June 26, 2012

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern

Title: Into the Wild Nerd Yonder
Author: Julie Halpern
Ships Launched: 746
Pages: 245
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Year Published: 2009
Genre: Comtemporary
Synopsis: It’s Jessie’s sophomore year of high school. A self-professed “mathelete,” she isn’t sure where she belongs. Her two best friends have transformed themselves into punks and one of them is going after her longtime crush. Her beloved older brother will soon leave for college (and in the meantime has shaved his mohawk and started dating . . . the prom princess!) . . . Things are changing fast. Jessie needs new friends. And her quest is a hilarious tour through high-school clique-dom, with a surprising stop along the way—the Dungeons and Dragons crowd, who out-nerd everyone. Will hanging out with them make her a nerd, too? And could she really be crushing on a guy with too-short pants and too-white gym shoes? If you go into the wild nerd yonder, can you ever come back?

I kind of have mixed feelings about this book. Most of those feelings are good, but there are some things I hated. I hated them because I identified with them. I know what it feels like to get ditched by your friends because you aren't as "cool" as them, then to have them pretending like nothing happened the next second. I know what it's like to have friends that will go to any extreme to fit in, no matter what. And I've never understood that.
I hated did not like Jessie's "friends" from Into the Wild Nerd Yonder. Bizza and Char treated her horribly. They were rude and desperate to be liked and just plain terrible. 
Her nerd buds, on the other hand...
I have never played Dungeons and Dragons and don't see myself playing it in the future, but I thought it was so great how her friends got together and played it every week. They didn't care about what anyone thought of them; they were themselves and they had fun.
Van is a jerkface. End of story.
Jessie, oh Jessie. She was a great character, of course: smart, above the influence, funny, nice. She was a math nerd, and she loved it. But with friends like Bizza and Char, she didn't exactly feel comfortable letting her nerd flag fly. It took her a while to come to terms with the fact that sometimes, you have to just do what you want; it doesn't matter what everyone else thinks. She really blossomed throughout the novel.
Sigh... I loved Barrett. He was such an amazing big brother to Jessie. He has a sense of humor (Ew, the doughnuts! I will NEVER be able to eat a glazed doughnut again!) and is so brotherly and kind to Jessie while being slightly annoying in the way that all big brothers are required to be. Jessie and Barrett had a really great relationship.
Henry. Was. Amazing. From his ugly white shoes to the top of his curly head, I loved him. Why can't there be more cute nerds out there for the rest of us? Hmmm???
Overall, I liked Into the Wild Nerd Yonder. It was cute and funny, but it wasn't amazing. A good read, but not one to foam at the mouth for. 

+40 – CUTE NERDS EXIST! THEY DO! – 'Nuff said.

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