Author: Cassie Mae
Publisher: Swoon Romance
Publication Date: September 24, 2013
Genre: YA Romance/Humor
Plot: First, here is the summary of "How to Date a Nerd" from Goodreads - Zoe has a great pair of legs, perky boobs, and wears exactly what she needs to show it all off. She works hard for the easy sleazy ‘you only wish you were me’ reputation, burying who she really is—an all-out nerd. The only time Zoe gets to be herself is when she hides under her comforter to read X-Men comics, sending jealousy stabs at everyone who attends Comic-Con. Keeping up her popular rep is too important, and she’s so damn insecure to care about the consequences. But when Zoe’s sister takes her car for a ‘crash and burn into a tree’ joyride, her parents get her a replacement. A manual. Something she doesn’t know how to operate, but her next door neighbor Zak sure as heck does. Zak’s a geek to the core, shunned by everyone in school for playing Dungeons and Dragons at lunch and wearing “Use the Force” t-shirts. And Zoe’s got it bad for the boy. Only Zak doesn’t want Popular Zoe. He wants Geek Zoe. She has to shove her insecurities and the fear of dropping a few rungs on the social ladder aside to prove to Zak who she really is and who she wants to be… if she can figure it out herself.
Zoe is popular and can have whatever guy she wants. But the guy she really wants is unattainable. It would send her social status to the depths of Mount Doom and Zoe will NOT let that happen. But popularity doesn't change who she is. A secret nerd. Zoe pretends her popularity is everything as she secretly reads X-Men and dreams of romancing her next door neighbor with her Elvish.
Zak is the Peter Parker of their high school; a complete geek and Zoe is head over heels for him. But he doesn't want to date Popular Zoe. He's everything she wants to be. She'll have to stop caring what everyone else thinks about her to truly find herself. The relationship between the two characters made me yearn for my own Zak. He's honest with her and incredibly sexy for a geek.
I fell in love with this story from the very beginning. I started reading it one night and didn't put the book down until I finished. At first, I was convinced the author was writing this book for me. I've always been a nerd and I really identified with the geek side of Zoe. How to Date a Nerd is about discovering who you really want to be and fighting for what you love, especially if that love involves quoting Star Trek like nobody's business and standing up for the boy next door. I admit that I laughed until I scared the dog sleeping under my feet and it brought tears to my eyes. I understood the nerdy references! It was my type of book. Cassie Mae writes for the nerds and she's proud to be one herself.
I highly recommend this book to everyone! How to Date a Nerd is a book you will want to read again and again. I can't wait to read the next one in the series! Cassie Mae is the female god of the nerds, right up there with Joss Whedon. You won't regret picking up this book!