Cameron Carson has a big senior-year secret. A secret with the power to break apart his friend group.
Cameron Carson, member of the multicultural Geeks and Nerds United (GANU) club, has been secretly hooking up with student council president, cheerleader, theater enthusiast, and all-around queen bee Karla Ortega since the summer. The one problem—what was meant to be a summer fling between coffee shop coworkers has now evolved into a clandestine school-year entanglement, where Karla isn’t intending on blending their friend groups anytime soon, or at all.
Enter Mackenzie Briggs, who isn’t afraid to be herself or wear her heart on her sleeve. When Cameron finds himself unexpectedly bonding with Mackenzie and repeatedly snubbed in public by Karla, he starts to wonder who he can truly consider a friend and who might have the potential to become more…
NICUnurse’s Review of The Wrong Kind of Weird by James Ramos
James Ramos was a new-to-me author with this new release, but I’ll look forward to more of his works from now on. The Wrong Kind of Weird felt like a very authentic coming-of-age story. I’m not a fan of anime or manga, so there was a lot I skimmed through when it came to those scenes, but it didn’t keep me from finishing the book, nor did it keep me from understanding the overall plot or the main themes. Despite not being unputdownable and with a fairly predictable ending, I felt it was a well-written, well-rounded story overall that kept me entertained when I had time to sit and read. If you’re a fan of teen/young adult coming-of-age stories, I think you’ll enjoy reading this one.
NICUnurse’s Rating: 3.5 out of 5 propellers
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
James Ramos (he/they) is a nonbinary, unapologetically dorky Minnesota native who now calls Arizona home. Weaned on a steady diet of science fiction, comic books, and classic literature, James wrote his first story at eight years old and hasn’t stopped writing them since. He counts Jane Austen and Frank Herbert as his biggest literary influences and believes in the unifying power of the written word. James is passionate about storytelling, particularly stories that give voice to marginalized people, especially those within the LGBTQ+ community and people of color. When he isn’t writing he can usually be found cosplaying with his friends or surrounded by his amazing family of cats.
Twitter & Instagram: @thejamesramos