Wednesday, April 2, 2014

{Blog Tour} Review: The Romeo Club by Rebekah L. Purdy

Title: The Romeo Club
Author: Rebekah L. Purdy
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

What happens when you agree to help your brother “de-nerdify” so he can catch the attention of the popular Chloe Anders, and to everyone's surprise, he actually lands her?
And what if his equally geeky friends come running with girl wish lists of their own, offering money for your services?
Well, if you’re sixteen-year-old, Delyla Denson, then you start The Romeo Club. A secret club where she’ll teach these guys how talk, act, and be cool around girls. It’s a win-win situation.
She’ll get enough money for the awesome prom dress she’s had her eye on, and the guys, well, they’ll get dates and maybe learn how to do something other than beat the next level on their video games.
There are only two problems with this plan. One, her quarterback/track star boyfriend is getting jealous of how much time she’s spending away from him and decides to try and figure out what’s going on. And two, Delyla is kind of falling for her brother’s BFF, Trey who she’s been hanging out with a lot more. And who thanks to her help, has caught the attention of the beautiful, perfect, and popular, Portia Rickard. With Portia and Trey heating up, Delyla realizes that maybe the person she’s meant to be with has been in front of her all this time.
But falling for Trey means she’ll have to take drastic measures including sabotage, with a capital S.

Guys. I just...I just loved this book. Seriously. It was so cute and fun and...I just loved it. 

Delyla is trying to figure out how to afford the prom dress of her dreams, when her brother asks for her help in giving him a makeover, so he can get the girl he likes to finally notice him. When his friends see that it actually worked, they enlist Delyla's expertise to help them as well. It's a perfect solution: the guys will finally get the girls they like to notice them, and Delyla earns money to get her prom dress. Until, you know, she realizes that's she's crushing on his best friend Trey. Hard. 

Not going to lie, the thing that probably won me over the most was the fact that her brothers and his friends were called (by Delyla,  at least) The Nerd Herd. Ummm how cool is that?? (Hello, blog title anyone) Someone else has a Nerd Herd too my friends aren't the only crazy ones whaaat. (I say my friends, I was the one who dubbed us that, never imagining it would stick. Um, it did.)

I loved the characters. Y'all already know that I love nerd characters. Delyla was most of a secret nerd, but she still was a nerd. (And I totally understand the AP class struggle, girl.) She was really realistic, and I felt like I could connect to her, relate to her. The Nerd Herd was adorable. Maybe because they reminded me of some of my guy friends from high school (sorry guys, but true), but they were so nerdy cute. In fact, I loved all the guys, just as much as Trey. (Okay, why didn't I have a guy friend like him in high school??)

Even more so than the romance though, one of my favorite parts about this book were the friendships. The banter, the teasing, the beating each other at video games. It was so realistic, and just fun. I mentioned while reading that this book just made me actually laugh out loud so many times. (Actually, at one point, I forgot I was in the living room and started cracking up at something and my mom was giving me weird looks but it's okay I'm used to it.) And again, maybe because it reminded me of my friends, but I think that just helped it be more realistic (as in yes, things like this actually happen). (Uh, the friendship aspect, not the romance aspect.)

The romance was super cute too (and I never say that). It was slightly frustrating in the sense that you just wanted to shake Delyla and Trey and say "why are you dating other people just date each other already". But, this also played out in a fun way. Delyla's attempts to sabotage Trey and Portia (with the help of her best friend Kenadi) were hilarious. (And the way the friends tricked them into finally talking to each other was just the BEST: 
"So how did they lure you in?" 
"[fantasy] Con tickets" 
"...And what did they tell you?" 
"Con tickets" 
"Bigger nerd." 
--taken from page 245/98% of eARC)

So, if you haven't guessed yet, this was a SUPER cute book, and I just loved it. And you should read it. Just do it. Do it for the Nerd Herd guys, if for no other reason.

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Rebekah L. Purdy

Rebekah Purdy grew up in Michigan, where she spent many late nights armed with a good book and a flashlight. When not hiding at her computer and getting lost in her stories, she enjoys reading, singing, soccer, swimming, football, camping, playing video games and hanging out with her kids. She loves the unexplainable like Bigfoot, the Dogman, and the Loch Ness Monster (lots of good story material)! She admits to still having all the books she bought throughout her childhood and teen years, and she may or may not have an obsession with anything chocolate…

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  1. AW thanks SO SO SO much! And thank you for being a part of the tour and taking time out to read and post a review!! And YAY FOR NERDS!!!! LOVE THEM (and am one--hahaha).

    1. You're so welcome! And yes, nerds are the best ;) (however biased I may be on that one)