Series: Nerd, #2
Published by Entangled: Teen on April 5th 2016
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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.
A growth spurt, a sport and purposely being an immature jerk were all the ingredients needed to become popular, much to Dan Garrett’s chagrin. It’s the last thing he wants and with each step up the rung of the popularity ladder, it’s costing him the geek band girl whom he’s always wanted. To Zelda, Dan’s just the nerd she used to know, who one day ‘upped’ and became popular after puberty shook off his nerd-scales – and the sweet boy who has simply forgotten about her in favour of his other popular and shallower friends. The straw that breaks the camel’s back is a stray basketball that flies straight into her nose and from there onwards, it’s all out war for Zelda, who’s now on the offensive.
Dan’s frustration and unhappiness with his newfound popularity was hilarious and unexpected, a fun but welcome twist in the typical popular guy falling for the nerdy girl trope. Dan’s and Zel’s awkward, dorky dance around each other is funnier simply because it’s cleverly told, with the irreverent and snarky humour of teenagers (who really think they know better!) at which I laughed. There’s a lot of nerd-speak and loads of LARPing which I can’t entirely appreciate, but reading about the zany high-school shenanigans in both Zelda’s and Dan’s very distinctive voices was a hoot.