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.
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published: April 5th 2016 by Entangled: Teen
Three stars: An adorkable romance that is light and fun, but it lacked a bit in the romance.
Zelda Potts is sick and tired of Dan Garrett strutting around like Mr. Popular. He used to be her best friend, and a nerd who liked to participate in live action role playing games. Now Dan is all about basketball and hanging with the popular kids. It still irks Zelda that he ditched her to go to a party, and she overheard him saying unkind things about her. The final straw comes when he hits her with a basketball. Zelda vows to get revenge. She creates a fake online identity and begins chatting with him. Dan quickly finds himself falling for this smart, nerdy online girl, having no idea it is really Zelda. Neither are prepared for the consequences. Will Dan and Zelda find love or a heartache?
What I Liked:
- Romancing the Nerd is a cute, nerdy romance with fun characters and positive messages on popularity, being true to oneself and bullying. It is perfect for young teens or anyone who wants to read a simple romance.
- The story centers around Dan and Zelda, and is told with both their points of view. I am always a fan of the switching narrative when it comes to romance as I love getting inside each character's head. Zelda is easy to like as she is a nerd, a girl who plays the tuba, loves comics and participates in role playing games. Even though she is a nerd, Zelda, if for the most part, is comfortable in her own skin, and she doesn't hesitate to flaunt her own unique style. When she is bullied or made fun of, she handles it with humor and she does her best to smile. Dan, a former nerd, who became popular when he landed a spot on the basketball team, is struggling with his new identity. He doesn't exactly get along with the cool kids, and he hates the restrictions his father has placed on him. Both Dan and Zelda long for the simpler and easier days when they had an easy going friendship, but neither will admit it. I liked watching both of these characters grow and change and overcome their hurdles.
- The book touches upon many themes that are relevant to high school kids, and I liked the positive messages the author conveyed. This book tackles bullying, and I appreciated how it was handled. I also liked the discussion on popularity and fitting in as well as being true to oneself. All in all, this book was uplifting and upbeat.
- Dan and his dad have a conflicted relationship, and I liked they way it all played out.
- The romance was sweet and cute, even though it took the whole book to build. I liked that it was based upon a long time friendship, and that there were many obstacles to overcome. It is a slow burner, but worth the wait.
- For all of you who love nerdiness, there is a lot to geek out over in this one. It has live action role playing, comics, lengthy discussions on super heroes and what to do in the event of the zombie apocalypse. Some of the conversations made me giggle.
- This is the companion novel to The Summer I Became A Nerd, which you don't have to read before going into this one, but I found that it was fun to catch up with Maddie and Logan.
- This is a nice, sweet, clean romance appropriate for readers of all ages.
- The ending brings the story to a close without any nagging questions or a cliffhanger. A nice stand alone.
And The Not So Much:
- Perhaps I have grown more cynical and critical since I read the first book, but for whatever reason, I thought the romance was lacking a bit. I kept waiting and waiting for the sweet, happy moments where I could just soak in the goodness, but it really doesn't happen. In fact, when the book gets to the big moment, it moves quickly and then it jumps ahead two months into the future, not giving the reader much time to savor the sweetness. I wish that more time was spent with the couple together.
- The book features this whole revenge plot, and I am not sure why as nothing ever really comes of it. Not that I need revenge, but the whole idea never came to fruition, so it was kind of pointless.
I am not a fan of live role playing games, and I am clueless when it comes to LARP, so I was a bit lost during all the scenes about LARP. If you are a fan of LARP, I am sure you will love all the nerdiness, but if you are like me, you might get a little lost during all the discussions of power, experience points and so forth.
Romancing the Nerd is a cute, nerdy romance for fans of all ages. I enjoyed the story and the characters as well as the positivity of the book. My only hesitation was I wish there was more romance and swoon worthy moments. Still this is light and fluffy perfect for when you need an easy breezy read.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for this review.