Cait’s ARC Review of “Tall, Dark, and Nerdy” by Maggie Dallen

By: Cait Marie

*I received a free advanced copy of this book from the author for my honest review.*

Oliver and Olivia (or Jackson and Vance, as they only call each other by their last names) have been best friends since they were born. Being outcasts throughout school, they’re all each other has, and they’re okay with that. But when Oliver creates an app that goes viral, their whole world begins to change.

After Oliver’s app Love Quiz takes off, he’s noticed by a lot of big name companies and schools. For their senior year, he starts at a new private school in New York that will better cater to his genius. He also sells the app, with the stipulation that he still gets to work on it with the company. Seemingly overnight, he becomes a billionaire with his dream job. The only thing left he wants is the girl. But not just any girl, he wants Liv. He’s been in love with his best friend for years, and he’s tired of hiding it.

Liv is beyond happy for Oliver. She’s always known he was destined for greatness, and now everything is happening for him. However, she was not prepared for the feelings of being left behind. Terrified of losing her best friend, she must face the fact that their lives are changing and that not all change is bad.

I’ve been in a contemporary mood the past month, as you’ll see by all my reviews coming out in the next week or two. This one fit right in! It was a cute love story that was fun and easy to read.

As most of you know, characters make or break a book for me. Oliver was such a great character. He was charming and nerdy, and his love for Olivia was apparent from the beginning. Olivia, on the other hand, was slightly harder to like at times. She was very negative about herself, and it was a bit repetitive. However, I think the reason I had trouble with this is because she reminds me of myself and I’m very hypocritical about that kind of thing. I don’t like hearing people talk bad about themselves.

Regardless, I very much enjoyed this book. I loved seeing these two characters grow and change. It was great seeing Oliver’s confidence increase. The pacing felt natural given that they’ve been friends their whole lives. Their relationship from the beginning was fantastic–the way they’re so supportive of each other. Dallen has a great way of writing these contemporaries in a way that’s relatable and realistic, even with situations like becoming a billionaire over night.

I will definitely be continuing with her books!

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