Backward Compatible by Sarah Daltry and Pete Clark

Posted January 1, 2015 by Inge in Reviews / 18 Comments

Backward Compatible by Sarah Daltry and Pete ClarkBackward Compatible by Pete Clark, Sarah Daltry
on December 10th 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 293

WARNING: There is no sex in this book. Your Kindle or other device will remain at a pleasant room temperature. At no point will your panties drop. Your significant other will be allowed to snore in peace as you read. Not too long ago, in a town that, depending on your current location, is either not super far or actually quite close... It is a time of chaotic hormones. Two nerdy gents home for winter break have discovered a female gamer at a midnight release. During the break, the gamer trio manages to reveal the game's secret boss, a hidden enemy with enough power to destroy anything in its path. Pursued by other gamers who want to be the first to beat this boss, George and Katie race to level up, and, in so doing, restore decency and sexual activity to their personal galaxy...

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Geeks of the world, hold on to your Nintendos. For I am about to introduce you to one of the nerdiest books I’ve ever read: Backward Compatible. Like the blurb says, you will find no sex in here. But don’t let that for a minute deceive you into thinking you’re going to get a squeaky clean read. This book is filled with hormonal teenagers who cuss like sailors.

It’s also the love story between two geeks, and some other geeks who try to find love as well. First of all, there’s Katie, our female protagonist. She’s our gamer girl who meets George at a midnight sale for her favourite game ever. But then she realises she kind of likes George as well. Only she hasn’t had a boyfriend in forever, and dating isn’t exactly her strong suit.

She can’t really count on George to take the initiative, either.

Meet George.

I get the door. Katie’s standing there, wearing stuff; it looks cute. I don’t know what the stuff is called, but it seems to work.

He’s smooth as fuck.

“I feel like twenty and pregnant is a loss, not something to brag about. I don’t want to make you pregnant, although I wouldn’t mind practicing the effort on you.” I pause. “Shit. Even Lanyon can do better than that.”

“You want to get me pregnant?” she asks.

“No, I want to do all the getting pregnant stuff, but with no kid.” She’s either not getting it or screwing with me. “Sex. As the foreigners say, I want to make the sex with you. Will you make the sex with me?”

But not as smooth as his best friend, Lanyon, who’s also desperately trying to find a woman to make the sex with.

“I want to try out a new pickup line on you guys before I say it to her.”

“Fine.” My skin is raging with heat. “What is it?”

“Here it is.” He clears his throat. “You have 243 bones in your body. Want another one?”

“No, Lanyon,” Katie says. “Do not use that.”

“What if I just tell her she has a nice Asimov?”

Only he might need a little help.

He has chosen a tasteful t-shirt with which to meet his blind date. Its message is simple and eloquent. It reads: “If you don’t like video games, then your mother is a whore.”

Honestly though, Lanyon is quite possibly the best character in the book. Not only because he’s absolutely horrible and crass and the last person you’d ever want to date, but because he’s so confident in his awesomeness.

I cannot remember the last time I laughed so much at a book. Maybe during Shit My Dad Says, that was hilarious as well. But this? Wow. This is without a doubt one of the funniest books ever. The best part was, obviously, Lanyon, but there’s also the creative outlet of cuss words: “fuckaroni and cheese”, “Smaug’s dick sweat”, “balls on a jellyfish”, you get the idea. It was beautiful and poetic and I hope that my brain cell remembers these beauties so I can start using them in my daily life as well.

I once got this as an Amazon freebie and it’s been sitting on my computer for a while. I’m so glad I finally picked it up. When it comes to freebies, this is without a doubt the best kind. It’s crude, it’s nerdy, it’s ridiculous, and it’s perfect in every single way. No words will ever convey just how much I loved this book, but I tried, and I hope this review makes you want to give it a go as well.

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18 responses to “Backward Compatible by Sarah Daltry and Pete Clark

    • It’s so nerdy. I didn’t understand all the references, but when I did, I felt pretty nerdy. So ridiculous, but so good! It’s one of the funniest books I’ve ever read.

  1. Lola R

    This sounds like a fun book, I like the idea of a nerd romance and that cover looks like it came straight out of a video game. George sounds kinda awkward in those excerpts, which is something I usually like in books. Might check this one out!

    • It was the best. George is the epitome of awkward, while Lanyon is very confident in his awesomeness, yet he’s kind of hilariously horrible. But it was really sweet and funny!

  2. haha, that pick up line! hilarious!

    I haven’t heard of this book, but between the cover and the quotes and your review I think I need to add this to my wishlist now! I could always use a book that will make me laugh, and I’m a lover of nerdiness. Seems like perfection!

    • It is! There’s not a lot going on, but it’s just really good to spend a couple days with these guys. They’re absolutely hilarious.

  3. Melanie Z

    omfg bahaahahahhahahaa this book sounds absolutely hilarious! I’m definitely putting this on my tbr.

    Fantastic review, Inge <33

    • You should definitely do a re-read! I’ve been trying to get my friends on GR to read it but so far no luck! It was such a pleasant surprise and so, so funny. Lanyon is brilliant!

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