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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Geek High by Piper Banks

Geek High by Piper Banks
Publisher: Penguin Books
Genre: Contemporary
Age Recommendation: 12+
Length: Full Length (235 pgs)
Rating: 3.5 suns
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

At this school, everyone's a geek. And Miranda Bloom still can't fit in...

Miranda is a math genius with divorced parents, an evil stepmother, and no boyfriend in sight. She can't even fit in with the other geeks at the Nottingham Independent School for high-IQ students, because they actually have useful talents. Miranda, on the other hand, is known as "The Human Calculator," which doesn't amount to much when people have, you know, their own calculators.

Then Miranda gets stuck planning the school's Snowflake Gala. And as she struggles to find a date and drum up some school spirit at Nottingham-aka "Geek High"-she finds that who you are means more than where you fit in.

Angst comes in so many forms... ability, love, relationships... and Geek High lives up to the hype!

I saw this book on the shelf and the title captured my attention. I thought, gee, this book could be about me. I wasn’t wrong. I like the general plot—she’s a super genius at math and she’s an outcast among her intelligent peers. She’s not exactly heroine material... in fact she’d rather blend into the background. I could relate to her because she doesn’t want to showcase her math ability. She’d rather be a normal teen with normal parents.

Miranda is an interesting heroine, but I have to admit, I liked her best friends Charlotte aka Charlie and Finn. I loved their interactions—no matter what, they disagree, but the romantic undercurrent is always there. Their arguments kept me in stitches during some of the parts of the book that otherwise took me out of the story.

Yes, there were some predictable parts and a few that dragged a tad, but nothing too drastic that ruined the story. I enjoyed reading and liked the contrast between Miranda and her step sister. I liked seeing how evil isn’t always in the form expected and surprises do happen to good people. But if I go into more detail, well that would give away the ending!

If you want a perky, fun read, then grab a copy of Geek High. I give it 3.5 suns.

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