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Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities Hardcover – October 1, 2012
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This book is about a world where everything is the same as ours except that superheroes and supervillains are a natural part of everyday life. Personally, books that do that seamless integration of worlds are often my favorite. Now, I am not into huge robots or fight scenes, because, like, I am a grown woman, but I bet that any 2nd grader up to middle grade kid who enjoys adventurous superhero tales would love this book. Jung does some very interesting things, adding in the complexities of family relationships, friendships, first crushes, etc., that really add more depth to your typical superhero story. The main character, Vincent, is your average kid trying to find his way in the confusing world of growing-up, so real-seeming that he practically jumps off the page.
And yes, there is a surprise that I won't reveal but it gives a whole new flavor to the concept of superhero, making this a fresh take on an old, favorite genre.
Awesome action, gigantic robots, a superb super hero, white-knuckle tense fight scenes, strong friendships, kids demonstrating determination, witty dialogue, AND at the end you even get...
Nahhhh, I won't spoil that!
It's a fun, thoroughly enjoyable read, suitable for advanced younger readers or any middle grade kid. The only thing to watch out for is a handful of uses of "pissed off" or some derivation of that. The phrase is used within context, wasn't bothersome and it's not overly distracting. But I'll be skipping it when I read the book with our 6y/o little girl.
I came away with the thought that Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities would be enjoyed by both girls and boys. That's a very positive thing for families. Yes, the "main" main characters are Vincent and his two best pals (3 boys). But the book's most stupendous character is a feisty, rock-star type girl who I think young ladies will love. I'm certain our 6 yr. old is going to dig Polly!
**A quick aside - if you do get this book for a young reader, try to not let them read the Amazon description. There's a bit of a spoiler in there since it gives away Captain Stupendous's secret identity. If kids don't find that out until they read the book, it becomes a much more fun reveal!**
Back to the review. There was one very specific thing I REALLY liked that stuck out to me as I read GG&SI.Read more ›
The 11 year old: "I liked it because the characters felt like real people--good books are usually like that. It was very interesting how every thing was connected--the super heroes, the people and the aliens."
The 9 year old: "I really like the illustrations because I want to be a cartoonist and the story was great because it was so funny."
The 7 year old: "I like that the author put in so much detail. My favorite character was Bobby because he was funny and cool to kids."
The 42 year old: "I loved Polly and I want to tell you why, but I don't want to give any spoilers. Let's just say she was fabulous in a variety of ways. But I also loved Vincent and his friends and of course, Bobby who's an adult who listens and respects kids. YAY! This was a fabulous and fun read with deceptive depth--so much to be found within the pages. I had a bast reading it with my boys and can't wait for Jung's next book."
But something goes wrong, and Captain Stupendous goes silent. Then when he does show up, he doesn't fight the way he normally does. Vincent and his buddies Max and George wind up being the only ones to find out the truth: their hero has been replaced by someone's who's not only inept, but who really doesn't want the job. It's up to Captain Stupendous experts Vincent, Max, and George to train the new hero and come up with strategies for defeating the new super villain in town.
Of course, I'm avoiding some intriguing spoilers having to do with Vincent's friends and family.
The best thing about this book is the awesome geekdom of Vincent and his buddies, who throw themselves into their new challenge with verve and reckless abandon. Frequent moments of humor give the book a dimensionality that would be lacking if it were just straight suspense.
Villainous activities in the book range from mild taunting by the irritatingly studly members of another fan club to the evil machinations of the super villain--who ends up being something of a geek himself, along the evil inventor line.
Jung is a talented writer whose storytelling never falters. Geeks, Girls, and Secret Identities thoroughly holds its own as a suspenseful secret identity book for middle grade readers. Excellent boy appeal!
First line: "There are four Captain Stupendous fan clubs in Copperplate City, but ours is the only one that doesn't suck."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mike Jung gives his characters dialogue that's genuinely witty, not just snarky. I laughed out loud while reading, which is rare. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A. L. Gross
Well, honestly, I haven't read it. However, it was great to hear my grandson (a self-proclaimed geek) laugh out loud while he read it.Published 13 months ago by URockBeads
This book had it all--action, adventure, awkward middle-school attraction, and a giant robot! The story is fun, funny, and at times poignant. Read morePublished on March 20, 2014 by Jeannette Tanaka
My 8 year old daughter, 11 year old son and I read this together. We all LOVED it. My daughter kept sneaking it into her room to read ahead. Read morePublished on June 11, 2013 by jandlsmom
I loved this book, and my only regret is I couldn't share it with my two sons while they were growing up, although one of them has borrowed it now, a father of two. Read morePublished on May 10, 2013 by J. Rocklin
I read this first and have to say as a grown woman I howled with laughter in certain parts. And then I had the pleasure of watching my 9 year old daughter giggle her way through... Read morePublished on March 10, 2013 by Sunny in DC
This was a thoroughly entertaining read. I loved every page. It took me back to my youth. I'm going to have my stepdaughter read it next. It was brilliantly fun!!Published on March 6, 2013 by Amazon Customer
My 10 year old son who hates to read...loves this book. He says it his "most favorite book ever". Thanks Mike Jung!Published on February 25, 2013 by Kara Wires
It was fantastic. I love superheros!!! I can't wait for the next book. Keep writing Mike Jung!!! You great dude!Published on January 18, 2013 by Ethan Alexander