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Told in dual narrative, This Is My Brain in Love is a stunning YA contemporary romance, exploring mental health, race and, ultimately, self-acceptance, for fans of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter and Emergency Contact.

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.

Early praise for This is My Brain in Love (coming April 2020):

“Anxiety and depression can turn your brain into a fake news factory. With THIS IS MY BRAIN IN LOVE, I.W. Gregorio delivers a warm, honest, and timely story about friendship, family, love and asking for help when you need it. The chemistry between Jocelyn and Will is so crackling and irresistible, you’ll fall in love, too.”— Mary McCoy, author of Printz Honor Book I, Claudia

“If there’s only one book you read this year, please let it be This is Your Brain in Love! Everyone needs to read this beautiful and important book not only because it manages to be both laugh-out-loud funny and grab-a-tissue moving, but it’s a novel that can open eyes, change minds, and hopefully change lives. Gregorio’s writing made my heart hurt even as I was falling in love with Jocelyn and Will, two characters as complex and real as you’ll ever meet on a page.”— Ellen Oh, author of A Thousand Beginnings and Endings

” Sweet, funny and full of feelingThis is My Brain in Love is a heartfelt and earnest look at mental health in the Asian American community. Gregorio captures so many truths about living with anxiety and depression in a story full of humor, wisdom and generosity. This is a book I needed as a teenager.”— Kelly Loy Gilbert, author of Lost Angeles Times Book Prize Finalist Picture Us in the Light

” This is My Brain in Love is a sweet, honest love story about navigating mental illness, cross-cultural relationships, and self-acceptance. Humor and heart, happy and sad combine into a complex, contemporary romance as perfectly-blended as amah’s dumplings.” — Mackenzie Lee, NYT bestselling author of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and Loki: Where Mischief Lies

“Line by zinging line, I.W. Gregorio’s second novel delights your brain and steals your heart. A deliciously, delicately wrought tapestry of culture, families and the fragile parts of ourselves that we should all learn to embrace.” — Abigail Hing Wen, author of Loveboat, Taipei

” Authentic and fresh, I.W. Gregorio serves up a first-rate romance between two teens whose differences may prove too hot to handle. This is my bookish heart in love.”— Stacey Lee, award winning author of Outrun the Moon

“An amazing story of the struggle to balance love and brains, and instead finding joy. Absolute perfection.” — Laurie Halse Anderson, bestselling author of Speak and SHOUT

Available for pre-order from Barnes & NobleIndiebound, and wherever books are sold. 

Publication date April 14, 2020 (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)

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What if everything you knew about yourself changed in an instant?

 

When Kristin Lattimer is voted homecoming queen, it seems like another piece of her ideal life has fallen into place. She’s a champion hurdler with a full scholarship to college and she’s madly in love with her boyfriend. In fact, she’s decided that she’s ready to take things to the next level with him.

But Kristin’s first time isn’t the perfect moment she’s planned—something is very wrong. A visit to the doctor reveals the truth: Kristin is intersex, which means that though she outwardly looks like a girl, she has male chromosomes, not to mention boy “parts.”

Dealing with her body is difficult enough, but when her diagnosis is leaked to the whole school, Kristin’s world completely unravels. With everything she thought she knew thrown into question, can she come to terms with her new self?

Incredibly compelling and sensitively told, None of the Above is a thought-provoking novel that explores what it means to be a boy, a girl, or something in between.

 

A Spring 2015 Publisher’s Weekly Flying Start 

Finalist for the 2016 Lambda Literary Award

A 2015 ABC Children’s Group Best Book for Young Readers

A Booklist Top 10 Sports Books for Youth

A 2016 American Library Association Rainbow List Selection

Balzer + Bray / HarperCollins

ISBN-13: 978-0062335319

 

None of the Above

For a signed copy of None of the Above, order from Chester County Book Company (request that it be signed in the comments section)

Order None of the Above from: Powell’s | Indiebound | B&N | Amazon

What trade reviewers are saying:

“In this provocative and enlightening first novel, physician Gregorio creates a heart-wrenching story of self-discovery…[that] will strike a familiar chord with any reader who has felt estranged.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“This coming-of-age novel develops Kristin beyond her chromosomes, offering a sophisticated exploration of gender and identity alongside nuanced plot threads involving family, friends, work, and romance. Affirming for intersex readers, enlightening for the rest, and affecting for all.” —Horn Book Review

“[R]emarkable…Eye-opening and important.” —Booklist

“…a compelling and touching narrative…NONE OF THE ABOVE rises above most young adult fiction because it has potential to evoke significant change.” —VOYA (5Q rating)

“Engaging and well-paced, with smart characters.” – School Library Journal

“Sensitive, informative and a valuable resource” —Kirkus Reviews

What other authors are saying:

