This week I tackled two very different books. I can’t say that I was overly impressed with either, which breaks my heart a little.
I started with The Nerdy and the Dirty by B.T. Gottfred. I was searching for a love story with a twist during this Valentines day weekend. I didn’t want anything too soppy. I thought the cover and the back story seemed promising with this one:
“Pen Lupo is sick and tired of hiding who she is. On the outside, Pen is popular, quiet, and deferential to her boyfriend. On the inside, however, Pen is honest, opinionated—and not quite sure that she’s like other girls. Do they have urges like she does?
His classmates may consider him a nerd, but Benedict Pendleton knows he’s destined for great things. All he has to do is find a worthy girlfriend, and his social station will be secured. Sure, Benedict is different–but that’s what he likes about himself.
When fate intervenes, both Pen and Benedict end up at the same vacation resort for winter break. Despite their differences, the two are drawn together. But is there such a thing as happily ever after for a nympho and a nerd?” (Goodreads)
Sadly, I couldn’t make it more than 50 pages into this book before I gave up altogether. I seriously struggle to say that out loud. I hate giving up on a book, but I couldn’t stand to read a single page more. The book jumps back and forth between the perspectives of Pen and Benedict. Benedict’s character was so robotic that it was almost painful. It made me uneasy. Pen was so trapped in herself that it had an air of eccentricity. I honestly think that the main reason I couldn’t keep reading it was that I couldn’t stand listening to Pen go on and on about her masturbation routine.
All in all, this one will go in the “Thanks-but-no-thanks” pile. I don’t think I could even give it one out of 5 stars.