- Page Count: 352
- Release Date: May 10, 2016
- My Rating: 3.5 stars
Addie Emerson doesn’t believe in love, at least for herself. A straightlaced, brilliant girl, she’s more interested in getting an A than falling in love. But Addie is determined to prove the science of love—because Addie Emerson does believe in science.
Science tells her that “love” is nothing more than the brain’s state under the influence of certain chemicals. And by artificially stimulating those chemicals, the brain can totally be tricked into falling in love. So Addie decides to apply that knowledge—and make her classmates fall in love—to win the coveted Athenian Award for Science in her elite private school. One way to speed up the process—adrenaline—she’ll put her classmates in dangerous, high-risk situations . . . and research the fallout.
But a mysterious new guy keeps messing with her plans. And she kind of can’t stop thinking about his gorgeous brown eyes. With backstabbing competitors—including her former lab partner, the preppy, wealthier-than-thou Dex—and more than one pair of star-crossed lovers—can Addie manage to salvage her experiment and win the Athenian? And what happens if she does the unthinkable—and falls in love?
Addie is basically a teenage girl version of Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory: obsessed with science, literal, and socially awkward. She believes love is something that can be triggered by the brain releasing chemicals similar to those found in life threatening situations, so she sets up a series of experiments to test this.
The premise is original, but more could’ve been done with Addie’s character development. The end was pretty unclear. Did she plan the whole thing? Does she believe in love now? What was her real experiment… what is even happening. This could also be because I ended up skimming the last 15% as the entire story fell apart… I liked the general idea but think it could’ve used another revision.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy!