Nov 8, 2011

Tween Tuesday: Nerd Girls: The Rise of the Dorkasuarus by Alan Lawrence Sitomer

3.5 sugar cookies with thick pink frosting.

Cover Love: Yes. I think this is a very eye catching cover.

Why I Wanted to Read This:
It looked like a good fit for my library. Here's the synopsis from GoodReads:

Maureen, a thirteen-year-old self-proclaimed dork-a-saurus, is totally addicted to cupcakes and hot dogs and thinks that her body looks like a baked potato. Allergy-plagued Alice can’t touch a mango without breaking out in a rash, and if she eats wheat, her vision goes blurry. Klutzy to the extreme, Barbara is a beanpole who often embarrasses herself in front of the whole school. These outcasts don't have much in common—other than the fact that they are often targets of the ThreePees: the Pretty, Popular, Perfect girls who rule the school.

But one day Maureen discovers that the ThreePees are planning to sit next to Allergy Alice in the cafeteria and eat peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches on whole wheat toast with mango marmalade for lunch. And Maureen decides that it's time to topple the eight-grade social regime. She joins forces with Alice and Barbara and the Nerd Girls enter the school talent show, determined to take the crown from the ThreePees. Will their routine be enough to de-throne the popular crowd? Or will their plan backfire and shake their hold on the bottom rung of the social ladder?

I Kept Reading Because: I liked Maureen and wanted to see her find some happiness.

Romance?: Not really.

What I Liked (& Didn't):
I liked all three characters. The were very different and diverse and each had their own unique voice. I was glad to see the growth in Maureen and Alice's back story was a big twist for me.

Here's what didn't ring true for me (but it was good for the book). Most girls as nasty as the ThreePees are transparent for teachers. The fact that they got away with everyone because adults thought they were perfect just isn't normal. Teachers and administrators really do see through kids who are so two faced.

The growth that Maureen went through was encouraging to see. She open herself up to a lot of new additions in her life and took a step towards being successful.

I think my favorite was Barbara and her family. She cracked me up most of the days!

To Sum Up: This was an easy book to get into with girls you were really rooting for!

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Book from Disney (brought to my attention through NetGalley and bought for my library).

1 comment:

  1. I love your "teacher-take" on it. You're right! :-)