Staff Pick: Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern

 Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern
From goodreads.com:
It’s Jessie’s sophomore year of high school. A self-professed “mathelete,” she isn’t sure where she belongs. Her two best friends have transformed themselves into punks and one of them is going after her longtime crush. Her beloved older brother will soon leave for college (and in the meantime has shaved his mohawk and started dating . . . the prom princess!) . . .

Things are changing fast. Jessie needs new friends. And her quest is a hilarious tour through high-school clique-dom, with a surprising stop along the way—the Dungeons and Dragons crowd, who out-nerd everyone. Will hanging out with them make her a nerd, too? And could she really be crushing on a guy with too-short pants and too-white gym shoes?    

If you go into the wild nerd yonder, can you ever come back?

Pick it: for a truly relatable story about high school. No supernatural phenomena or life changing drama, just the reality of growing apart from your friends, figuring out who you are, and preparing for all the big changes ahead.

Pair with: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, another story about finding your place in a new social circle (this time in college).

Reviewed by: Deena


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