Into the Wild Nerd Yonder

by Julie Halpern

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I’m finally on spring break and read this book all in one sitting. Jessie is starting her sophomore year in high school and her two best friends are suddenly boy-obsessed punk-rock wannabes, leaving her wondering where exactly she fits into the world. She loves math and sewing (she wears a different skirt everyday, made from the craziest fabric she can find) and sometimes substitutes as a drummer in her brother’s punk band, and with all that, still feels invisible.

Obviously she gravitates toward the nerd world (and I mean, who wouldn’t?) and, while initially resistant, starts to realize that coolness is overrated.

While this is the typical, predictable, coming-of-age tale, Jessie as a narrator was pretty awesome. But the thing that made this book epic to me was her relationship with her older brother. Very few books give us normal-looking positive sibling relationships; they either hate each other or go more towards hero worship. Jessie and Barrett are funny and supportive and real, and I loved that.

This was a perfect spring break read- light and entertaining and funny without the cheese. You encounter everything from Dungeons and Dragons to holding hands with a cute boy to the complete betrayal of a best friend. Check it out!

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