Into the Wild Nerd Yonder, by Julie Halpern, tells the story of a sophomore girl named Jessie who sews a brand new skirt for each day of high school. When her best friends turn punk and treat her like crap, Jessie has a big decision to make: should she become friends with band nerds and the kids who play Dungeons and Dragons, or should she hold onto being cool?
The best part of Into the Wild Nerd Yonder was the relationship between Jessie and her brother Barrett. You’ve heard of book-boyfriends? Well, Barrett is the ultimate book-big-brother. He picks Jessie up from parties gone wrong, he gives her good advice, and he plays interference with mom and dad. The dialogue between Jessie and Barrett is especially hilarious. I’ll never be able to look at Krispy Kreme donuts the same way again.
The only issue I had with this book was my own “willing suspension of disbelief.” It was hard for me to believe any girl who wore a homemade Elmo skirt to school could possibly think she was higher on the social totem pole than kids from the band. The skirt thing really threw me off, because it was so weird.
But…I would definitely recommend this book to YA fans because it was hilarious. Plus, I finally understand D&D!