Review: Becky Jerams – Reason to Love A Nerd Like Me

RTLANLM COVER KENDALAuthor: Becky Jerams
Reviewer:Diane
Publisher:Self Publish
Genre:M/M Young Adult
ISBN:N/A

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary:
Scotty Williams is the nerdiest 17-year-old at UK-based Havensdale College – and proud of it. However being a nerd can have its downsides, particularly when you’re constantly being targeted by the school bully Taylor Raven and his cronies. As Scotty tries to navigate his final college years with the aid of his best friend Olive, he also finds himself on the radar of the mysterious and intimidating Vincent Hunter, toughest guy in the Sixth Form. Is Vincent really as bad as he seems? Will Scotty’s darkest secret ever be revealed? Can he ever just finish his last few college years in peace? But most importantly… will any guy ever find the reasons to love a nerd like him?

Review:
Scotty Williams is a nerdy 17 year old who is bullied on a regular basis by the most popular boy at his school, Taylor Raven. While his bestfriend, Olive, tries to help and even stand up for him, she is not always around. Vincent Hunter has a reputation as a tough guy, but has also managed to be somewhat of a mystery to everyone, manages to be around for Scotty when Olive is not. A friendship is formed, but as only teenagers can do as they come of age, assumptions are made, truths are kept hidden, feelings get hurt and then everything comes to a breaking point and you have to get through the angst to find out who you really are, and what really matters.
The story is told from Scotty’s point of view.

This story began on Wattpad, a site to read and share stories and it’s quite impressive that it made the transition to a Kindle book due to its popularity. If you have read the Wattpad story, then you will already love the characters and the story, as I did not, I understand it has been edited and revised a bit for the book format. It is set in the UK, with teenagers attending college, which would be the equivalent of North American high school for the ages, and the fact it is in preparation for university.

Scotty is quite lovable, he’s book smart, is always in his classes, he’s not great at sports, his hobbies include spending time with his bestfriend, reading, role playing – even having a club at school called Dungeon Adventure Club made up of him, Olive, another girl Mandy, a German transfer student, Fitz and the very shy Neil. Although the last three are supporting characters, they are important because they live up to that throughout the book! At home it is just Scotty and his Mum as his father passed away a few years ago, which made him vulnerable and also led to events that are now his biggest and darkest secret.

The book pace is somewhat like a serial story, which makes sense for its origins, but it is very well written, the characters have a lot of depth and are dealing with a multitude of issues for the ages they are, 16 to 18, which I don’t think is as unusual as we’d like it to be. While the story does have a bully, you could easily dislike him, but the author provides enough hints that suggest there is more to the character of Taylor than you may initially think. Not all the bully characters undergo an epiphany, some remain mean, which is pretty true to life!

Vincent is also easy to fall for, even before you know his whole story, and his past is how he is able to see another side of Taylor. His bestfriend is Alexis, who does her best to keep everyone at arms length except for Vincent, and she has her reasons as well. It is challenging to explain the story too much without spoilers, but if you enjoy teen drama, coming of age stories, with a bit of angst but great characters, both lead and supporting, I believe you will enjoy this book. There are some suggestive scenes in it, but they are not graphic at all because this book is more about the characters and their stories.
This is the debut from this author and I look forward to reading more – maybe Taylor will get his own story?!?

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