Tuesday 3 January 2023

Book Review: The Wrong Kind of Weird by James Ramos

The Wrong Kind of Weird by James Ramos book cover

AD* | Cameron Carson has a secret. A secret with the power to break apart his friend group.

Cameron Carson, member of the Geeks and Nerds United (GANU) club, has been secretly hooking up with student council president, cheerleader, theatre enthusiast, and all-around queen bee Karla Ortega since the summer. The one problem - what was meant to be a summer fling between coffee shop coworkers has now evolved into a clandestine senior-year entanglement, where Karla isn’t intending on blending their friend groups anytime soon, or at all.

Enter Mackenzie Briggs, who isn’t afraid to be herself or wear her heart on her sleeve. When Cameron finds himself unexpectedly bonding with Mackenzie and repeatedly snubbed in public by Karla, he starts to wonder who he can truly consider a friend and who might have the potential to become more...

Reading The Wrong Kind of Weird was a thoroughly enjoyable experience. The book is a new fiction book for young adults - a contemporary, realistic story that seamlessly intertwines romance, humour, and geek and nerd culture. The end result is a charming and relatable narrative.

One of the things that stands out to me most about this book is its representation of diverse and queer characters. The author has done a fantastic job of incorporating characters from the LGBTQIA+ community into the story in a way that feels natural and authentic. This not only adds depth and nuance to the book but also helps to make it more relatable to a wider range of readers. Each character has their own unique quirks and flaws, which is one of the main focuses of the book.

The central romance in The Wrong Kind of Weird is a love triangle which adds a level of complexity and drama to the story. The author has skillfully written the love triangle to make it understandable but also gives room for empathy and understanding of all the characters’ feelings and emotions. However, the romance is not just limited to the love triangle. The book also has a strong focus on geek and nerd culture with lots of references to manga and anime throughout the book. It's a real love letter to this type of media and everyone who embraces it.

Another strong aspect of the book is the use of humour. The author has a great knack for writing witty dialogue and funny one-liners. The book is light-hearted and relaxing to read, with a slow pace that allows the reader to really get to know the characters and their development. It's hard not to fall in love with the characters.

All in all, I would say that this is a solid three-star book. It's an easy and enjoyable read, with relatable characters and a charming narrative. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, contemporary fiction book with a bit of romance and humour thrown in for good measure.

Rating: 3 stars

The Wrong Kind of Weird is available to buy now.

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* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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