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Into the Wild Nerd Yonder Hardcover – September 29, 2009
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I fell in love with Halpern's witty and utterly true to life writing in Get Well Soon and was thrilled to see it continue in the cleverly titled Into the Wild Nerd Yonder. Halpern has a talent for portraying adolescent social situations in a way most readers will be able to relate to. I couldn't believe at times how accurate Halpern was in her analysis of high school cliques, particularly the popular crowd; she includes little facts I thought no one else thought about. It also helps that Jessie is such a likable character, not only for her sense of humor and other quirky traits, but also because she has to deal with teen year crises such as best friends turning into disloyal strangers, a protective and beloved older brother going away to college soon, and confusion and self-doubt over liking and fitting in with people she used to negatively label as "nerds" and "dorks.Read more ›
Fortunately, none of that actually stops her from acing honors English and precalc, spending her time sewing cute skirts while her inconsiderate friends stalk older boys, or finally drifting away from said toxic friends to try new things and new people.
Also, I can relate to visiting D&D sessions and having NO idea what's going on.
Jessie Sloan is something of a "plain Jane" at her school, who has a talent for both math and sewing, and makes her own clothes to wear. She also secretly crushes on a guy that's a part of her older brother's punk rock band. But when she starts 10th grade, her social life undergoes a dramatic change. Her supportive older brother (who's leaving for college soon) quits the rock band and starts dating the school's prom queen. And at the same time, her long time friends, Bizza and Char, decide to "go punk" and latch on to wild partying and trying to get in with the "cool kids". Feeling exponentially lonely and left out, Jessie tries to make new friends, and winds up crossing paths with the "nerd herd" of the school, who play Dungeons and Dragons on the weekends. At first, Jessie agonizes over being called a nerd (despite developing a crush on one of the D&D players), but when Bizza goes after Jessie's first crush and gets burned in a truly awful way, Jessie must come to learn just who are her truly supportive friends, and that how they treat each other are more important than labels.Read more ›
It's the summer before Jessie's sophomore year, and her best friends, Bizza and Char, have reinvented themselves into punk rockers. Jessie's brother is in a punk band, and although he doesn't want them to, the girls start hanging around with the band. Jessie has always had a crush on the drummer, Van.
So when Bizza goes after Van, and ends up in an intimate situation with him, Jessie is hurt, and angry, and gives up on their friendship. And, finally realizes that Van is a real jerk.
So, the second half of the book is about Jessie finding a new set of friends. She has been talking to a nerdy girl who is into Dungeons & Dragons. Since Jessie sews, she's been asked to create costumes for the D&D group. So Jessie very reluctantly goes to these D&D sessions with these nerds and finds a new set of friends and maybe even a romantic interest.
It really takes a long time for things to happen. I found the plot to be very plodding, and after reading about 50% of the book, I started skimming. It was one of those books that you could read a couple paragraphs of each chapter and know what's going on. I did read the last 10% of the book too. I think the second half was better, so I probably should have skimmed the first half.
I really didn't feel very sorry for Jessie. I don't know why. The characterizations are good, the writing is fine, but I didn't see her problems as being that dramatic.
I loved that Jessie has supportive parents and gets along with her brother.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I like Julie Halpern, but this book didn't really get into her being "A wild nerd" until pretty late on.Published 5 months ago by ajah
I love this book. It's funny,cute and shows a girl's journey to self acceptance. I recommend it as a quick,nice read.Published 16 months ago by Zamira Ferreras
I read this book in college for a teaching class and loved it! I really wish that I had a book like this in High School, because some of my friends turned out like the main... Read morePublished on March 5, 2014 by Jennifer Harbaugh
I love this book because it's unique. No one these days writes about a nerd world. I love how even the family is out there too and not put to the side like other books. Read morePublished on May 25, 2013 by Juju
Despite being an adult (in physical age at least, if not exactly at heart), I find myself wandering to the Young Adult aisle all too often when looking for a book to read. Read morePublished on April 16, 2013 by Kenya Starflight
This has been lurking around in my to-read list, but after meeting the author and discussing the different editions of Dungeons and Dragons with her, I had to bump it up to the... Read morePublished on July 25, 2012 by Ars Legendi
As a fan of Julie Halpern's other YA novel, Get Well Soon, and as a nerd, I had a feeling I would enjoy this book. Read morePublished on June 16, 2012 by R. Miller
If you're looking for a book about nerd culture or a group of teens playing Dungeon and Dragons, INTO THE WILD NERD YONDER isn't it. Read morePublished on March 6, 2012 by Anidori-Isilee
I bought this book because I thought it'd be a cute little YA novel, but I really feel like it doesn't get even remotely good until the last half of the book. Read morePublished on January 17, 2012 by Sandi