Seems there are many ways of being a geek! I found it interesting to read a book by a male perspective as most books I read tend to be from a female perspective. Me and this book were meant to be. What did you use for the gloss? 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 it's just so refreshing to find such true to life characters instead of all these glamourised ones we're supposed to aspire to. It took a little while to get into, mainly because I don't know any 14 year old boys, so I was uncertain as to whether the narrator was particularly accurate. I will admit I don't know anything about Role Playing Fantasy Adventures like Dungeons and Dragons and I was worried that would affect my enjoyment of this story but it didn't. Other than the over use of the word Tosser, I can find no fault with it whatsoever.
I'm really excited to hear Archie will be having a new geekhood adventure next year! Sleep well in your new room? Review originally posted on Alas- how girls beguile geeks. It was like 'The Big Bang Theory: Younger Years' actually that's not a bad idea. This novel was a fun read, and made being a geek sound good to me! I applaud Andy Robb on his book and I really hope that this will get more pre-teen boys reading! It was the only way I knew of offering some form of support at the time. I kept forgetting he was a 14 year old boy. LoveReading View on Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind.
Not enough books make me laugh out loud and this one certainly did! And then Archie ends up picking up on that exact word and I was kind of jumping up and down and laughing at the same time because it was such a freaking accurate reaction. The range of teenage problems covered in Geekhood was brilliantly accurate, and I loved how the author hasn't shied away from the most awkward and embarrassing teenage moments. And she seems to like you. So when I was sitting at lunch today, between books I decided to pick this up. But also surprisingly adult as he helps his father get past that. What can possibly go wrong? Other Titles: Close encounters of the girl kind Abstract: Fourteen-year-old Archie is a Geek to his core. Overall, a really good read, and I highly recommend it! If you enjoy The Big Bang Theory or that particular brand of geek humour, you'll probably enjoy this book.
I used to work in a shop like the Hovel so have seen the the boys and men that hang out in these places first hand and the description of them and their reaction to girls is spot on. Archie has grown up; well a little bit anyway. I haven't read the second book yet, so no spoilers please! I think I've spent too much time watching The Big Bang Theory, so I was expecting arguments over which sci-fi character was better than the other. It's Adrian Mole after a wander in the big bad world and coming home a little wiser and in need of a cup of tea. Tony stands, looking out of the window, a cup of tea for me notably absent from his hands. Overall, an amusing and enjoyable read that both the male and female of the species will relate to equally well. Sarah acts as a catalyst for change.
What about all the unpacking? After admitting his feelings to Sarah and getting turned down, Archie is feeling particularly awkward and is even avoiding her. It was also so freaking funny seeing Facebook come into play like with Archie's dad using text speak my mum does it too and it drives me mad! How has it all gone so wrong?! One of the things that really stood out for me was the focus on Archie's family life. Anything but risk stepping into the Real World. 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. 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. After so long of trying to fit in and fly under the radar, it turns out that maybe doing what you love is enough to keep you truly happy.
Archie is the 14-year-old hero of the story. They don't come to the Hovel. He manages to make the feelings and emotions accessible. The reader get's to follow him over a short period of time and see the world the way he sees it. His friends have forgiven him but wants him to apologise to Sarah so they can get on with their lives.
If you haven't worked it out yet, girls don't do this. Archie is really sweet and I couldn't help but like him, he's sarcastic and enthusiastic and a total nerdy Geek, so sweet. That's how I felt during Geekhood. I won't spoil it for you, but as nice as she was, she grated on me with all her talk and how she kind of pushed things onto Archie. I hope there are more in this series one day.
I loved Archie's voice from the first page and he just grows on you more and more. A great follow up to the first book but still fresh and fun. And this girl is pretty. I thought that it was a bit too weird. With no rule book to navigate Life's Big Challenges - warring parents, a crass step-father, orc-like school bullies and crap hair - he's teetering on the brink.