Romancing the Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 5, 2016
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Format: eARC, 352 pages
How I got it: NetGalley
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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.
It’s been over two years since I read my first Leah Rae Miller book, The Summer I Became a Nerd, and while the details are a little fuzzy, I definitely remember finding it adorable, sweet and funny. I was thrilled to learn that she was writing a follow-up novel which brought one of the secondary characters to the forefront. I might not remember a lot about Dan from the first book, but I still couldn’t wait to get his story in this one.
This book is a bit of a flip flop from the first one, in which the popular girl falls for and pursues the geeky boy. Here, former geek, now popular guy Dan is all about still geek Zelda. Of course, she’s into him too… but she’s hurt at the way she felt he abandoned his nerdier friends when he became a popular, attractive basketball player. So, what’s a girl to do? Get revenge, of course. With this in mind, she created a fake online persona (that was really HER, if you get what I mean) and befriended Dan in the hopes of getting something juicy from him that she could later use to ruin him. Of course, plans like this go awry more often than not and Zelda definitely gets more than she bargained for.
I adored Dan so freaking much. He was such a good guy. He was under ridiculous amounts of pressure from his father and I felt like he was really trying to do his best. I know Zelda was hurt, but I think she overreacted a bit. She came off as judgmental and not so likable at times. But then she also had these great moments in which I really liked her. I sympathized with her and hoped she would see the error of her ways before it was too late. Now, I can’t mention loving characters without telling you just how excited I was to see Maddie and Logan again here. Love those two.
This book was just as delightfully nerdy, funny and adorable as the first. There’s a healthy dose of LARPing and I loved reading about it. I laughed and even felt a few feels. I appreciated the character growth from both Zelda and Dan. I was shipping these two about as hard as Maddie was, if I’m being totally honest. I loved how everything worked out in the end. My only complaint, and it’s not even that serious of one, is that I wish there had been a little more Zelda and Dan couple time. I felt like it took them a long time to get there and I wish there had been just a little more focus on them as a pair. Even still, this was a great read that made me happy and gave me the warm fuzzies.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.
In summation, high school can suck and popular people are assholes. They get away with things a normal student doesn’t. They have inflated egos and think they rule the school.
“It’s not your place to judge people. Instead, try to understand them, put yourself in their place. Every person has his or her own story, and it’s your job to listen to it.”
“Some of the most beautiful and poignant words I’ve ever read have been in romance novels.”
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