Monday, October 22, 2012

Review: Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder 
Author: Julie Halpern
Release date: September 29, 2009
Published by: Feiwel & Friends
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Jessie is a girl who isn’t afraid to say she likes school, not that she’s a nerd, but she isn’t shy about studying and showing off her smarts. However, her two best friends, Bizza and Char, are more concerned about how they are perceived by others and finding a group to fit into. At the start of their sophomore year, Jessie arrives at school dressed in the fancy skirt she made, and Bizza and Char arrive…as punk girls.

Jessie already has a punk-band, Mohawk-wearing brother, and a crush on Van, the bad-boy punk band’s drummer. Why do her two best-friends need to join-up, too? As her year gets underway, Jessie must adjust to her friends’ changes, her brother leaving the band and dating a cheerleader, and her own thoughts of joining a group of nerds on their Dungeons and Dragons adventure.

My Thoughts: Jessie is a hoot! I loved following her as she traversed her sophomore year of high school. I loved how she came to realize what was important in her life, and who was important and worth hanging around. Jessie’s family is super sweet and supportive and Barrett, her older brother, while still annoying at times, clearly loves her and wants to protect her. They gave me the warm fuzzies!

This was another quick, enjoyable read. A true coming-of-age story for those of us who aren’t afraid to admit that, like Jessie, we purchase and hoard school supplies throughout the summer because we love the fresh-newness of the start of a school year.
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