REVIEW: #NERD by Cambria Hebert (Hashtag #1)

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#Nerd (Hashtag #1)
Author: Cambria Hebert
Genre: Romance, Contemporary, New Adult
Release Date: November 1st, 2014
Published By: Cambria Hebert Books, LLC
ISBN: 1938857623

★ SYNOPSIS ★

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.

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★ MY REVIEW ★

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“Never judge a person by their status.”

I’m going to attempt to contain myself and start this review out as I would most reviews that I write. #Nerd is by new-to-me author Cambria Hebert and is part of her #Hashtag series. The story is told from alternating first person point-of-views, and if you have read my reviews before, you know I’m not a fan of first person. In this case, I’m all for it. It can be read as a standalone, and it does have an HEA with no cliffhanger.

Okay! That’s really as far as I can go with containing myself. 😀 This book is flat out amazeballs. <– Yup, I said that. I’m sure some may not agree, especially if they aren’t a fan of new adult (It’s not your typical read for this genre.), college type books or first person POV. For me, this book just hit everything on the kisser. It’s extremely well written. It sucks you in, tangles you up and spits you out in one of those big, sighing book hangovers that you just want to relive again and again. The main characters grab you, and the co-stars in the book make you want to know more about them.

I knew I’d be gushing for this review, #Nerd has me wanting to dive right into the next book so bad that I can barely contain myself. Due to that, I went on Goodreads for some facts. You may have noticed the published date of #Nerd (Nov 1st if you didn’t), it’s been out less than a year… According to the statistics on GR, it’s currently sitting at 572 reviews, with 5213 people having rated the book. From those ratings, it has a 4.09 star. I can safely say I’m not the only one that fell in love with this book and these characters.

This brings me to our MC’s and I’m not sure who I want to start with more, Rimmel or Romeo. I struggled for a few days trying to write this because I don’t want to give spoilers, but I still want to do the book justice. And frankly it’s hard not to gush about it. So… I’ll just dive in and see where it takes me.

Rimmel isn’t the typical college girl. She’s quiet, she dresses in huge baggy clothes, she has no interest in her hair or makeup.. in fact her hair is usually a cyclone mess that hides her face. She’s extremely intelligent, however, and has a huge heart but she’s not a pushover either. She’s labeled a nerd because she gets good grades and isn’t one of the “popular” kids. She doesn’t go out and party, she’s more comfortable in the library or working at the veterinary clinic where she spends most of her free time.

Romeo is the big man on campus, probably the most well known and recognizable male among the student population at Alpha U. Most people even recognize his car! He’s pretty much got it all, football, females, comes from a good family. At first I was figuring he’d be this really cocky guy and I’d be going, “Oh boy, don’t let him be a jerk.”… but Romeo isn’t your typical jock. He’s def book boyfriend material for me!

“I remember being slightly shocked the second I read his name that fireworks didn’t appear overhead and the marching band didn’t storm through the hall, playing the university’s fight song.” – Rimmel, #Nerd by Cambria Hebert

These two get thrown together, literally. They don’t really have a choice if they want to actually -have- choices. They have to learn to work together for what is going to benefit each of them. You absolutely won’t find two more opposite people than Rimmel and Romeo. He doesn’t know she exists and and she never saw any of this coming. Rimmel can’t -not- be aware of Romeo, everyone knows about him, and his nickname is Romeo for a reason. Romeo, on the other hand, he’s never heard of this chick, but there’s something about her…

Things changed between them pretty quickly, but it wasn’t in a rushed way. I’m going to go back to one of my coin phrases when it comes to some books, because it suits Rimmel and Romeo, their relationship is like an onion, it has layers. The more you read, the more you peel back and find out about each of them. There is so much more I want to say, but spoiler alley if I do! Obstacles do get thrown in their path, more than one, and I worried at first how they would handle them, but I’m impressed! They’ll have you cheering for them, gaping, curious and not able to put the book down! (Okay so at one point, I wanted to box Romeo’s ears, but Rimmel was all over that.)

“You’re killing me, Smalls.” – Romeo, #Nerd by Cambria Hebert

One last things I wanted to throw in, before this review gets longer than my arm. It’s not just the characters that will engage you. There are some hidden things that lurk in this book! Namely, Alpha Buzzfeed. The college’s official ‘Informational Update” that you’re encouraged to subscribe to. No one knows whose behind it, and the updates are sometimes hilarious, but they really enrich the story. The things that are hashtagged in it alone will have you chuckling. We don’t know who the Buzz Boss is, nothing about them, but they take on their own personality! Believe me, you’ll speculate on who it is.

Obviously, you’ll have guessed by now but #Nerd gets FIVE BIG NERDY STARS from me. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series and I’m actually happy I have four more to read in it. Would I recommend this book? Oh yeah, that’s a given. If you read it and love it… I’d encourage you to check out Cambria’s website, (link at the top) and Cambria’s Nerds on Facebook.

MY RATING:

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**All images within this review, including the #, Rimmel’s Cider Recipe and other content unless marked with the Wild Heart Reviews marker have been used with the permission of the author, Cambria Hebert.**

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