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Most self-identifying nerds have struggled with that identity at some point or another. While geek culture is firmly mainstream culture these days, there are still some lingering stigmas associated with loving certain kinds of pop culture stories so passionately that you spend your time and money engaging with them and their fandom. If you’re reading this site, then I don’t have to tell you about this experience. But you might enjoy a book about it…

Zoe Rosenthal Is Not Lawful Good is a YA coming-of-age story about a bullet journal-keeping high school girl who is also a secret nerd, struggling to embrace her identity as a fan/fangirl. The book follows “buttoned-up overachiever” Zoe Rosenthal, who sees her obsession with TV show Bleeders as a passing phase more than something she has to tell her disapproving boyfriend about. Much of the story takes place at Dragon Con, one of the best known fan conventions (and, honestly, what an escapist fantasy to spend time at a convention right about now). Check out the full, delightful synopsis:

“Planning is Zoe Rosenthal’s superpower. She has faith in a properly organized to-do list and avoids unnecessary risks. Her mental checklist goes something like this: 1) Meet soulmate: DONE! 2) Make commitment: DONE! 3) Marriage: TO COME! (after college). She isn’t sure which college yet, but it will have a strong political science department, since her perfect boyfriend, Simon, plans to ;save the country,’ as his sister puts it, ‘and the planet and everything.’ Zoe will follow along, the perfect serious, supportive girlfriend. It’s good to have her love life resolved, checked off, done. But speaking of unnecessary risks, Zoe’s on a plane to Atlanta, sneaking off to Dragon Con for the second season premiere of Bleeders. The show is subject to her boyfriend’s lofty scorn, but Zoe is nothing like these colorful hordes ‘wearing their inside on their outside.’ Once her flirtation with fandom is over, she will get back to the important business of planning a future with Simon. The trouble is, right now, Bleeders—and her fellow ‘Bloodygits’—may just mean the world to her. Will a single night of nerdery be enough?”

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