If you missed Part 1 (The introduction) of this group review you can check it out here.
If you missed Part 2 (My review) you can find it here.
Part 4 will be our thoughts and discussion after reading each other’s reviews! I am hoping to get it posted in the next day or two.
Quick introduction of Phil. He is one of my best friends and even though we live far away we talk all the time (ok we text a lot we don’t actually talk haha) He is one of the three people I know that know about my blog. He was a huge help when I first got started. Mostly he was super positive, encouraging, and supportive. Every time I publish a post I text him and he reads it right away. It is fitting that he gets the honor of my first ever guest post!
So without further ado, here is Phil’s review:
For me personally I don’t go out of my way to read romance stories. That’s not to say I hate them! I am just very picky when it comes to finding them compelling enough to continue reading. This author Sarah Kuhn, however has done a good job in wrapping the romance in a fun story with a main character I really relate to. What grabbed me from the start was the protagonist Julie’s knowledge of all things geekdom. There are some deep cut references to shows such as battle star, Star Trek and Buffy (one of my favorite shows as a kid) as well comics especially X-men (another favorite!). So it’s important to note going into this you may be a little lost on the jokes if you aren’t into this culture.
Now on to the love story! Was it compelling enough for me? Honestly yes! Without giving away any spoilers, right from the start there is a subversion of expectations that instantly got me hooked. After that it’s a roller coaster of emotions that had me not wanting to put the book down. I do however wish this was a series to find out what happens past this one weekend at Ginormocon (basically comiccon).
One of the biggest issues I had with the book was it’s length. The book is only about 100 pages and some of the story felt rushed because of it. There is a conflict with one of the side characters towards the end of the book that could have been fleshed out more but is instead resolved in a few pages (and fairly anti-climatically). In the beginning it did also get confusing how the book mixes real word pop culture references with fake ones but this was easily remedied when I realized all the references were real except for anything related to this fictitious show/comic.
Overall I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that loves nerd culture and is in the mood for a fast, fun, and easy to digest read. The hilarious references and charming love story are definitely the highlights. Having said all that I would have to give this book a 3.5.