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Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
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Aug 13, 11

bookshelves: real-life-drama, teen-romance
Read in August, 2010

In Mrs. Tessler's Class: Girl Problems (Parental permission required)

A grab from my husband's young adult lit class, we were really excited about this since it seemed to deal with a teen girl discovering that nerds aren't so bad and getting involved in D&D. Which, ya know, we like that idea being pretty big nerds ourselves.

The book,however, takes over half its length to even deal with that topic as the main character deals with her brother going to college, his dissolution from the punk world, and the break up she has with her two "best friends" The self identity struggle is poignant and that part was wonderful, as was the consideration of how teens label everything and box themselves in, but for an expectation set that she's really going to encounter this "nerd world' much earlier, it's a little disappointing. On top of that, she enjoys and likes her new friends and feels comfortable with them, but still spends much of the latter half of the book wondering what the hell is going on with the D&D games and experiences she has - leaving the entire impression of "nerds" as being somewhat lackluster. True, her nerd friends end up being much better friends but there's not fully a sense that she embraces or understands the path she's chosen.
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