Review: #Nerd by Cambria Hebert

September 23, 2016 review 2 ★★★

Review: #Nerd by Cambria HebertTitle: #Nerd
Author: Cambria Hebert
Series: Hashtag #1
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: self published
Source: Amazon (Kindle Unlimited)
Two people from completely different worlds are about to be thrown together...

In more ways than one.

She wants to keep her scholarship. He wants to stay on the team. An awkward alliance doesn't even begin to cover Rimmel and Romeo's relationship.

But that's about to change.

It starts with a dare. An initiation. A challenge.

Quickly, it turns into more. But when you're a victim of your status, there is no room for anything real. The rules are clear and simple.

Stick to your circle.

And never fall in love with anyone on the outside.

(Summary from Goodreads.)

Okay I have to admit, despite all the stereotypes and cliches I actually enjoyed #Nerd more than I thought I would. It’s a typical nerd meets jock, cue the instant connection and passionate romance. Romeo is a bit of an alpha male and part of me loved him and couldn’t help crushing on him. Romeo is charming, nice, and cocky enough to be attractive (in a book, not so much in real life) but not overly arrogant. But some of the other characteristics of an alpha male really rubbed on me in #Nerd, specifically how possessive Romeo is. Even before he and Rimmel become a couple or even discuss it, he’s trying to claim her as his own, making it known to everyone. And that bugged me. A lot. It’s one of those things I think the author tried to pass off as romantic but seemed creepy and negative to me. But to give Rimmel credit, she didn’t just accept it and go along passively. She made a point of not letting Romeo control her and acted independently for the most part.

Rimmel probably annoyed me the most in #Nerd. Hebert portrays her as this spineless person who dresses horribly, can’t speak to people without stammering, and is obsessed with studying – what the author (I guess) thought was a typical nerd. And I really object to that. Being a “nerd” doesn’t mean you dress badly and have absolutely no social skills. I consider myself a nerd sometimes but never have I dressed in what looks like a paper bag. Also, why is the girl always the nerd? Why is it that Rimmel needs a guy to bring her out of her shell? I almost would have preferred the book if the roles had been reversed or if Rimmel hadn’t been so stereotyped.

At the end of the day though, I shipped Romeo and Rimmel. Yes it’s cliched and stereotyped but there’s something about this romance trope that still gets to me. I couldn’t help but want Rimmel and Romeo to get together in the face of opposition (which is overly dramatic if you ask me, but hey I kept reading). I’m not sure yet if the fact that these characters have a load more books is a positive or a negative but I’ll read the next few and see where it goes.

3 stars

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2 Responses to “Review: #Nerd by Cambria Hebert”

    • Zareena (The Slanted Bookshelf)

      Yes! That would be such a good book :) Megan Erickson’s Make It Count is probably the closest I’ve come to the guy being the nerd, but it’s not quite a complete role reversal. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Stephanie!

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