Talk Nerdy to Me


I have a soft spot for the nerds of the world.  I’m not just talking save-the-world-with-a-robotic-arm-thingie-so-that-I-can-prove-I’m-worthy-of-you nerds, I’m talking quirky people. They warm my heart. Maybe that’s because I’m a mega-geek (anyone who spends time blogging about any subject, especially about a subject they get teased about, like me, must embrace their nerd status).

Oh yes. Glasses. I love glasses.

When I met my husband, he was equal parts Mr. Nerd and Secret Partying Guy. I loved all of him, but was so drawn to the Mr. Nerd side.  The Secret Partying Guy made me nervous, but the Mr. Nerd who wanted to talk about old movies and The Beatles and who’d write me poetry—he blew my mind and totally stole my heart.  And the Secret Partying Guy was cool and fun and everyone liked him, but I loved the guy who was practically a genius even more. You know why? Because smart guys are hot.

Also, I’ve always found nerds to be so much sweeter than your stereotypical popular guy. Maybe it’s because cool is so far out of reach for nerds that they don’t even bother. They just treat everyone the same. They’re nice. And nice is good.

And think about it.  Neville Longbottom was a serious nerd.  Remember?

Oh Neville, you adorably dorky kid. We loved you back then too.

But then he killed Nagini and look what happened to him:

I'm just sayin.

Of course, everyone who’s read the Harry Potter books knows that Neville was an awesomely sweet, devoted friend to Harry long before he kicked serious Voldemort butt in the last book, but if he wants to put on a tux and look like a bad ass, more power to him.

Take, for example, a couple of my favorite nerds:

1. Michael Moscovitz from The Princess Diaries– Michael certainly ends up with the last laugh. His hotness is compared to that of Christian Bale’s, he’s a gabillionaire (or, you know, maybe just a millionaire), and he gets the girl.  But he was hot way before all of that stuff ever happened. You guys, he created a computer program just to tell Mia how he felt about her.  And he never shied away from laying it all on the table and just saying, “Yeah, you’re the one.” And he saw that Mia was a spazz, but he was totally into her anyway.  Also, he had a thing for Star Wars (which makes him both nerdy and cool).  And he created an online magazine where he talked about computer stuff!  Holy crap, do you realize how smart he was? And the dark hair, dark eyes thing doesn’t hurt either.

2. Cricket Bell from Lola and The Boy Next Door If anyone were ever quirky, it’s Cricket.  He sort of fumbles around because he’s shy and he’s a bit awkward with girls (because he’s s huge dork), but he’s led by this wonderfully intense passion for a few things: first, his love of science, which inspires him to create all sorts of amazing gadgets. Second, his love of his family, which takes him away often, but shows that he has the heart of someone giving. And finally, his love of Lola. And he’s pretty open about that.  He makes sure that she knows how he feels now that he’s home. I mean, as a boy he invented a working elevator for Lola’s Barbies.  They don’t get more adorable than that.

3. David from The All American Girl series- This one is simple. David is obviously smart, he cares about the world around him being that his dad is President and all, and he obviously digs Sam, his girlfriend. And he’s artistic. AND he has no idea that when Sam says she wants to play Parcheesi, she actually means that she wants to do something entirely different (which really shows Sam to be a huge dork, but that’s OK too).

So ladies, any nerds—boy or girl—who are close to your heart?

Lola and the Boy Next Door

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins

Budding designer Lola Nolan doesn’t believe in fashion . . . she believes in costume. The more expressive the outfit — more sparkly, more fun, more wild — the better. But even though Lola’s style is outrageous, she’s a devoted daughter and friend with some big plans for the future. And everything is pretty perfect (right down to her hot rocker boyfriend) until the dreaded Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

When Cricket — a gifted inventor — steps out from his twin sister’s shadow and back into Lola’s life, she must finally reconcile a lifetime of feelings for the boy next door. (Goodreads)

Alright, before I completely explode…let me just say it:

I LOVE THIS BOOK!

It is like a huge box of chocolates (and not in a Forest Gump-y way). It’s like a day at Disneyland (Um, THE happiest place on Earth, come on). It is sweet, funny and completely charming in every single way.  And because I enjoyed it so, so very much I find it hard to explain exactly how or why I loved it.  This is because no one thing in particular drew me in—everything did.  I mean, I was already a fan of Perkins, what with her insistence of making fun of Nicholas Sparks and with her creation of Etienne St. Clair and all (truly the only short guy I have ever found attractive). So yes, I expected to really like Lola.  I even expected to love it.  But it totally exceeded my expectations.

Maybe it’s because Lola is so adorably exasperating with her quirky fashion sense and awful taste in boyfriends (well, one of them at least).  Maybe it’s because she’s still so terribly embarrassed after her next door neighbor kind of but not really blew her off just when things started to get all romantical (this is a real word. I swear).  But man oh man, I love this girl.  I love that she embraces who she is without apology, all without coming off like some angsty emo chick.  She’s a funny, smart, sweet girl who’s never really gotten over her first crush.

And lordy, lordy, lordy, Cricket Bell—there aren’t enough words to describe him.  Instead of being the super-hot aloof guy who really has a big heart hidden under that tough exterior, he’s the total opposite in the most adorable, charming way.  He’s cute, but in a sweet, geeky, awkward way and his heart is out there for Lola to see. There are no pretenses. There are no games.  Holy cow I love that! He clearly still has a thing for Lola and always has, yet in the past family demands have always gotten in the way.  But things are different now. The situation is changing. Cricket is changing too.

And what Cricket and Lola have in each other is so completely engrossing and lovely.  I’d read their story again and again.  I’m a total sucker for childhood sweethearts and for best friends who fall in love. I’m an even bigger sucker for awesomely nerdy guys and for heroines who actually have lives and friends and families outside of their romantic pursuits, and for characters who know what they want out of life.  This book has all of that.

Crush Intensity: 5/5 I’m not sure if I mentioned this already, but wow, I loved this book.  Also, for those of you who may not know, Anna and St. Clair make many appearances in Lola and the Boy Next Door, which is, of course, another added bonus. Read it!