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Review: Backward Compatible by Sarah Daltry and Pete Clark

Backward Compatible: A Gamer Geek Love Story - Sarah Daltry, Sarah Daltry, Pete Clark

This book is definitely for video game lovers who enjoy the "geek culture". The narration switches back and forth between Katie and George as they meet, game, and deal with the trials and tribulations of young adult dating.


As a self proclaimed geeky person, I was excited to dive into this. While it was definitely a light and fun read, I wanted something more. It took me a while to get through the book because it was so detailed in the dialogue and video game explanations. Don't get me wrong, it was a funny story full of snarky characters and the all around goofiness of a group of gamers, but I wanted a little more depth.


Katie and George are both shy and relatively inexperienced in the dating world and reading through their awkward sorta-kinda-dates was adorable and hilarious. From late night Denny's treks to the dreaded hanging at the mall, it really is about the company you keep. I enjoyed the banter between Katie, George, Lanyon and all of the other supporting characters.


What kept this from being a higher rated book for me was the feeling I had when I finished the book. I wanted more character growth or some kind of learning experience. This was not that. It was a light, fun story of a boy meeting a girl.


All in all, if you don't mind some foul language, sarcasm and enjoy stories about gamers (that remind you a little too much of your young adult years) then I would highly recommend this.


*I received a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not monetarily compensated for my opinion.*