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Booklist: Nerd Alert and Geek Pride

January 20th, 2012 (08:56 pm)

Current Mood: thirsty
Current Song: The Office score music

Someone online asked for a list of YA novels that included a lot of nerdy references. The request specifically asked for realistic fiction, nothing fantasy. I, a self-proclaimed geek and nerd, had many suggestions, including:

Paper Towns by John Green (a supporting character is constantly updating a Wikipedia-like website)

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green (the protagonist, once a prodigy, is now a high school graduate)

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci (15 short stories by 17 different authors plus comic interstitials written by Black and Castellucci, illustrated by Bryan Lee O'Malley and Hope Larson)

Into the Wild Nerd Yonder by Julie Halpern (a sophomore girl, a mathlete, makes new friends and starts getting involved with D&D)

Good Enough by Paula Yoo (college expectations and parental restriction)

She's So Money by Cherry Cheva (academic dishonesty: students doing homework for other kids)

Cheating Lessons by Nan Willard Cappo (academic dishonesty at the Classics Bowl, an academic quiz bowl)

Band Geek Love by Josie Bloss (an adorable romantic comedy about band geeks!) and the sequel, Band Geeked Out (just as good as its predecessor)

Major Crush by Jennifer Echols (more band geek joy - the protagonist is the first female drum major of her high school's marching band)

Geek Magnet by Kieran Scott (an artistic girl is constantly attracting geeks, but this is only one of the storylines - this story has far more depth than one might assume)

The Queen Geek books by Laura Preble (outcasts, a robot, ComiCon, and more)
- The Queen Geek Social Club
- Queen Geeks in Love
- Prom Queen Geeks

One Con Glory by Sarah Kuhn (reporters and sci-fi TV stars collide at a con)

Gamma Glamma by Kim Flores (the Homecoming dance and the regional science competition are on the same night)

How Not to Be Popular by Jennifer Ziegler (staying under the popular radar on purpose)

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Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 17th, 2010 06:07 am (UTC)

Enjoy! :)

Posted by: imcoolerthanu2 (imcoolerthanu2)
Posted at: February 17th, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC)

I am a total nerd, too. :) Lately, I've been hoping Lucas finds a home with the geeks and nerds as he heads into middle school. He's reading Jerry Spinelli lately, which seems a step in the right direction. He's also thinking of doing a theater summer camp this year, much to my joy. That's a good thing for him to get into.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: February 18th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)

YAY! Yay on all counts! :)

Posted by: Kiba (kibarika)
Posted at: July 1st, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)

So I was just about to ask you to make this list. And then I googled "geek book list" and it came up on the front page.

I love you!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: July 2nd, 2010 05:32 am (UTC)

That is fantastic. Yay. :) :)

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