This is My Brain in Love by I.W. Gregorio – 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 has what it takes to become an editor on his school paper.
Then Jocelyn’s father tells her their family restaurant may be going under, and all wishes are off. Because her dad has the marketing skills of a dumpling, it’s up to Jocelyn and her unlikely new employee, Will, to bring A-Plus Chinese Garden into the 21st century (or, at least, to Facebook). What starts off as a rocky partnership soon grows into something more. But family prejudices and the uncertain future of A-Plus threaten to keep Will and Jocelyn apart. It will take everything they have and more, to save the family restaurant and their budding romance.
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (April 14, 2020)
Genre: Young Adult Romance
About the author: (from Goodreads.com) I. W. Gregorio is a practicing surgeon by day, masked avenging YA writer by night. A graduate of the Yale School of Medicine, she studied creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania and Johns Hopkins University. While a surgical resident, she published in the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News and Washington Post. She lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children. NONE OF THE ABOVE (Balzer & Bray / HarperCollins, Fall of 2015) is her first novel. She is represented by Jessica Regel of Foundry + Media. www.iwgregorio.wordpress.com
Review of This is My Brain in Love
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 an emotional roller coaster of discovery. This is My Brain in Love is more than a young adult romance with its underlying and intuitive sensitiveness to the characters. Gregorio showcases honesty and compassion with her well researched and well-written novel. This is My Brain in Love is a must-read that you do not want to miss! *I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review.*