on April 5th 2016
Genres: YA, Romance
Source: Entangled Publishing
I received this book for free from Entangled Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
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.
Zelda Potts used to be friends with Dan Garett who became everything they both used to hate overnight. Dan is popular seemingly overnight as he joins the basketball team. Zelda takes it personally when Dan misses a LARP night to go to a party, she sure she has lost him to the dark side for sure. Zelda doesn’t forgive easily and comes up with a plan to get revenge on Dan. Will things go right or will it blow up in her face risking everything she didn’t know she cared about.
In an Oyster Shell- This was a charming YA romance that had it’s hiccups in the beginnings and won me over in the end.
The Pearls- I found the concept of the book very interesting and endearing. I am a nerd at heart so this was the perfect story for me. The concept was well executed. The story reminded me vaguely of the 80’s movie can’t buy me love. Where the nerd wins over the popular one. This story has more of a twist than that.
I enjoyed the POV from both the main characters. I liked seeing how the character’s saw each other and also get a glimpse to what was going on in their heads. It brought clarity to the story and really had you feeling empathetic for both characters in the end.
I found the plot delightfully unexpected. It’s called romancing the nerd but I felt it proposed that there might be a little nerd in everyone. I like how the popular guy was not what he seemed and that the nerdy girl had some developing to do. Develop Zelda did I really appreciated that about her, I was losing hope at first. Overall this was a cheery, charming, read that I hope finds its way onto your TBR.
The Sand – I found Zelda to be infuriating – at times and more of jerk than she was projecting Dan to be. Eventually, she grew and became empathetic but I almost couldn’t finish the story because she was so disjointed as a character. I am glad it was resolved in the end.