REVIEW: The Nerdy and the Dirty by B.T. Gottfred

SYNOPSIS: Pen Lupo is sick and tired of hiding who she is. On the outside, Pen is popular, quiet, and deferential to her boyfriend. On the inside, however, Pen is honest, opinionated—and not quite sure that she's like other girls. Do they have urges like she does?

His classmates may consider him a nerd, but Benedict Pendleton knows he's destined for great things. All he has to do is find a worthy girlfriend, and his social station will be secured. Sure, Benedict is different--but that's what he likes about himself.

When fate intervenes, both Pen and Benedict end up at the same vacation resort for winter break. Despite their differences, the two are drawn together. But is there such a thing as happily ever after for a nympho and a nerd?

GENRE: Young Adult/New Adult

RATING: ★★★☆☆/ 3 let's-hear-it-for-the-outcasts stars.

REVIEW: I liked this book! Sometimes I feel like I need to defend and overexplain 3 star ratings. I consider 3 stars a win. It usually means that I liked the book, though maybe didn't love every moment, but overall I was entertained (which is what I aim for most of the time so mission accomplished). A 3 star book is one that I know I will recommend to some friends as a perfectly fun book! Hope that helps now and in the future (insert dorky chuckles here).

Okay, back to the book. The parents in this book are awful, which leads to our two main characters being deficient in some ways and deeply messed up in others. Seriously, it's all kinds of dramatic and traumatizing...great for reading but in real world terms, it would suck. But for all of that, the author adds such humor to his words and the choppy, diary-like quality of his chapters.

Benedict is the resident "Nerdy". He's all kinds of book smart but severely lacking in social smarts. And, in high school, that's a problem. Whereas, Penelope is the resident "Dirty". She's in with the cool crowd but they don't really know or understand her. This would be a cliche, except Pen's inner dialogue is oversexed and I kind of really like that it's the female of this equation that always has sex on the brain. Makes for a nice, and alternately realistic, change.

The book is a delightful exploration of self. Two teens that are rediscovering what is normal and some things that don't even need to be defined as normal or otherwise. It's a fun and entertaining twist on the romantic teen dramedy. Each voice is different and distinct and while there were parts that were up and down for me, I still enjoyed the book. Like I said, a fun an entertaining 3 star read!

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