Print Length 352 pagesPublisher Entangled: Teen
Published April 5, 2016
Dan Garrett has become exactly what he hates—popular. Until recently, he was just another live-action role-playing (LARP) geek on the lowest run of the social ladder. Cue a massive growth spurt and an uncanny skill at taking three-point shots in basketball and voila…Mr. Popular. It’s definitely weird.
And the biggest drawback? Going from high school zero to basketball hero cost Dan the secret girl-of-his-dorky dreams.
A tuba-playing nerd with an eclectic fashion sense, Zelda Potts’s “Coolness” stat is about minus forty-two. Dan turning his back on her and the rest of nerd-dom was brutal enough, but when he humiliates her at school, Zelda decides it’s time for a little revenge—dork style. Nevermind that she used to have a crush on him. Nevermind that her plan could backfire big time.
It’s time to roll the dice…and hope like freakin’ hell she doesn’t lose her heart in the process.
They started off as friends. Good friends, the kinda friends that can just be themselves. Then one of the well grew taller and tried their hand at basketball, as a way to bond with his dad. He was actually good at it. They were still friends, he was going to introduce her to LARPing. Then he made the basketball team, and was invited to a party. He ditched her- for the popular kids. This is followed by a series of unfortunate accidents, accidents that made her hate him. Yet, he can’t help but wonder…what if? Zelda is done wondering now she wants revenge.
Romancing the Nerd is one of the few contemporary romantic comedies that I couldn’t put down. It is absolutely hilarious. Or it will be absolutely hilarious to all the nerds out there that get the references.
Zelda is a strong girl who knows her worth. Dan is a guy who is unsure of his choices. When they are together it is explosively funny. The attraction is off the charts, so is the hatred. Zelda’s plan for revenge is sure to backfire- even her friend’s sister thinks it will. Yet she goes through with it. Dan has no clue how to make up his mistakes to Zelda- yet he tries. I hate that he has to give up what he loves to bond with his dad. I am glad that Zelda gives him the confidence to stand up to his dad like he does to everyone else. Basketball is not his life, and even though he is good at it the cost is too high.
He misses Zelda, misses LARPing, misses his friends. The popular guys grate on his nerves. To make it worse, he even tells them that they grate on his nerves. They take it in stride. What does he have to do to get them to leave him alone? Many kids would kill to be where Dan is, he would kill to be in the comic store. He is intelligent, athletic, and a jerk- yep everything a girl wants. The thing is the only person he doesn’t try to be a jerk with is Zelda and yet he comes off as one time and time again. Poor Dan.
Romancing the Nerd is a book that you will accidently finish in one sitting. Yeah, it is that good. At times you will relate to Zelda, at times to Dan. Mostly, you will be like Maddie- trying to make popcorn to watch the fireworks.
My Rating 5 out of 5 stars
Favorite Quote “Why are some people popular and others not?”
Other PeopleLogan- Dan’s bff
Maddie- Logan’s girlfriend
Beth- Zelda’s friend