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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 550L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Juvenile (May 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399247602
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399247606
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.9 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,477,346 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 9 Up—KJ is a girl with problems. All of the boys she likes—those who are cool and suave—don't seem to know she exists, but the geeky guys—theater types, intellectuals, nonhotties—are attracted to her. Since she is nice to them, they hang around and won't leave her alone. When she lands the coveted position as stage manager for the school production of Grease, popular girls befriend her, and, in turn, popular boys. With guidance from a new "friend," she alienates her old acquaintances and best friend in trade for a cute guy. KJ's other problems—an alcoholic father and an unstable home situation—enter into the story, adding a bit of depth to KJ's character and allowing for the final friendship showdown. Written in a chatty, chick-lit style, complete with realistic teen-speak, the book will appeal to older readers. Though there's not much sense of place (other than high school), and the secondary characters are thin, the play's the thing, and this story will appeal to readers who enjoy a funny romance and friendship novel, and will be nice filler for collections that can never have enough "pink" books.—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
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Junior KJ Miller is psyched to be the stage manager for her high school’s production of Grease. But issues offstage are taking center stage, including her father’s alcoholism. KJ also wonders why she attracts geeks like All Hands Glen, who brings unwanted attention to her large breasts, and dependable neighbor Fred, but remains invisible to cute jock Cameron. Being befriended by popular Tama brings her closer to Cameron, but pivotal events show her that Tama and Cameron aren’t what they seem, and she is forced to examine her feelings about who and what matters most. KJ is a lively, appealing protagonist, whose intimate narrative, told in five acts, incorporates humor, pop culture, some non-gratuitous swearing, and drama-club details, along with quintessential teen struggles with body image, popularity, and standing up for oneself. An enjoyable, touching read about self-discovery with a hopeful ending that avoids too-neat resolutions. Grades 9-12. --Shelle Rosenfeld

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A girl loved by geeks.
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I highly recommend this book not only for teens but also for anyone.
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The characters and settings are very well thought-out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. nye on December 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I love these kind of cute romance novels. However, most of them are extremely corny, and make me cringe. I'm just thankful that this one didnt! I am very excited about reading more books that Kieran Scott wrote, she is honestly a great author. I just can't believe how much i ended up liking the book! Looking at the title/cover/introduction, you probably don't expect much sophistication from this novel. However, a lot of true life stories are incorporated into this novel. It really suprised me how effortlessly Kieran Scott described complicated situations that some people go through in life. And you know how some teen books (especially teen romance books) are just SO corny? this one wasn't!

All in all, i give it 5 stars. trust me, you WILL end up liking it. I felt that i struck gold when i discovered this author, and cannot wait to read more books by her!
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Format: Paperback
I had not heard a lot concerning this book, probably because it's a few years old, but I saw it on sale online, so I picked it up on a whim. The story sounded cute enough and I thought the cover was adorable so I purchased it. All things considered, I am glad I had a chance to read this book.

The story centers around KJ, a high school junior who was just given the job of stage manager for her school's musical production of Grease. I think a lot of people can relate to KJ, I certainly can. There are a lot of teen books out there about "mean girls" and 'frenemies" and whatnot; but KJ is entirely unique in this market - she is a nice girl. In fact, she is too nice. She cannot be mean to anyone and therefore attracts the unwanted attention of the school geeks. I love the idea of this, because this really happens. I was one of those girls in high school, not to the extent of KJ, but I could not make someone feel bad either.

Anyways, on with the story. The problem arises when Resident popular girl, who happens to be playing Sandy, takes KJ under her wing. Tama tries to set her up with KJ's longtime crush Cameron, but Tama declares that the geeks have to go. She tries to teach KJ how to repel the geeks and how to be mean. Now of course, drama ensues and KJ begins to question who she is becoming. People begin to get angry with the new KJ, but a select few stand by her side.

One of which is her new friend, Robbie. You see, the two of them developed a friendship because KJ agreed to help Robbie get Tama interested in him. However, their bond soon grows and KJ really begins to trust and rely on Robbie.
The geeks are also brilliantly and hilariously written. There are three main geeks that kind of stalk KJ throughout the book - Andy, Glenn and Fred.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By BookBuff9293 on April 18, 2009
Format: Kindle Edition
WARNING: My review has minor spoilers

This book is, as the title and cover suggest, a fun read, and it involves teen issues like dating without being your stereotypical YA novel. But, though I enjoyed it, I was left uninspired and was a little disappointed along the way.

First off, there wasn't a great sense of place in the novel--setting was not detailed and left too much to the imagination, if you ask me. I know dropping a state or city name in the book somewhere isn't necessary, but the actual look and feel of places weren't well-developed. Maybe this critique seems minor because we aren't consciously aware of the setting, but that's how setting should be. So, when descriptors are sparse or absent altogether, it's nearly glaring. Without a good sense of place, I'm not as engaged.

Secondly, characterization seemed a little off. KJ isn't your average teen, and she takes school seriously. Because of this, I expected her to be a little wiser when it came to her long-time crush, the popular Cameron Richardson. Considering what she felt for him was just a crush after all--it was infatuation, not love, and was, ironically, based on looks--I don't see how KJ could have been reasonably blind from Cameron's obvious flaws. She comes off as a law-abiding citizen, and her father is an alcoholic, yet she isn't turned-off by Cameron's underage drinking? And she was offended when Robbie called Cameron shallow, yet KJ repeatedly mentions how good-looking Cameron is and his looks are the only reason she likes him in the first place? And, even though she isn't your average teen, throughout the book she thinks Robbie will never want to socialize with her again, or is laughing at her behind her back, because she has an alcoholic father.
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Format: Hardcover
A girl loved by geeks. How can you not love a character that is loved by people who secretly drive her insane?

KJ Miller is a nice girl. She's nice to everyone. She doesn't have a mean bone in her body.

Until she meets Tama Gold. And becomes friends with her. The popular girl. The girl who teaches her how to "stand up" for herself. Or, basically, more or less, teaches her how to be mean!

KJ finally gets the chance to go out with her wildly popular crush and realizes something. But what exactly?

Is Tama really her friend?

And is her crush really her crush?

GEEK MAGNET is definitely the 2008 summer must-read! I adored KJ right from the first page. There are serious issues in this book, but they are portrayed in the most fabulous way. Funny! A book everyone should read this summer!

Reviewed by: Taylor Rector
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