Backward Compatible

Author: Sarah Daltry & Pete Clark

Pub Date: January 7, 2014

Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Young Adult

Themes: video games, dating, friendship

Fave Character: George

What I Think: Backward Compatible was sweet, sarcastic, and loaded with geeky references and just a touch of vulgarity to make it the perfect combination for a geek love story nerds of the world can appreciate. The blossoming romance begins at a midnight release gone wrong for George and his friend when there is an argument with gamer girl Katie of who gets the precious video game. The story progresses from the two perspectives of George and Katie as they overcome the virtual and real obstacles that ensue while trying to make their relationship work. On a random note: the characters were college age, and therefore more relatable to myself (I find that young adult novels with characters not in middle school or high school are hard to find). Disclaimer: you don’t have to be obsessed with all kinds of gaming to enjoy this book, I would define myself to be a few kinds of nerd but am in no way a “gamer girl” unless you count the Sims. 😉 But I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed watching these characters grow, interact, fall in love and by the last page, I was not ready for the story to end; I just wanted to be in their world a little longer. 

THE FEELS: 

+ George’s father and Chad’s character development

Seynar the unbearable and his blog posts 😦 and Lanyon’s permanent 3rd wheel status

Long Story Short: 7/10! Nerdy cute w/ a dash of snark kept me rooting for George and Katie! ❤

x emily.
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