Saturday, January 30, 2010

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern

How is it that someone becomes a dork?  Do they choose to, just like Bizza and Char decided to turn punk?  Are they born that way?  What makes some people like punk music and Denny's and other people like costumes and Dungeons and Dragons?  And where do I fit into all of this?

These are the questions that sophomore Jessie is dealing with as her two "best" friends from life turn punk, steal her crushes, and use her for whatever they need.  She sees these two friends, Bizza and Char, change into "mall punk" versions of themselves weeks before school starts sophomore year.  At the same time, her once punk brother contemplates getting rid of his mohawk and going out with the homecoming queen.  Jessie is caught in the middle of all this and starts to look for more friends...but all she sees are dorks, nerds, and band geeks - but they're all really nice?  She's a smart, straight A students and a super math whiz.  Is she a dork already??  If she starts hanging out with the band nerds or even worse the Dungeons and Dragons kids, will she lose any hope of being normal or cool?  Does this even matter?  Read this amazingly funny book to follow Jessie on her friend search as she travels Into the Wild Nerd Yonder.

This is a book I've been waiting for forever!  I've read lots of books that have cool, smart, nerdy characters, but they've all sort of already made the journey that Jessie is working on.  This is a book that made me proud of my nerdiness...or dorkiness...I think I am actually probably more nerd than dork, but anyway - I love the way Halpern navigates the cliques in high school and where she takes Jessie on her journey.  A great read for nerds and an important one for people who think they're all cool but really are missing out on true coolness because they aren't nerds.  Fabulous read!!!

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