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Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
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Feb 07, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: kidlit, librarybook, coming-of-age, families, friendship
Read from February 04 to 06, 2010

** spoiler alert ** This is a gentle and humorous look at a young girl's transition from her punk circle of friends to nerds as she discovers she values friends who are fun rather more than "friends" who order her around and must be the center of the relationship.

Good non-antagonistic presentation of parents & older brother--he may be a little too nice to her for strict realism. Lots of slang and sexual terms, although the steamiest the on-page action ever gets is a tentative kiss; off-page actions include blow jobs and an STD, though the latter is set up as punishment for the former and all of the characters have pretty negative responses. Still, the prudish will probably find this book too frisky for comfort, even though it rings true for everyday teen speech.

I liked that she was matter-of-fact about her academic abilities: no value implied in dumbing down. But best of all was the year's project of sewing a new skirt every day to wear to school: I loved the whole notion of making things, the playfulness of her choices and how that skill carried her into her new circle of friends who valued it.

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