
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I felt it in my soul because the teens in the book said things I said when younger. When I didn't know what caused my tummy aches and that I needed more than "calm down" for advice. I didn't know I needed better tools to deal with anxiety and depression. I just wanted to be normal... not realizing there is no normal. Fantastic book.
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