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How to Date a Nerd

(How To #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  3,001 ratings  ·  344 reviews
Zoe has a great pair of legs, perky boobs, and wears exactly what she needs to show it all off. She works hard for the easy sleazy ‘you only wish you were me’ reputation, burying who she really is—an all-out nerd.

The only time Zoe gets to be herself is when she hides under her comforter to read X-Men comics, sending jealousy stabs at everyone who attends Comic-Con. Keeping
ebook, 247 pages
Published September 24th 2013 by Swoon Romance (first published March 20th 2012)
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• Lisa •
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing


Cassie Mae is fast becoming my go-to-author for when I need a young adult sweet, funny fix. There are times when I crave a book that is cute, silly, predictable and full of all things 'Young love'. With that in mind that's just what I found here with this delightfully nerdy and at times touching novel. Welcome to 'How to date a nerd' a book that has that 'don't-stop-now-I'm-having-a-good-time' quality stamped all over it ... Here are my nerdy loving book thoughts.


What's it
Jenny Morris
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I can not tell you how much I love this book. I too was a closet nerd in high school. I'd sneak home just in time for Star Trek. Zoe is so many girls out there in school right now. They want to be popular, want to fit it, and they are willing to do whatever it takes to make people love them. I think that's why I fell in love with her from the minute I read her list of rules. She's constructed this idea that the life she lives makes her happy but then a pesky little thing happens... Zak. How can ...more
P.A. Warren
10 STARS..But realistically we will give it 5 since thats they way it goes.

I received a ARC for an honest review

When I first heard Cassie was writing How to Date a Nerd I admit there may have been some happy dancing going on,Im not going to lie.When I hear that the awesome Cassie is writing another book your darn right Im going to get excited.
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Lets delve right in without any spoilers,mmmkay?Zoe is the epitome of mean girl at school.Not going to lie I envisioned Lindsey Lohan in the movie Me
Jo ★The Book Sloth★
Aug 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, ya
Yeap, I finished this one in one sitting. And yeah, I did love it. It was sweet and funny.

When I read books like this one or watch movies I always wonder if bullying is in fact so bad in US. Don't get me wrong, the phenomenon exists in Greece too but in all my years at school I never came across or even heard of so extreme cases. Of course some kids are teased and made fun of but not at this level. I've never known anyone who was thrown food, got beat up or ended up hiding in the toilet. Also, e
"Why the X-Men? Why this book? Why not the sisterhood of the what's-it pants book? Or The Notebook? Or a book at all? Why read this book?"
"Cause it's frakking awesome."
He chuckles. "Why?"
"Zak ..."
"Humor me."
Gosh, I'd do anything for him right now. Even talk nerd with him.
"I dunno. I guess 'cause they are all totally hated for being different and still the fight to save the people who hate them, and that's pretty heroic." I pause before adding, "And they are all super badass."

What I want afte
♔Beth♔ XoXo
this book was just plain adorable. ❤ ❤ ❤

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the book was just so refreshing. i really needed a quick, fluffy, cute book to read. after all the dark and depression books i've read. lol

this is a story of the popular Zoe who has the HOT on her next door neighbor who happens to be an ex-bff/nerd (major nerd) i'm talking about Pokemon cards in his front button up shirt pockets. Zoe has hard time dealing with her problems and who she really is.

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this book is was just too cute and unrealistic at som
 ♥ Rebecca ♥
Although I was pretty frustrated with Zoe in the beginning, this turned out to be pretty good. Not as good as Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend, but better than Switched.

(Zak didnt have glasses, but this guy is hot so he is gonna be my Zak for now. :P)

I hated Zoe at first because of the way she behaved at school. She may have been just pretending to care about nothing but fashion and boys and herself, but in the process she put herself before everyone, she hurt people's feelings and she w
Melyssa Winchester
The one thing I took away from this, well, besides the fits of laughter I found myself in throughout, is how true to life it is. This might be a fictional book, but the struggle Zoe faced, not being true to herself because of how people would treat her if she did, it's realistic. It's what a lot of teens face daily and I think that's what kept me going through the entire story because I wanted to see her realize that breaking away from the "norm" doesn't have to be such a bad thing.

This story r
Katie W
Dec 28, 2013 added it
Shelves: did-not-finish
After 50 pages in...maybe it was my mood, but this wasn't really a book for me. Way too much language (crude talk and swearing--s, b especially). Zoe was so desperate to get Zak's attention that she would undress in front of the window where he could see, would always stuff her phone down her chest and slowly get it out, etc. There was also a scene where a boy tried to force a girl into doing something she didn't want to do. Nothing overly graphic, but a little uncomfortable, and then she tried ...more
Jade Hart
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is hands down my favourite YA / NA read. I adore Zak. I want to hug Zoe. Everything about the nerdisms, the dialogue, the laugh-out loud awkwardness is perfect awesomesauce.

