Geekhood: Close Encounters of The Girl Kind


How did I get it?:
I bought it for Luna’s Picks!


If you haven’t worked it out yet, girls don’t do this. They don’t come to the Hovel. They don’t like goblins and dragons. They don’t paint miniatures. They don’t play role playing games or re-enact fictional battles. And they don’t talk to Geeks like me especially if they’re pretty. And this girl is pretty. What do you do if you’re a fourteen-year-old Geek, and a Beautiful Girl has appeared in the midst of your geeky world? And she seems to like you… For Archie, the natural reaction would be to duck and cover … run for the hills … buy a new model elf… Anything but risk stepping into the Real World. But even Geeks have to put their heads above the parapet at some point. With his mum barely able to contain her excitement that her son is about to join the human race, and his step-father, Tony the Tosser, offering crass advice, it’s time for Archie to embark on a daring Quest to win the Beautiful Girl’s heart and shake off his Geekhood for good…

I’d heard a lot about Geekhood, so it was definitely on my radar before Luna picked it as part of her choices for me to read this month. Geekhood was the book that readers of my blog decided I should read. I thought Geekhood carried a strong, positive message about finding out it is best to be yourself, no matter who you are.

Archie is the 14-year-old narrator of this story. He believes he’s a geek and he finds this a problem. He has an inner monologue (IM) which is constantly talking to him, putting him down and just generally not accepting of who Archie is. Archie comes into contact with a girl. He believes this is a massive problem because he is a geek. He builds it up into a much bigger problem then it actually is. Archie tries to change who he is using his psychic self (PS). Archie soon realises that he’s causing more trouble than its worth and that it is actually better to be yourself no matter who you are.

Although this wasn’t one of my favourite reads of the year, I think it’s a decent read and I like the positive message it portrays. The book includes lots of well written humour, which mainly comes from Archie’s inner monologue and the inevitable banter between friends. This book came across as a modern day Adrian Mole to me. I think it can be enjoyed by males and females and geeks and ‘popular’ kids alike.

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