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Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
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Aug 05, 12

Read on May 28, 2012

High school student Jessie Sloan’s sophomore year starts with her two best friends ditching her and one of them hooking up with her long-term crush. Friendless in the wilds of high school, Jessie considers turning her back on popularity for the nerdy but friendly Dungeon and Dragons crew. I adored the concept of this book: who hasn’t, especially in high school, had to deal being dumped by someone considered a friend or worried about social standing? But there’s a small problem. Jessie is a nerd from Page One of this story. Honors student with a crush on Rupert Grint who makes her own skirts out of wacky fabric (including an Elmo print)? NERD (and not really in a good way – I mean, Elmo? Unless it’s on a vintage t-shirt and/or you’re making a statement, it’s just weird weird and not quirky weird). Also, what kind of straight-A student isn’t involved in a million extracurricular activities? The story has cute moments (the relationship between Jessie and her brother is one of the strongest points), but the book is more telling than showing, and really, nothing happens. There’s no tension, no character development … nothing. Even by the lowered standards by which I judge bubblegum YA, this book is wanting. Not recommended.
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