Age: Young Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
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[NOTE: I wrote this review in November when I was going through a reading slump… I’m currently binging ALL THE BOOKS (still including a lot of contemporary romance) and loving them all.]
Lately, I’ve been binging contemporary romances. A few months ago I would have told you I don’t even like them. Obviously that’s not the case anymore. (Personally, I blame Kasie West.)
I’m also in kind of a weird mood in that it’s been hard for me to find books I can really get into. I was at the library the other day and decided to browse and saw The Summer I Became a Nerd. It was on my Goodreads to-read list, so I decided to sit for a few minutes and see if I could get into it. I loved it so much, I came home and finished it in front of the fire.
There’s just something about a sweet romance novel. You know the characters are going to end up together (or at least that’s how things should end up, of course), but you don’t know how that’s going to happen or what forces will try to keep the couple apart. I think that’s why I’ve been enjoying contemporary romances lately–I can trust in the fact that (usually) the ending will be a happy one. And I like happy endings.
I also like nerds, hence why I picked up this book, and it is so wonderfully nerdy! I’ve never been into comics or Live Action Role Play, but after reading about them, I want to know more. It was so wonderful to immerse myself among fellow nerds. (Even if they are fictional.)
Another thing I found interesting about this book is that it’s set in a town in Louisiana about an hour away from where we live! The town is called Natchitoches, but it’s pronounced like nack-a-dish. It’s an old Indian name. If you read this book and wonder why the radio station is called “The Devil,” it’s a reference to the fact that the local college sports teams are The Demons. It is so weird driving through that town and seeing places with names like “Demon Diner.”
There were a few things that were hilarious to me, like the idea Shreveport has a nerdcon. Oh, I wish. Although, we are having Comic Con here this year for the first time, which is really exciting. [We had it and I missed out, but Jules went!] And supposedly Stan Lee was coming to this nerdcon? I seriously died laughing at that. Our Comic Con line-up is actually pretty lame. And then there was this line:
“If I’d have done all this you guys would have locked me in the basement!”
“That’s ridiculous, Roland. This is Louisiana, we don’t have basements because of the water level.”
Maybe it’s only funny to me, because we really don’t have basements due to the water level.
Oh, and can we mention the fact that Logan’s little sister MADE A PRINCESS BRIDE REFERENCE! I died. No really, I did. (But I was only mostly dead, so all is okay.)
Ultimately, this is a great book if you’re looking for a cute romance and you like nerds. 5 stars!
Uses of d, h, s, b, and a scattered throughout
basic kissing, plus a few innuendos
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