Author: Andy Robb
Published by: Stripes Publishing
Publication date: 1st June 2012
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary
Source: Review copy from the author.
You can't help but love Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind. It is very realistic and full of witty humour! I was a bit overexcited when the author offered this to me for review, but it wasn't for nothing because this book is - for lack of a better word - awesome.
In terms of hobbies, Archie isn't your stereotypical fourteen-year-old boy. He is a full-time geek! The only social life he has is with his fellow geeks Matt, Ravi and Beggsey, and even then it isn't exactly social. They can be found playing Dungeons and Dragons, painting miniatures or dreaming of way-out-of-their-league Kirsty Ford. Until Archie meets Sarah, and boom - he is in love. The question is, will he change himself for her, or will he stay true to his geeky self forever?
In terms of teenage boy thoughts and feelings, I'd say Archie is definitely your stereotypical fourteen-year-old boy. Not that I'd know, because I'm not a boy (duh), but I'm guessing!
Then there are the sub-plots. For example: Archie doesn't get on with his step-dad Tony at all. In fact, he regularly refers to his step-dad as a Tosser™ which was quite amusing. Tony was an interesting character - sometimes I really disliked him, and other times I felt sorry for him because it was obvious that he just didn't know how to act around kids at all.
Not many people know this but I'm a big fan of the TV show The Big Bang Theory. This book reminded me a lot of the show - which is a good thing! It was like 'The Big Bang Theory: Younger Years' (actually that's not a bad idea...E4, MAKE THAT SHOW HAPPEN!) Ehem, anyway. There was a lot of dry humour and sarcasm present in this book which I loved because I don't see that in many books these days.
I found it interesting to read a book by a male perspective as most books I read tend to be from a female perspective. I was cracking up at every page whilst reading Geekhood: Close Encounters with the Girl Kind! I've seen a review that says the book isn't funny at all, so I have to point out that you must have a sense of humour to read this book. If you don't have a sense of humour, you should probably go back to reading your school textbooks or something, if that's what you find fun.
This book fits in really well with the current Geek trend so I think this book and its sequel will be devoured by teenagers all over the world! It was nice to read about a genuine geek and I agree with the quote on the cover, it certainly does make geekery sound pretty cool! I also love the cover, it's very eye catching, bright and fun.
In the long run, this is a book that will have you in stitches. The characters are believable and likeable, and every situation felt real. It captures the agony of being a teenager perfectly, whilst still being a fabulously funny read. Personally, I found no flaws in this book. If you're after a fun time, read this!
|My signed copy. :)|