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.
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 sure that she’s quite like other girls. Do they have urges like she does?
When fate intervenes, 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 this unlikely pair?
I won an ARC of The Nerdy and the Dirty from Goodreads and I don’t usually read things that are so cliché sounding – opposites attracting? then falling for one another? – however, something told me this would be different. And it was.
At first, I started thinking it was a mistake reading it. Benedict irked the living hell out of me and Pen sounded like a whiny little woe is me brat . . . not even going to lie. I kept reading because despite all that, I was generally intrigued by the premise.
It didn’t take that long for the storyline to pick up, either, which I am grateful for. Sometimes it takes a while for a book to pick up pace, especially a contemporary.
Once Benedict and Pen started interacting with one another, it was easy to tell where things were going. I was expecting Pen to be the popular girl with the “ew, nerd” mentality, but it was nice to see a twist on that. Pen definitely has a heart.
The one thing I didn’t like about this storyline was the insta-love aspect. Benedict didn’t like Pen, Pen didn’t care for Benedict one way or another – then boom, they’re instantly into each other. Then once they start hanging out at the resort they instantly “fall in love.” It’s unrealistic. Maybe that’s just me and my inability to get into romances.
Towards the end, there was a shift in Pen – Benedict stayed the same, just not as annoying – that was a bit refreshing to read. Pen didn’t go back to what was comfortable for her (even though she started to), stood up for herself, and allowed herself to be real even if that meant disrupting what was “perfect” for her.
I’ll be completely honest, however. There was a sex scene in The Nerdy and the Dirty that made up for the unrealistic insta-love. It was a sex scene that I think more books need to have . . . honest, pure, awkward, and real. With none of the “fade out.” There’s teenage sex in very few books that are realistic – it’s not all perfect and sensual, and this was a perfect example of it.
This was a really cute book and while it’s outside of my usual reading and comfort zone – it was definitely worth the read. It’d be right up the alley for those who enjoy reading YA contemporary and/or romances.