Tuesday, November 12

Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind

Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind
Andy Robb

My rating: ★★★★

ISBN: 9781847152312
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
Date of publication: June 4, 2012
Age: Grades 7 - 11
Genre: Realistic Fiction

Themes: Teen boys, dating, relationships, British Lit

Fourteen-year-old Archie is a self-proclaimed geek. He prefers to paint miniatures, hang out at the Hovel, and play Dungeons and Dragons with his friends. And he’s okay with it. But girls don’t talk to him…until Beautiful Girl comes along. Suddenly, Archie discovers that he is willing to go out of his comfort zone to try and win her over, including attacking the school bully, ditching D & D with his friends, and discovering his “Psychic Self,” based on her recommendation. But will she return his love? And what about his friends?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I laughed out loud during most of the book (maybe because I could relate to it more than I care to admit). It is told in first person, with Archie’s Interior Monologue (IM) providing intermittent humorous thoughts and confessions. Its examination into family, friend, and intimate relationships is realistic and relatable. The ending is perfect, too, but I won’t give it away.

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