I was super excited to read Guy in Real Life because it seemed like the ultimate nerdy-nerd read (aka right up my alley!), throw in a side of teen romance and drama and I'm sold. There were shining gems in the story, and other parts that just drug on that I didn't care about. I think if you're a serious gamer, you may enjoy this more than I did. I really didn't care during the fantasy worlds described in the story, and sometimes got confused from the multiple perspectives.
My rating: 3 stars
Summary from goodreads:
From the acclaimed author of Brooklyn, Burning comes Guy in Real Life, an achingly real and profoundly moving love story about two Minnesota teens whose lives become intertwined through school, role-playing games, and a chance two-a.m. bike accident.
It is Labor Day weekend in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and boy and girl collide on a dark street at two thirty in the morning: Lesh, who wears black, listens to metal, and plays MMOs; Svetlana, who embroiders her skirts, listens to Björk and Berlioz, and dungeon masters her own RPG. They should pick themselves up, continue on their way, and never talk to each other again.
But they don't.
This is a story of two people who do not belong in each other's lives, who find each other at a time when they desperately need someone who doesn't belong in their lives. A story of those moments when we act like people we aren't in order to figure out who we are. A story of the roles we all play-at school, at home, with our friends, and without our friends-and the one person who might show us what lies underneath it all.