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Looking for books with male protagonist who's a geek/nerd/dork but not a total loser

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Initial post: Mar 19, 2012 8:59:00 PM PDT
TDR85 says:
Maybe he even gets the girl in the end. He doesn't have 6-pack abs, just an ordinary male teenager, pines for girls, avoids kocks, and probably is smart as hell otherwise.

Posted on Mar 19, 2012 11:32:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 19, 2012 11:33:42 PM PDT
Amazon lover says:
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky fits your description pretty well.

Posted on Mar 20, 2012 6:56:58 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Mar 20, 2012 6:58:29 AM PDT
By reputation, I'd recommend John Green's books (except his latest, The Fault In Our Stars, because even though it's an EXCELLENT book, the protag is a girl).

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (a fave of mine)
The Things a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt
Flash Burnout by LK Madigan
The Secret Year by Jennifer Hubbard
The Cardturner by Louis Sachar
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher (also an "issues" book)
Crossing by Andrew Xia Fukuda (also a multicultural book and a mystery)

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2012 9:32:47 AM PDT
cupcakes says:
the black prism

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 12:11:53 PM PDT
Iowegian says:
You might try Geek Girl, it's a fun read. The male lead is a bit of a dork, video game/sci fi geek.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 21, 2012 12:53:37 PM PDT
Lara says:
from a different genre, by Val McDermid, the Tony Hill series. He is a psychological profiler for hard criminals. Tony is geek, nerd, dork and absolutely brilliant.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 2:47:33 PM PDT
Erin Smith says:
Try the Ranger's Apprentice series.

Posted on Mar 21, 2012 4:53:15 PM PDT
Wayward says:
Ballad...James is a music geek but totally awesome :-) He's not so ordinary though...

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 11:45:51 AM PDT
Try The Astonishing Adventures of Fan Boy and Goth Girl by Barry Lyga. And it's sequel Goth Girl Rising. I'll also second The Perks of Being a Wall Flower.

In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2012 1:42:27 PM PDT
Joy Wells says:
Deadline by Chris Crutcher - quite amazing.

Posted on Mar 22, 2012 3:25:40 PM PDT
Jokerfan says:
"Hold Me Closer, Necromancer" if you like urban fantasy. Ignore the bizarre title, there's no romance in it.

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 10:58:32 PM PDT
read4fun says:
Flat-Out Love I loved it!

Posted on Apr 29, 2012 8:35:26 PM PDT
TDR85 says:
Thanks everyone. Also I meant 'jocks'

Posted on May 10, 2012 9:04:02 AM PDT
It's not YA, but Ready Player One: A Novel fits what you are looking for.

Posted on May 11, 2012 12:57:45 PM PDT
You might want to try the "Chronicles of Nick" Series by Sherrilyn Kenyon. Also, this is pre-teen/early teen but an amazing series (prequel to trilogy coming out fall 2012) is "The Maze Runner" Series by James Dashner as it is told from the perspective of a young boy.

Posted on May 11, 2012 9:32:21 PM PDT
Series involving someone named Harry Potter you might want to check out.

Posted on May 12, 2012 3:29:32 AM PDT
Helen Taylor says:
Compleat Geeks: Adrian Mole by Sue Townsend, Diary of a Wimpy Vampire by Tim Collins.
Not-So Geeky: The Maze Runner by James Dashner, The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan,

Posted on May 12, 2012 4:00:35 PM PDT
Try "First Admiral" - William J Benning. Lead character is a bullied, red-haired 14 year old overweight guy with acne. He gets abducted and gains the Mind Profile of a military genius, sorts out a bully, saves a species, wins a battle and tries to sort out his parents' lives.

Posted on May 12, 2012 10:57:08 PM PDT
Awkward by Marni Bates!

In reply to an earlier post on May 16, 2012 2:46:42 PM PDT
TDR85 says:
I just read it and thought it was great! Definitely a Geek (though female) protagonist and also a very well-written novel. I liked the humor and growth of the main character.

Posted on May 17, 2012 6:06:55 PM PDT
Alicia Adams says:
The Strange Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
House Rules

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 9:32:17 PM PDT
I'll second Ready Player One, I looovvvee this book!

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 12:38:47 PM PDT
Chelsie says:
Looking for Alaska
Shiver (Wolves of Mercy Falls)

Posted on Jul 10, 2013 1:10:07 PM PDT
Pretty much anything by John Green qualifies.

Second the recommendation of Hold Me Closer, Necromancer (which, btw, is a play on the Elton John song title Hold Me Closer, Tiny Dancer). Follow up is Necromancing the Stone (play on the movie title Romancing the Stone).

Posted on Oct 31, 2013 2:14:14 PM PDT
I liked "King Dork" and "Fat Kid Rules the World" but you might find the protagonists too nerdy.
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