Friday, 14 October 2011

Geek Girl by Cindy C. Bennett

Jen’s life of rebelling and sneaking out is growing stale. In an effort to combat her boredom, Jen makes a bet to turn Trevor, a nice little geek, into a “bad boy.” She’s immediately pulled into Trevor’s world of sci-fi movies, charity work, and even—ugh!—bowling. Unexpectedly, Jen discovers that hanging out with Trevor isn’t so bad after all. But when Trevor finds out about the wager, all bets are off.

One little thing that ticked me with this book was how everyone non-goth reacted to Jen's goth look. Surely she doesn't live in so small a town that no-one has ever seen a goth before? In fact, I know this isn't true since she seems to have a large group of similar friends. So why is that she regularly points to herself or looks at her outfit when someone mentions taking her to a "normal" place? It's a small thing but it made me think the author either grew up in one of those little towns as a goth, or she doesn't know any goths.

Besides that, the story was fun and I liked Jen and Trevor's budding relationship. I didn't like Jen's friends and couldn't understand why she would be friends with them, besides the fact that she seems to be someone pretending to be a goth just for attention (just the way I read it, might not be what the author was going for).

Don't read this as me saying I didn't like the book, 'cos I did. It was just the goth reaction that I didn't like, maybe since I was slightly goth-y myself at school, who knows. But it was the only part about the book that bothered me. I'd recommend it to people.

Book Depository: Geek Girl
Amazon UK: Geek Girl

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