Book Hunters in Brief #33: Awkward Protagonists

Book Hunters in Brief GraphicFor all of you who geek out on the geeks of The Big Bang Theory, the Book Hunters have some reading suggestions that feature some awe-inspiringly awkward protagonists, we think you’ll love.

The Rosie Project by Graeme C. Simsion
Why? Geeky genetics professor Don Tillman sets out to find a wife in this charming romantic comedy.

Blue Boy by Rakesh Satyal
Why? 12 year-old Kiran is a bit of an outcast—he likes ballet and playing with his mother’s makeup. He also reveres his Indian heritage and is convinced he is the 10th reincarnation of Krishnaji and plans to come out to the world at the 1992 Martin Van Buren Elementary School talent show.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple
Why? When 8th grader Bee’s social recluse of a mother goes missin, she sets off on a trip that will take her to the ends of the earth to find her.

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick
Why? When Pat Peoples is released from a mental hospital, he moves in with his parents. When he meets Tiffany, a depressed widow, he agrees to perform at a dance competition with her. the book is told from his distorted yet endearing perspective.

One Plus One by Jojo Moyes
Why? Jess’ life sucks. Her husband disappeared, her stepson is being bullied and her daughter, the math whiz, has a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, if only they had the money to take advantage of it. Then, along comes geeky tech millionaire, Ed, who might just be a knight in shining armor.

None of these seem like quite the right fit for you? You like your heroes and heroines stirring, not shaken? Well, visit Book Hunters and we’ll whip up a batch of reading suggestions just for you.