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Romancing the Nerd

Romancing the Nerd, April 2016
by Leah Rae Miller

Entangled Teen
Featuring: Dan Garrett; Zelda Potts
352 pages
ISBN: 1633752259
EAN: 9781633752252
Kindle: B010M5X8HY
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"Life Inside a Teenage Boy's Head"

Fresh Fiction Review

Romancing the Nerd
Leah Rae Miller

Reviewed by Kristen Donnelly
Posted January 20, 2016

Young Adult Romance

I like YA a lot, but ROMANCING THE NERD didn't work for me, and I think it was the voices of the characters themselves. For me, putting this one in first person took away from understanding or empathizing with them - especially Dan. I had a hard time connecting with Dan and Zelda, and I know it's not because I'm too old. Sarah Dessen books, for instance, hit me in all the feels and nor am I immune to the tales of Maureen Johnson or John Green. I had a really hard time getting into ROMANCING THE NERD, and while I was rooting for Zelda, who I liked a lot, I wanted someone better for her. However, that being said, a quick look around the internet tells me a whole heap of folks are really excited for this book, and so I draw the conclusion that this is a "good for her, not for me" novel.

And thus - I say this: we all read for different things at different times in our lives. We read for escape, we read for learning, we read for joy, we read to feel, we read to know others better. Whatever you're looking for out of this book, I hope you find it. I hope you enjoy this and if you do, leave a comment and tell me what I missed about Dan!

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Dan Garrett has become exactly what he hates―popular. Until recently, he was just another live-action role-playing nerd on the lowest rung of the social ladder. Cue a massive growth spurt and an uncanny skill at taking three-point shots in basketball and voilà...Mr. Popular. It's definitely weird.

And the biggest drawback? Going from high school zero to basketball hero cost Dan the secret girl of his dorky dreams.

A band geek with an eclectic fashion sense, Zelda Potts's “coolness” stat is about minus forty-two. Dan turning his back on her and the rest of nerd-dom was brutal enough, but when he humiliates her at school, Zelda decides it's time for a little revenge―dork style. Never mind that she used to have a crush on him. Never mind that her plan could backfire big time.

It's time to roll the dice...and hope like freakin' hell she doesn't lose her heart in the process.

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