The Nerdy and the Dirty is a favorite of mine. Benedict’s truthfulness reminds me of that movie, The Invention Of Lying, and that makes me utterly adore him. I wish everyone could be so truthful. But I also like that he has some seriously flawed thoughts that has come from things he’s heard/seen about how he’s supposed to be with women. I love Pen and her secret thoughts. In my opinion, she’s more normal than she realizes. I love the realness of Pen’s fear to be herself, because as a teen it’s scary to not be like everyone else—or at least what you think everyone else is like. Anyway, I love this book.
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?
Counselor Considerations contain SPOILERS.
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School Counselor Considerations:
Social/Emotional: Sexual content, navigating sexual discovery, fitting in, fighting stereotypes