Hi! I loved Fangirl! You should definitely check out Guy in Real Life by Steve Brezenoff. It’s got the requisite nerdiness in the form of role-playing gamers. There are plenty of quirky pop culture references. These teens are smart and self-aware. The plot revolves a will-they-or-won’t-they get together romance, but it’s thoughtful, too. Other books I’d suggest include: Roomies by Sara Zarr and Tara Altebrando, Love and Other Foreign Words by McCahan, and Into the Wild Nerd Yonder byJulie Halpern.
If you’re looking for an adult novel about nerdy romance, like The Rosie Project, you might enjoy Courting Greta by Ramsey Hootman.
Hope you enjoy some of these!
- Molly, LPL
Hello! While there’s nothing wrong with reading nonfiction (I’m currently reading Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory by Caitlin Doughty and it’s fascinating and funny and kind of delightfully morbid), I’m sure there’s some fiction you can get excited about.
If you liked Super Sad True Love Story, you might enjoy enjoy A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. It’s got a hint of the dystopian future and a side of punk rock and is written in that post-modern style and has a melancholy feel. Dave Eggers’ The Circle is another thought, though that one has been kind of polarizing. A newer release that might be of interest is The Bees by Laline Paul. It follows a worker bee who challenges her queen, and the crazy idea actually works. It’s a unique spin on the dystopian trend.
Both The Art of Fielding and Super Sad True Love Story have a strong sense of place, so you might enjoy Swamplandia! by Karen Russell, in which setting plays an important role. If you want another books where baseball provides the frame for examining how events can change people’s lives, perhaps try A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.
Evelina is throwing me for a loop — I’m not familiar with it, but descriptions say it’s a humorous, satirical coming-of-age story. While the setting is modern day rather than historic and it isn’t epistolary, my personal favorite coming-of-age satire is The 39 Deaths of Adam Strand by Greg Galloway.
I hope one of these sounds interesting. If I struck out with all these, feel free to let me know and I’m happy to try again!
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