Review: Backward Compatible by Sarah Daltry and Pete Clark

Katie and George’s first  meeting is not the stuff dreams are made of. Instead of their eyes meeting across a crowded room, their hands meet on a copy of their favorite game–a copy that neither of them is willing to give up, having waited in line at the midnight release to buy it.

From this inauspicious beginning grows an unlikely romance. Despite the awkward efforts of Jeff, a first-person shooter devotee and wannabe blogger with a crush on Katie, and the near-constant presence of Lanyon, George’s best friend, George and Katie get to know each other, in-game and in real life. And the more they know, the more they like.

Backward Compatible is laugh-out-loud hilarious to anyone who is a member of “geek” or “nerd” culture. The references fly fast and furious, but are used with an authenticity that keeps them from being cliched name-dropping. I have read books that claim to be “nerdy” or “geeky” romances in the past, but their sole concessions to the culture were to have characters that, in addition to being unnaturally attractive, were very smart. This book does not fall into that trap. The characters are living, breathing people, instantly familiar to anyone who has ever identified as a geek or a nerd. I felt like I had been transported back to my college and young adult days while reading Backward Compatible, and at certain points I was laughing so loud I thought I would wake up my sleeping baby.

Highly recommended for older teenagers – frequent swearing and sexual insults. No on-camera sex, but frequent references to it.

FTC Required Disclaimer: I received the digital ARC of this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review.

This review has been posted in compliance with the FTC requirements set forth in the Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising (available at ftc.gov/os/2009/10/091005revisedendorsementguides.pdf)

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