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This Is My Brain in Love

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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
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 14th 2020 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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jv poore
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: donated, young-adult
Jocelyn isn’t truly bitter. She is just very busy. Like most teens, she’d rather be doing just about anything aside from spending every available moment working for the family restaurant, A Plus. Until she hears her father talk of moving back into the city.

She did love New York, of course. But she had just started to love living here. She found bubble tea and Priya. Jocelyn will not go without a fight. She will save the business. And she will get help.

William saw the Help Wanted sign. Spending
C.G. Drews
This book is so so raw and messy as it deals with mental health and stigmas and I just appreciate that so much. Also it made me starving (10/10 would like a potsticker please) and a lot of it is set in a restaurant, just in case you (like me 😌) are here for more foodie fiction.

The heart of the book truly is: how stigmatised mental illness still is, focusing on immigrant families. Jocelyn's parents are Taiwanese and Will's mother is from Nigeria. While Will is in therapy for his anxiety, he still
Claude's Bookzone
Jul 24, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

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Public service announcement
Please understand that you will want to eat potsticker dumplings at some point during this book. I therefore suggest having a takeaway menu for your local potsticker dumpling restaurant handy at all times or the ingredients necessary to make them.
End of Public service announcement.

A good exploration of mental health and the stigma associated with it. The characters were relatable and the
Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

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I had a lot of thoughts about THIS IS MY BRAIN IN LOVE, mostly positive, but there were a couple of things I took issue with. Mostly, though, the book was a win. Set in New York, with a heroine named Jocelyn who is Tawainese and a hero named Will who is half Nigerian and half Italian, it is the story of two teens who meet each other as employer and employee, and then end up becoming so much more in a quest to save Joceyln's family restau
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!
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
When Jocelyn’s family’s restaurant is in danger of closing, she makes it her mission to brand the business and increase revenue. She posts a help wanted sign, and in comes Will’s application to consult for A-Plus Chinese Garden. As the two continue to spend time with one another, their attractions grow. Here’s the catch: Jocelyn’s father will approve of their relationship if and only if their plan to save the restaurant is a success. Will they be able to pull it off?

This is a book that deals wit
Rachel 007
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. ...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.
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars! Thanks to The Novl sending a free advanced copy, I had a chance to read this fantastic book early. Now that it’s out, I highly, highly recommend ordering a copy — you can also check the author’s insta for how to get a signed bookplate & more this month (April 2020)!
Reasons to read This is My Brain in Love:
🥡 Speaking of, it’s set in a Chinese restaurant
💰 Crazy Rich Asians references
💖 Cute romance (and yes this is coming from ME)
😍 Diverse (including neurodiverse!) characte
Celia McMahon
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to review this title ahead of its release date.

THIS MY BRAIN IN LOVE is told by two POV's, Jocelyn and Will and set in Utica New York. Joc is the daughter of Chinese restaurant owners, struggling to keep afloat. She crosses paths with Will whom she hires to jumpstart the business, otherwise, her family would have to move. He helps with social media, getting the accounts out of the Stone Age, and narrowly missing death by a Chinese father when
Laura Gardner
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
LOVE this book— two teens struggling w mental health challenges find each other and learn to accept who they are. #endthestigma
Incorporates so much— intense anxiety, depression, race, class, and more. I totally ship Jos and Will! 💗
ALSO: this is another YA romance that will take your mind away from thoughts of the 🌍 on 🔥 for a bit. At least it worked for me.
Grades 7+

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Stefani Sloma
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Whew, this one was hard to read because of how much I saw myself in Will's anxiety. This book doesn't shy away from or sugarcoat real discussions of mental health, which I really appreciated. I didn't want the book to end either. Could've kept reading about both of these characters and their families forever. ...more
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.


**I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I am a proud LBYR Partner**

First and foremost, let me start this review by saying that you should NOT read this book while hungry. I never wanted
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. Overall ...more
Apr 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I really liked the diverse characters and learning a bit about Chinese and Nigerian food. And the exploration of mental health and the stigmas surrounding it was important.