Highly recommend.
Lauren ♥ Inked in Chapters
Jul 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favs
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Here we go again with this big, goofy, stupid looking grin. I can’t wipe it off my face. Trust me, I’ve tried. My husband is beginning to worry about my sanity. It. Just. Will. Not. Leave. My. Face! My cheeks literally hurt. Cassie Mae, you are a frakking genius! The way you write… The storylines you dream up... All of it serves to further my opinion that YOU are a nerdy mastermind, hell bent on taking the literary world by storm. (Ha. Storm mad
Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Let's see, where do I start?

Firstly, it think its fair to say I'm beyond disappointed. This book has such a cute overall idea: the school "it girl" is head over hells for her geek neighbour. I thought this was a fun, light read full of cute moments with a lot of character development. If only.

Zoe is a "closet nerd", she was bullied through middle school so she decides to turn her life 180 degrees around. By becoming a bitch. Yes. That's it. To be popular, and therefore "envied and wanted" she ne
Sep 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Okay, so I was reading this other book, and at the end had the first chapter of this book. After I finished it, I freaking searched my little heart out trying to find the rest of it, and a completely inhuman sound came out of me when I found out THE BOOK WASN'T EVEN FREAKIN OUT YET! So, like the stalker I am, I found Cassie on Facebook and was all like ‘What the hell, man? You can’t leave me hangin’ like that! GIMMIE GIMMIE GIMMIE!!!” So like the amazing author she is, ( and probably scared for ...more
Jun 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
From time to time I like to read a cute and cheesy book. These books usually give me a warm feeling but they also come with a lot of cliches. How To Date a Nerd had cliches but not as many as I expected.

First, the main character is not so annoying. Zoe is the mean, narcissistic and shallow popular girl. But in middle school she was the Queen Nerd, bullied constantly. To escape all the pain she became Popular Zoe. In order to do so, she ditched her best friend/crush Zak and all of her interests:
Sofia The Great
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nerdy, 2015
5 Platypires!

I literally one clicked this book based on the title alone. For those who don't know I have been on a quest for nerdy/geeky books but real nerdy books. Meaning the characters had to be wearing their geek flag high. Comic books, sci-fi shows, cosplay, gamers etc... not a book where the person is just socially awkward and is labeled a nerd. Just no!
"How to Date a Nerd" by Cassie Mae fit the bill. It was a cross of "The Summer I Became a Nerd" by Leah Rae Miller but written in the s
Oct 11, 2013 rated it did not like it
I'll keep it short and simple. Zoe is your typical fictional character who manages to party hard yet keep her innocence. She redefines the word annoying! Her constant selfishness and ignorance to all those who love her is just unattractive and boring. Yet I had to finish this in one sitting, because when you meet Zak and Zoe you realize that your inner nerd is screaming for you to give the physcotic girl a chance! For all I knew Zoe was just the typical moron! Then I read that she played World o ...more
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
This is my 3rd Cassie Mae book. The first one I read was squeaky clean, the 2nd one had a little language and innuendo, this one had lots of swearing, lots of partying and lots of talk of sex. There is no actual sex scene in this book but it's the stereotypical high school scene where it appears that everyone is sleeping around and partying. All 3 books had such a different feel to them as far as content and target audience. Kind of baffles a reader and makes it hard to trust an author and pick ...more
3 stars

Zoe was a geek in Junior High? Middle School? (What are people calling it these days?) She was picked on and called names, so she reinvented herself for high school and became one of the popular girls. And all she had to do was deny who she was, dress in slutty clothes and garner a reputation as a slut, even if she didn't necessarily put out. (I completely don't relate at all. And yes, I was bullied in both Junior High and High School. I still wasn't going to change who I was, even if my
Maria Kaye
Mar 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was so cute! I wish it was longer though, hope Levi has a book :)
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
I thought the premise of How to Date a Nerd, by Cassie Mae sounded cute. You know, secretly geeky girl comes to terms with who she is. While it was a very fast read, it was not for me, and I struggled with a number of things in the book.

First off there's Zoe, the main character. I had trouble finding anything redeeming about her. The way she treated Zak was appalling. She wasn’t exceptionally appreciative of her parents’ sacrifices. The people she surrounded herself with were shallow and disloya
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Finally got my hands on Cassie Mae's latest book. I found it on Amazon and did not hesitate to get it. After reading two of Cassie Mae's books, I was confident that I'm going to love this one! Of course, I had to wait until the weekend before finally deciding to read it. I didn't want any interruptions. Here I am a few hours after I started reading, with no sleep for more than 24 hours now but I'm still giddy and tingling and reeling. I'm on a high, and I think I can keep this up a few more hour ...more
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I love reads like these, I really do. Those that let you just get away for a couple of hours, cleanse your palate and give you a happily ever after when all is said and done in the end.

