Book Review

[Review] How to Date a Nerd – Cassie Mae

how to date a nerd
How to Date a Nerd
How To #1
by Cassie Mae
Publisher: CreateSpace
Release Date: September 19, 2016
Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 260
Format Read: Kindle
Source: Purchased on Amazon
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Reviewed by Megan

Zoe has a great pair of legs, perky boobs, and wears exactly what she needs to show it all off. She works hard for that easy sleazy ‘you 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. 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. 



This is one of those books that I wanted so badly to be able to crawl inside of. It appealed to every geeky part of me. And, as we already know, I love geeky love stories. Adore them. They go so much deeper than pretty girl meets pretty guy, they run into a teensy hiccup and fall madly in love, living happily ever after.

Zoe is the popular girl. Now.

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But it wasn’t always like that. In middle school, she was Geek Zoe.

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Now, to me, Geek Zoe sounds pretty fan-freakin-tastic. Minus the Dungeons and Dragons . . . personally, I never got into it. But she spouts off references to Star Trek, X-Men, and all sorts of geeky fandoms (even my personal favorite – Doctor Who) like it’s nobody’s business. BUT, she isn’t perfect. She trades all of that (along with an amazing best friend) for popularity. Like, totally ditches Zak. Then, all of the sudden, she starts realizing that what she has (the popularity, guys fawning all over her and the fake best friends) isn’t enough anymore. She misses Zak. More than that, she’s falling for Zak. Oh yea. Big time.

This was the cutest love story, I thought, because they not only have to fall in love, but they have to rebuild their friendship. And of course, there’s another geeky girl who has attached herself to Zak in Zoe’s absence.

With many love stories, I know what’s going to happen in the end. I mean, hello! Love story. Pretty self-explanatory. But with this one, it was done in such a way that I was guessing until the end. Would everything work out? Would Zoe be able to overcome her fear of being teased as Geek Zoe or would she chicken out, becoming the mean and popular Zoe once more, losing Zak forever in the process?

What is my favorite thing about this book? You mean, besides its awesomeness? The fact that it is an Indie book. Yes. If you look at the book details up there by that eye-catching cover, you see CreateSpace, which is an Independent Publishing Platform. Self-published, also qualifying as Indie published. And if you’ve spent any amount of time around here, you know how much Crystal and I LOVE Indie books. And this one reads like it was published by one of the Big Ones 🙂

I loved this book. Every minute of it. Every page. Every quirky little nugget of Geeky gold. I loved it so much that I bought the next two books in the series (which, after my Indie discovery, means that I will be reading them next month for #IndieAthon!) It was fun, entertaining and just the right amount of romantic at the same time. The perfect mix for a YA book. And thankfully, despite her reputation as Popular Zoe, this book did not promote sex among teens. I was impressed by this, as it is one of the things I dislike most in my YA.

Geeky perfection in a neat, Kindle package. Five stars (more if I could!).

To all my fellow geeks out there . . .


25 thoughts on “[Review] How to Date a Nerd – Cassie Mae”

  1. Great review, I absolutely love and adore cute, geeky and indie books. And this one looks and sounds absolutely amazingly fantastic and right up my alley. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and putting this book on my radar.

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