However, I went into this expecting a light hearted romance about two teens trying to save a restaurant but it was actually pretty heavy as it dived into mental illnesses.

It also dragged a bit in the middle and I wouldn't exactly label this a romance.

I feel like this book could be important for a lot of people, but it just was
Heather Hill
Dec 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library, 2020, audiobook
I went into this one pretty blind (solely picked because I recognized the author from her previous book and the cover looked cool), so needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised that it addressed issues such as struggles with depression, anxiety, and the overarching umbrella of mental illness, along with interracial relationships (the MCs are Black and Asian American, respectively), and race/racism in general. This Is My Brain In Love seeks to normalize seeking help for mental illness, and even ...more
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 fam ...more
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 the ...more
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is My Brain in Love celebrates family and is a wonderful representation of mental health in YA. From everything from a positive experience of therapy to overcoming the stigma of a diagnosis, cultural and family expectations and denial, this is a positive and inclusive portrayal of anxiety and depression. It’s also a wonderful mix of cultures and the wonderful food that comes with those cultures. If you enjoyed The Surprising Power of a Good Dumpling, this is the perfect book for you.

Oct 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2020
Actual rating is 2.5 stars.

So I picked this up because I really just wanted something light hearted and fun. Lately, all I want out of the entertainment I view is to laugh and shut my brain off. Literally all I've watched recently is Psych, Kim Possible, and the Clone Wars series. All light hearted/not so serious shows that help take my mind off things. Light hearted is not a phrase I'd use to describe this book. I think if the synopsis had mentioned what this book is really about I would've dec
May 03, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ms-appropriate
I thought this book was a straight-up romance until I hit 2/3 of the way through, and then the heavy-handed mental health education began. It was surprising to me, because the description I read of the book did not even mention the mental health issues the characters faced.
A few things stood out to me while reading the book. 1. The use of the word trope. I will have to look it up on my Kindle to see how many times this word came into play. Altogether too many, if you ask me. I am quite sure I d
Samantha (WLABB)
Apr 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Just when Jocelyn was finding her groove, the family business takes a turn for the worst. In an effort to save A-Plus Chinese Garden, Jocelyn enlists the help of Will, and the two embark on a mission to rebuild the business. As the ideas to jumpstart the business flew, so did the sparks, but this romance hits a few roadblocks, and some may be insurmountable.

• Pro: I had no problem rooting for everyone and everything in this story. I wanted the restaurant to succeed, for Jos's movie to be a hit,
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 d
This wasn't for me. I liked the mental health rep for the most part and the diversity was good, but plot wise, I just wasn't really into it, and it was a bit of a struggle to read, and my only motivation to finish was being able to reread something I really wanted to read after finishing. ...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! It’s 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
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.
Rajasree Jayaram
Oct 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, romance
An excellent novel - it deals with different types of mental health issues and the stigma surrounding the same, especially in non-Western cultures. I liked and could relate to both Jocelyn and Will. The plot is well paced. I'd read a review somewhere about neurodiverse characters and didn't quite understand what that meant, but as I read this book I realized that it probably fits the bill - apart from the main characters suffering from anxiety and untreated depression respectively, there are sid ...more
I'm sorry but I didn't like Jocelyn. ...more
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 couldn’t 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 don’t know where to start. I love the fact that it’s 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.

Rich in Color
Review copy: purchased by reviewer

This week has been a trying week for all of us and I really needed some escapist literature. Thankfully I found it in I. W. Gregorio’s “This Is My Brain in Love”. The novel is a contemporary romance between Jocelyn, who is Chinese American, and Will Domenici, who is mixed race (Nigerian & Italian). The novel is told from both perspectives, which was wonderful as we got to see what both of them thought of each other as their relationship grew. It’s a sweet, slow-
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