And even though I really did love this book, heck, I loved Zak, I would love to say I felt the same way about Zoe, but sadly I just didn't. I couldn't connect with her like I wanted to.

I liked her well enough but I couldn't get past all the hurt she did to Zak time and time again. How she treated him when others
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fave-stories
ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT! Every part of it. I'm not specially picky when it comes to books, but I love stories like this one. You find a light, fun reading that actually comes with a heavy, and hard theme. I mean, you find all that without it being a heavy kind of read.

No sé bien cómo expresarlo en inglés, pero a dónde quiero llegar es a que no es un libro pesado a pesar de tratar un tema fuerte. Porque es la forma en que lo trata, lo que hace que tenga toda la importancia que merece pero que a la vez
Mimi Lovell
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: friends-to-lovers, ya
I'm just going to jump right in and say.... I loved it! This was such a great book. I read it in one sitting. I couldn't get enough of it.
First we have Zoe, the once nerd, turned popular girl, who is faking everything about herself, just so people will forget that she was that girl at the nerd table in Jr High that read comics and knows everything there is to know about Lord of the Rings. And then we have Zak, the always was, always will be a nerd, completely embracing his nerd-dom. But, Zoe has
Lenore Kosinski
4.5 stars -- Yup, love this author. It's official. Zoe was so hard to love....don't get me wrong, I did. I guess I understood her, but just wanted her to start doing the right and better thing earlier. So I was conflicted...b/c she was more realistic. It's not an overnight change. And my heart just broke for her having to be someone she wasn't b/c she couldn't handle the teasing. I can empathize with that. I was lucky enough to find my group of people in high school, but what if I hadn't?? And Z ...more
Rachel Morgan
Sep 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
In a word, this book is CUTE! The dialogue, the awkward moments, the sweet, blushing romance, the nerd references, and Zak (woohoo!) all combine to produce one super cute book.

Zoe is a difficult character to like in the beginning, what with all her Popular Zoe meanness, but the author somehow pulls it off by showing us the real Zoe inside. We've all been there, haven't we? We want to be liked. Maybe envied. And who would find it easy to give that up once they have it? Zak is the opposite. Secur
Joood Hooligan
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most adorkable books I have ever read, and that was GREAT!

I really have only one complaint. There are parts of the writing that put me off a bit. It could do with a bit of tweaking in the editing department.

I loved how emotionally attached I became to the characters, which is a major plus. I felt like I wanted to cry every time Zoe did. Even if she deserved it for her insolence!

Zac is flipping awesome. I agree with the panda express choice. It is glorious and I partake in that
Heather andrews
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book it was quirky, cute, fun and Zak hubba, hubba! Zoe that girl has balls, "like every party night, I try to show off first to my neighbor, who can see straight into my open window. I strip down to my underwear so Zak can get a good look." Being in her mind is like a story all on it's own, "his holey jeans look so damn good on him." Zak has been hurt by Zoe one to many times and he actually grows some balls and let's her know where he stands with her at a certain (well a few certa ...more
May 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is SO cute! Zoe loves the boy next door, but he happens to be a major geek. Zoe used to be a major geek, too, until she got sick of the teasing and ditched her nerdiness to become one of the most popular girls in school. What she didn't count on was the fact that, no matter what reputation you have, people will always have something to say about it.

Zoe's battle with her inner nerd is so well written. Many people in high school struggle to fit in, and often sacrifice who they really are
Kelley Lynn
Aug 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book, other than, it's awesome.

I'm not a 'nerd to the core'. In fact, about half the references in this book, I didn't even get. But Zoe gets it, and Zak gets it, and that's enough for me.

Zoe's not easy to like at first, but you feel for her. Cassie Mae does a wonderful job of giving us just enough back story so we understand why Zoe is the way she is.

And why its so hard for her to decide who she wants to become.

And Zak...well...Zak is one of the best book boys. He mak
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CASSIE MAE is the author of a few hundred—okay, maybe not that many—books, some of which became popular for their quirky titles, characters, and stories. She likes writing about nerds, geeks, the awkward, the fluffy, the short, the shy, the loud, the fun.

Since publishing her bestselling debut, Reasons I Fell for the Funny Fat Friend, she’s signed several Romance titles with Random House Loveswept,

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