Review: Reasons to Love a Nerd Like Me by Becky Jerams

Scotty Williams is the nerdiest 17-year-old at 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? 

You know the books where you have a lot to gripe about? But, at the same time, you can't put the book down? Yeah. That's where I am with Reasons to Love a Nerd Like Me.

Let me start with saying that on the surface this book was made for me. Scotty is geeky and adorable and out. Vincent is hot and loving and doesn't give two craps about how dorky his boyfriend is. Anyone who knows my reading tastes knows that I am all about the adorableness and these guys had it. 
As the song faded out, our lips parted and Vincent let out a contented sigh. My glasses had steamed up slightly and I quickly took them off and wiped them with my shirt. Vincent laughed out loud. "Hey, it's not funny," I said with a smirk. "I actually can't see!" He wrestled me playfully onto the bed behind us, "Stop being so God damn fucking cute, because I can't take it anymore!"
See? Cuteness everywhere. Everything about them was so sweet and perfect. I loved the build up between them. Scotty was a little dense, but he's only 17 and without much self-esteem, due to the horrible treatment he received at school.

Vincent couldn't have come into Scotty's life at a better time. Scotty was being bullied by the tennis star player, Taylor. The bullying was only getting progressively worse. Scotty was at a loss with what to do and couldn't even confide in his bestie, Olive. Then Vincent came along and ended up being there for Scotty. He boosted Scotty's confidence in a way nobody else had and helped him move past the bullying, even if Taylor wouldn't relent. 

Most of my problems with this story were with the writing style. THERE WERE A LOT OF CAPITALS AND EXCLAMATION POINTS!!!!!!! There was loads of drama going on, and the yelling and excitement only exaggerated an already melodramatic story. I kept wanting to tell everyone to just calm down for a minute. There was no reason to get so excited all the time. The characters were young, so I suppose that can explain all the unnecessary angst, but it all felt like too much. There was so much going on that my eyes started to roll towards the end. 

Then, after everything that happened with this group of kids, the end was wrapped up very neatly with a perfectly tied bow. Again, too much.

In the beginning, I loved it all and it was everything I expected from a YA romance. But eventually, things were bogged down by silly drama and it was overkill.
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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