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Into the Wild Nerd Yonder

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Into the Wild Nerd Yonder
Julie Halpern

As Jessie begins her sophomore year her place (or lack thereof) in the social strata suddenly becomes uncertain.  Her two best friends have decided to go punk, and her punk older brother is suddenly getting awfully clean cut. When one of her friends betrays her with her crush, she decides it is time to go looking for some new friends.  The band geeks seem pretty nice and welcome her at their lunch table and encourage her to expand her drum playing.  But it is a particularly nerdy and kind group of kids that are drawing her in.  Can she bear to give up her cool points, and embrace the dork side?  Maybe for a girl with her mad math skills and crazy sewing talent, this is where she belongs.  But somehow giving in and learning to play Dungeons and Dragons seems like a bigger risk than she has ever taken before.

A delightful book about eschewing labels and finding true friends, plus with one of the best brother-sister friendships I've seen in a long while.  Truly unique and delightful!  Best for high school and up, due to sexual references, venereal disease, and teen drinking.

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zalena
Apr. 7th, 2011 01:47 am (UTC)
I just checked out this book from the library earlier today! It was recommended as a 'clean' read, though your descriptions has me thinking I will definitely need to vet it first.
dawnoftheread
Apr. 7th, 2011 03:38 pm (UTC)
Yeah...there is nothing outright graphic, but her best friend does catch gonorrhea giving a guy blowjob, which might keep it off of a lot of "clean lists". The main character is pretty squeaky clean...though by no means 100% innocent and without spark ;)
(Anonymous)
Apr. 13th, 2011 05:50 pm (UTC)
Hoping to have my say
Hi - I am certainly happy to find this. great job!
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