Level Up: A Geek Romance Rom Com-Cathy Yardley

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Plot: 3/5     Characters: 4/5     Writing: 3/5     Entertainment: 4/5

If you like geeky stuff and romance, give this book a read. It’s a fun little book.

Tessa Rodriguez is determined to get her dream job as a video game engineer, even if it means designing a game based on her favorite show in three weeks. For that to work, however, she’ll have to call on her fellow fandom followers and break into the boy’s club at work. That includes Adam London, Tessa’s co-worker and roommate. He’s never seen Tessa as anything more than just “one of the guys,” but when his friends wager an interesting bet alongside her video-game projects, things between the two start to change.

For my first introduction to New Adult Fiction, I was impressed. The characters were especially well written. Everyone is a very believable twenty-something just trying to figure out how to move forward in their personal and professional lives. With this sort of book, it would have been so easy for Tessa to be a John-Green-esque “I’m not like other girls because I like geeky stuff. Look how deep and unique I am” trope, but she wasn’t. She was a girl who just so happened to be introverted and like geeky stuff. The same with Adam. It would have been so easy to make him a nerd-loser type, but he wasn’t. He was pretty cool.

I also appreciated that the author tried to deal with the boys-club culture that exists in geekdom, especially in gaming, but, unfortunately, she didn’t deal with it enough. One scene handles it beautifully and Tess knocks a more everyday creep down a few pegs  in another scene, but it would have been nice to see her fight the system a little more since it seems to be such a big theme.

Even with that said, the book was a lot of fun and I’d love to see more from this author. If geeks falling in love sounds like your cup of tea, Level Up your e-book collection and give this book a try.

As posted on Amazon on March 30 2016, with modifications

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