And once again, I stumble into another book I fall in love with. After Easy, I thought it would take me awhile to find more enjoyable books. Happily, I found a few more. Out of all of them, Geek Girl is the one that preyed on my mind enough for me to write this little review.
“Think I can turn that boy bad?” 17-year-old Jen turns her life upside down when, out of boredom, she makes a bet that she can turn school geek Trevor into someone like her. Instead, the goth girl finds herself sucked into his world of sci-fi movies, charity work, and even -ugh!- bowling. To truly belong with him -and with her new foster family- she must first come to terms with her violent past.
And here’s my review…
I love you, Geek Girl. To others, this story is predictable. Nothing more than a light, fluffy read. To me, it was more.
I loved Jen’s character. I identified with her not just because she has a dark past. Those are a dime a dozen on YA. I loved her character because it was believable.
Several times in the book, she would tell her history. Not easily, mind you. And while it was very sad, what really made me resonate with her pain were the spaces in between.
When she sat with her fellow Goth friends in her black get-up and dark makeup apart from others. When she found comfort in the smell of acrid smoke and bad company. When she was confronted by the happy spaces of others. When she was feeling disturbingly bored. When she did things to make the despair bearable. When the sight of her mother could easily undo her.
There are worse ways to live, she said. And indeed, there are.
However, while all of the aforementioned boys have some distinct flaw, Trevor appears to have none. He’s a regular smart kid who grew up well. He studies, goes to church, is devoted to his brother with Down’s Syndrome, and he loves sci fi movies. He knows himself and he’s happy with who he is.
Understandably, he is quite taken aback when Jen starts to put her moves on him. But that’s when the sweetness begins… when their story starts to be told.
There’s something undeniably sweet, thoughtful, and heartwarming in the journey they embark on. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I especially enjoyed all the interactions and dialogue in the story. Unlike another book I recently read which I will not mention by name… Cough! Anna and the French Kiss. Cough! That one, I finished just to find out how it ended. I found the conversations inane, irrelevant, and boring and skipped most of those – specially the ones about Paris.
Or maybe I just found the Geek Girl conversations more interesting, because I’m a geek. Haha! Seriously though, they all led to something crucial at the end of the story. And let’s leave it at that.
Trevor, thank you for being some kind of wonderful. Thank you for the times you held her tight to keep her from breaking. Thank you for meeting her halfway. Thank you for stepping out of your comfort zone. Thank you for all the unexpected things you did. Thank you for knowing what she needed each time.
Which unfortunately brings me to…
My peeve with the story:
So I can’t understand why Trevor did what he did towards the end of the story. I felt that it was forced, and it was a way for the author to show that Jen could survive without Trevor. And indeed, she verbalizes that towards the end.
Still, if you would go by Trevor’s personality, it really doesn’t fall in with his honest, direct, and straightforward self. I’m scratching my head here. What do you think, guys? Leave me comments please if you’ve read the book.
For my peace of mind, I rationalize that if Trevor didn’t do as he did, then he would be absolutely perfect in the book. Nary a wrong decision or wrong move in the whole of the story. And that’s just unrealistic.
And that’s my only problem with the story. Quite minor really, as I enjoyed the rest of the book.
Please don’t let my review make you think that this book is heavy and dark. It’s not. It’s a light read. You’ll see what I mean when you pick it up.
Interestingly, even after I’ve closed my Kindle on the last page of Geek Girl, my thoughts still turn to it. To Jen. To Trevor. To a dozen little things in the book. Even a couple of what ifs. Strange how this little YA book has me thinking about it even after I’ve finished it.
If you pick up this book or have read it already, tell me what you think. I’d love to hear from you.