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The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love Hardcover – June 14, 2016
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Gr 9 Up—Graham and Roxana have been best friends for eight years, ever since Roxy asked Graham what Hogwarts house he would be sorted into. They have grown together through various fandoms and into a love of comic books. So much so that they have teamed together to write their own comic. Once Graham learns that the creator of their favorite comic will make his first public appearance in 20 years at the New York Comic Con, Graham knows they have to go. He also decides this is the perfect opportunity to tell Roxy he loves her. But once Comic Con actually starts, nothing goes as planned, and Graham is left questioning his decision to confess his feelings. This is a quick and fun read. A majority of the story takes place over three days at the convention, with a cast of unique characters. There is a lot of talk about creating comics, writing fan fiction, and spending time on discussion boards. The back-and-forth between real characters and fake worlds may seem jarring to some readers, and the buildup to Graham's reveal takes too long for its quick resolution, which may leave some unsatisfied. VERDICT A good purchase for large public libraries.—Faythe Arredondo, Tulare County Library, CA
"With the exacting eye of an anthropologist and the generous heart of a true geek, Sarvenaz Tash has crafted something very special with The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love. Hilariously funny, heart-wrenchingly true and tender, this is a book of super-heroic achievement." (Scott Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of Batman, American Vampire and Wytches)
"The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love promises romantic misadventures and pop culture references but delivers so much more. Never have I fallen in love with a group of characters so quickly. Funny, fast-paced, and full of heart, this is the kind of book you'll read in one sitting, and then be a little sad that it's over." (Paula Stokes, author of The Art of Lainey and Girl Against the Universe)
"An unabashed love letter and delightful inside joke for comic enthusiasts who were fans long before Hollywood made geek culture chic. Best of all, the novel captures the joyous spirit of Comic-Con and fantasy's ability to provide its devotees with a community through which to contextualize their joys and sorrows. A lighthearted and engaging romp for anyone who loves Spidey and Mary Jane's upside-down kiss in the rain." (Kirkus Reviews)
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But god the ending was terrible. I get the author probably wanted to to avoid the cliche where the guy gets the girl but there are so many cop outs. For example another girl just shows up, asks the protagonist out and provides hope for the future, even knowing that he's hung up on somebody else. The protagonist is way too quick to heal and get over his rejection. (Note: I'm not saying he has to throw tantrums or act bitter, but his internal thoughts are way too cheery). The book's portrayal of Graham and Roxxy's (platonic) relationship as more lasting than the romances also rings very hollow, considering people grow apart from their friends all the time, especially highschoolers who have not even left for college yet.
Either have a somewhat happy ending and let the guy get the girl, or be more realistic about the aftermath of rejection, Graham's feelings and options, and the uncertainly of the future. For a book that harps on the difference between fictional love and real love, it's ironic that the love it depicts is so fantastical.
I'm just so excited for Comic Con and what better way to escalate my excitement but to read about it! I have to admit, I feel like at least I know what I'm up against when I enter the convention center now. But I really should study more 😂
Anyway, going to the book! This book is so adorable. I love the characters, the flow of story was unexpected, the ending was way more unexpected, and the whole book was just so good!
characters: diversity, check! i love that Roxy is not your typically love interest! it's just so fresh in my perspective. Really cool how there's some culture lesson even just through food. but in totality though, Roxy is pretty much badass in her own right.
Graham, is just adorable! I'm into the fact that he's just someone you find strong yet vulnerable. he is funny too! and I just cannot helo but to root for him all through out the book.
their friends too, are freakin awesome! i love Casey's i-don't-care-but-i-do-care vibe. i love that Felicia found her footing in geekdom. mad respects to Devin and Amelia. and i'll leave it at that. and special mention to OG, I'm pretty sure Graham would be a bit lost without him.
all these characters were just so well put together I just love it! and having the setting in comic con is just magical!
writing wise. so good, funny, and also emotional. they were just perfectly placed in the book. since there are tons of fandoms, I appreciate that the author took the most famous ones so that every type of reader would get it. i also love that the center of fandom is made up, because at least the types of readers can understand and fangirl together.
i'm a geek myself, so the appeal of this book to me is off the charts! and I am in love with it. as if i was in that con too! and just the fact that it made me remember my own relationships with people appeals to me more.
let's get to the plot. this is not just an adventure in comic con, this is also an adventure in life, in love, and in friendship. even if it just lasted a few days. i just love how these are the highlights in this book. comic con was just there to help them out.
i have to applaud the author. though not the focus, I love that she slipped many issues of the world today. it's interesting that teens should be aware of gun ownership, politics, equality, and the like. it's like an intro to young adults that they also need to be informed.
all on all, this book is just so lovely. the excitement of what will happen next is just outstanding for me.
The thing that I loved the most about The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love, besides the characters (more on that below), is that it isn’t a coming of age book. It isn’t a book about comic nerds. It isn’t even a true love story/romance. The Geek’s Guide is a book that is real. Things in life don’t always go as planned. You don’t always win the big game, or get into the school of your dreams. You don’t always get the girl or get something you are hoping for. Life just doesn’t work that way. You have to adapt and move on and come up with a new plan or idea. Tash captured that to perfection with Graham’s story. Nothing went the poor kid’s way. Everything that could go wrong for him did, but he just kept on going. Whether he was mad or sad or hurt or happy, he just kept on going like we all have to do.
Actually Graham was the one character that made the book for me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Roxy and co., but Graham was like a red headed Seth Cohen (and let’s face it Seth Cohen made geeky hot). He had this inner dialogue that just killed me. He was quirky and funny and charming. I liked him immediately and he truly made me giggle throughout the book. And his knowledge of pop-culture…OH MY GOD! So epic. Graham was the perfect kind of character to control this kind of story and I kind of love him (and the rest of them).
Basically this book was just what I needed to reminded me about the ups and downs of life and love and friendship. Sarvenez crafted a book that is so perfect (sorry Felicia) that I need everyone to read it and be smitten with me. To be honest I knew I would love it after Three Day Summer, but I didn’t know I would end up being as over the moon about it as I was. If Tash’s books are not on your radar you need to fix that immediately. She is one author that is doing great, great things. Now go and read her books!
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Diversity Rating: 2 – It’s a Start!
Racial-Ethnic: 4 (Roxy and her family are Iranian, Felicia is Japanese, and Casey is...Read more