Who knew the girl who spent most of her Saturday nights watching Doctor Who marathons with her best friend would end up becoming a reality television star? Not Emma MacLean.
Emma tried to leave the nerdy girl behind as the Vice President of Operations for billionaire venture capitalist, Terrance Hunt, on the hit show Hunt for Life. When double tragedies occur on the same day, Emma is out of a job, but the cameras and a nation of fans continue to follow her.
Rob "Bobby" Breyer lived and breathed the professional wrestling circuit for five years. Rob happens to be a devoted Hunt for Life fan due to a chance meeting with Emma while in high school. When he reaches out to Emma in her time of crisis, he never imagines how much it will change his life.
After twelve years, their attraction still sizzles and this time, Rob's not letting Emma get away. As the cameras roll, Emma's new career and Rob's quest for glory are in the spotlight. When the heat is on, they'll need all the support they can get from the Nerdy Girl Nation.
Lindsey Gray spends her days and most of her nights creating characters, over thinking everything, and trying to remember all the things on her massive to-do list. One thing that is always at the top of her list is writing something she hopes others will enjoy. Her journey into authordom began when her first novel was published in 2010. Through trials, tribulations, and learning how to work well with others in the author sandbox, she has found a joy she never thought she would know.
Her many lists also include mothering her two children, devoting time to her handsome hubby, formatting novels for other authors, and hosting her weekly radio show, Gray Matters, on TMV Cafe Internet Radio.
Seemingly out of nowhere a sweet little book fairy named Lindsey dropped an ARC called Nerdy Girl Nation in my lap (well, on my kindle). It had this awesome pink/purple cover with bling so I was immediately intrigued. If it looked that good on the outside it had to be good on the inside too, right? OH YEAHHHH. Emma MacLean is a nerd. But she is the type of nerd most of us can relate to. She likes to stay home in comfy clothes, watch Doctor Who, build with Legos and she has a home office full of awesome trinkets and collectibles she lovingly refers to as her "Nerd Cave". Emma is very successful at work and has a good relationship with her boss, billionaire Terrance Hunt. A reality show follows Terrance and the audience falls in love with Emma. She attracts a loyal fan base of her own who deems themselves the "Nerdy Girl Nation". One member of the Nation is professional wrestler Rob "Bobby" Breyer. He met Emma back in high school and never could quite get her out of his head. What he doesn't know is that Emma has followed his career closely since their meeting in high school and that she is a huge fan of pro wrestling. Major tragedy strikes Emma twice in one day - one personal, one professional. Both, caught on camera for the world and the Nation to witness. Rob can't stand to see Emma suffer so publicly and yet very much alone so he reaches out to her. And... we have lift off! Nerdy Girl Nation - 5 star book for me! I am a long-time fan of professional wrestling so I could really relate to a large portion of the book that might not reach other readers. The relationship between Emma and Rob developed smoothly and I felt that their characters were very relatable. Spelling, grammar and editing were not an issue at all- even for an ARC, it was very well put together. I appreciate the offer from Lindsey to read and review this book. I loved it! I will certainly recommend it and look forward to more of her works! I give Nerdy Girl Nation 5*****wickedgoodstars -asw
Read and reviewed on behalf of 2 Girls Who Love Books Blog
This is my first book by Lindsey Gray but by no means my last! I loved the cover its bright and stunning but the story inside has its dark spots so don't be fooled.
Emma is shocked when she finds herself a reality star! She never thought the world would identify with all of her nerdyness! She loves her legos and LOTR and Doctor Who! Emma was bullied in high school some of it was you typical mean girl stuff but then there was the attack! Knocked out and tortured Emma is left scarred mentally and physically! It is now years later and Emma is returning home after tragedy strikes her home and work life. She runs into old faces and nightmares come back... Not all of the old faces are bad though Rob "Bobby" Breyer is taking the chance to get what he has wanted for many years since he first laid eyes upon Emma when she was just a teenager.
I loved this book! I was excited to read it from the moment I read the blurb. I would fit right on in with the Nerd Girl Nation! Emma is my hero! She is strong, smart and beautiful. Her character was easy to like.
I am giving the book 4.5 stars because it was a bit slow taking off with a lot of information to take in but well worth it in the end. I look forward to reading more from Lindsey Gray!
It's no secret that I'm a huge fan of Lindsey's. I've had the honor of editing for her twice and I've read all her books. She's an amazing storyteller, but this book blew me away. Nerdy Girl Nation had me engaged from the first sentence. I'm a nerd, I'm raising nerds, so I totally and completely related to Emma. She was me. What I loved the most about this book was the realness of the characters: they aren't perfect and don't pretend otherwise. I don't want to give away too much, but if you're looking for an amazing book, pick this one up now!
This book has so much potential, but when the main character suddenly decides after twelve years of torture to admit she's being stalked and harassed because she's got a new boyfriend, that seems to me like the author didn't do their homework. The H/h lack chemistry, and there are many chapters that aren't necessary to the story. Aside from that, the writing is okay. I finished the novel because I had to know who done it, but really, that is all that kept me going and even it lacked luster because the motive is poorly explained. But the mystery did keep my attention and is the only reason I gave it two stars.
3.5 Stars Cute, sweet, a little suspenseful, Nerdy Girl Nation will speak to the wrestling enthusiast. This is a story about a woman overcoming her past and moving on in her career and love. With many pop culture references to comic books, cult-classic films, and "nerd" comedy television, there is something to peak the nerd girl's attention, even if you don't like wrestling.