“Noble, daring and necessary—I.W. Gregorio’s groundbreaking debut is a bittersweet, painful and ultimately life-affirming voyage of identity.” —Elizabeth Wein, Printz Honor winning & NYT bestselling author of Code Name Verity

“I couldn’t put this book down—it opened my mind in ways that few books have done before.” —Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award winning & NYT bestselling author of Brown Girl Dreaming

“Like the beloved physician that she is, I.W. Gregorio brings rare knowledge and acute empathy to the illumination of an anatomical difference—and to the teens who discover, in the nick of time, the saving grace of knowing and being one’s truest self. A book unlike any other.” —Beth Kephart, National Book Award Finalist and author of Small Damages and Going Over

“What a lovely and terrific book. I.W. Gregorio tackles so many thorny issues with so much grace and aplomb.  My hat is off.” —Daniel Handler, NYT bestselling author of the Printz Honor winning Why We Broke Up

None of the Above is a sensitive, beautifully written story, told with heart (break) and humor. Gregorio deftly explores the isolation of being ‘other’ in a highly relatable way. Bravo!!” —Kristin Elizabeth Clark, acclaimed author of Freakboy

What booksellers & readers are saying:

“This beautifully written and moving novel chronicles Kristin Lattimer’s discovery of her AIS diagnosis, and the fallout that occurs when her “secret’ is revealed…The universal theme of rising above a difficult situation is one everyone can relate to, and Kristin’s courage will be a source of inspiration to all those who read this exceptional book.” —Heather Hebert, Haverford Children’s Book World

“Both deeply moving and triumphant, I.W. Gregorio’s None of the Above explores the adolescent pains of discovering one’s self and embracing both the good and bad. Full of heartbreaking believability that resonates with readers, she explores the important topics of learning to love yourself in ways that too few YA novels explore.”Bonnie Lynn Wagner, Barnes & Noble Neshaminy Mall, PA

“Smartly and compassionately written for a young adult audience, None of the Above puts a new twist on the theme of adolescent difference and acceptance.” —Arlene Baratz MD (Moderator,  Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome- Differences of Sex Development Parents Group www.aisdsd.org)

20 Responses to Books

  1. This is so exciting! I’m very happy for you and wish you all the best.

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  6. Cris says:

    I am a teacher in Chile and always try to recommend good and diverse YA books to my students. I hope someday this book is translated in Spanish so I can tell them to check it out. In the meantime I will read it when it comes out (a day after my birthday now I notice hahaha) Thank you for writing!

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  8. mariah papik says:

    i just got done reading the book and i could not put the thing down it was so good.I wish i can read it over and over again.

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  10. Katy says:

    Hi! I met you, at the Little Flower writer’s festival in April (not sure if you remember, but I was the one that mentioned that I want to go into pediatric oncology). I finished None of the Above that night (okay, it may or may not have been three A.M.). I love it so much. I’ve told basically everyone I know about it. Although I did always find it odd that the hardback was black and white. NOTA really did teach me to look at things in shades of grey, rather than black and white. Either way, it’s amazing.

    Thanks again for the pep talks during Camp! :)

    • Katy says:

      Although actually, that’s kind of wrong. I myself live in a shade of grey (though not the same kind as Kristin). NOTA just helped me realize it and get used to it.

    • I.W. Gregorio says:

      Katy, thank you so much for the note, and for sharing NOTA with your friends! Hope to see you again at Little Flower!

  11. amy says:

    This book was so amazing! I really didn’t want the book to end and I was wondering if there is going to be a sequel??

    • I.W. Gregorio says:

      Alas, Amy – I always thought of NOTA as a stand alone. But stay tuned for some exciting news about how Kristin’s story might continue!

  12. kendal buchannon says:

    It was an amazing book I just finished it today but I was wondering will you ever write a second one to finish the unknown story between Kirsten and Darren?

    • I.W. Gregorio says:

      Dear Kendall,

      Thank you so much! Interestingly enough, I always thought of NOTA as a stand alone. But stay tuned for some exciting news about how Kristin’s story might continue!

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  14. Hi, I read your book a while ago and absolutely loved it. My friend just finished it and also loved it, she brought it up and now I’m wondering it too, is there going to be another book by you soon?

  15. Sara says:

    I feel slightly silly for posting this here. However: I’m currently in college to become an English teacher and this year, we’re having a competition to see which Young Adult books should be on the mandatory reading list for next year. I’m nominating ‘None of the Above’ and would like to get my hands om some promotional material, like a poster or bookmarks. Does anyone know where I might find some?

    Greetings from the Netherlands,

    Sara

  16. Andrea Sellick says:

    I loved this book so much! Need a movie adaptation now. Also more books with new themes and diverse characters like NOTA. love love love!

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