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Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) on November 15th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Source: The Book Depository
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Pen Lupo is sick and tired of hiding who she is. On the outside, Pen is popular, quiet, and deferential to her boyfriend. On the inside, however, Pen is honest, opinionated--and not quite sure that she's like other girls. Do they have urges like she does?
His classmates may consider him a nerd, but Benedict Pendleton knows he's destined for great things. All he has to do is find a worthy girlfriend, and his social station will be secured. Sure, Benedict is different--but that's what he likes about himself.
When fate intervenes, both Pen and Benedict end up at the same vacation resort for winter break. Despite their differences, the two are drawn together. But is there such a thing as happily ever after for a nympho and a nerd?
First let’s start with a trigger warning. This book refers to domestic abuse and rape, plus a generous dose of emotional abuse.
I really, really, really, really like THE NERDY AND THE DIRTY, but I also don’t love it. It’s really tough to explain, but I will try my best.
My favourite thing about it was that it was very direct, very real, very messy. We got a peek into both Benedict’s and Penelope’s minds, with all their uncensored thoughts, and I could relate to each of them in some way, both as a the teenager I remember being and the 25-year-old I am now. I get in trouble a lot for being honest and direct and not wanting to deal with being “nice,” like Benedict (though I can be very good at it, unlike Benedict). At the same time, I also feel like I hide a lot of who I am, just like Penelope. It takes me a while to reveal who I am to people, and, in some ways, people following me on Twitter know me a lot better than people who know me IRL.
I also really liked how much sex there was in this. Not in smutty way, though, woah, was it fun to read. The point was that it did not shy away from talking about sex and masturbation and being turned on by weird and wonderful things. Penelope and Benedict each had their own approaches and experiences with their sexuality, and it was so awesome to see those come together. (Tehehe “come together”…)
The family situations were all kinds of messed up, with Benedict having a very distant, unloving, robo-dad, while Penelope’s mom was uber-Catholic. Both MCs were shamed for different reasons, and it was horrible to read that. There were also VERY AWKWARD scenes. WAAAAY AWKWARD. As in, I had to put the book down to deal with the awks. But I did like how the family issues changed in the book, but were never fully resolved. Like they did when they broke the 4th freaking wall at one point, real life doesn’t tie up nicely, so why should books?
On the other hand with all this, I found the pacing a bit icky at the start. I also thought the pacing of the relationship between Benedict and Penelope was lightning fast. Seriously. But I guess you could chalk it up to teenagers being all gooey? No, I don’t really think you can, but I suppose it had to happen this way for the story to happen in the allowed time.
I was also not too happy with how certain triggery things were thrown in here and there. I don’t want to go into too much spoilery detail, but something revealed by a dude toward the end could have been dealt with a bit better, if it needed to be at all.
All in all, though, I do recommend this book, especially if you want to see real teenagers having real thoughts about sex.
There was one point where I was desperate to share a page with Jamie because it immediately made me think of her and laugh out loud, but I was on the train and underground, with no reception. Also, Jamie is busy af at the moment, and I shouldn’t really be distracting her. I am trying to be a better, more supportive, less distracting friend. BUT I think she should get round to reading this when she has a chance because I think we could have some hilarious conversations.