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The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School Hardcover – May 3, 2011
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An excellent overview of the complex social environment of high school, told in an accessible and often humorous and touching manner...Very highly recommended. --Library Journal Starred Review
Offers real hope to adolescents... The author has a gift for writing fact like fiction...and the students and their stories are thoroughly engaging... These stories are not just entertaining but important.
A fascinating read, and an important one for parents. I highly recommend this book.
Required reading for anyone who has ever felt left out...or misunderstood. Schools everywhere would do well to incorporate it into their curriculum.. Robbins' ode to the cafeteria fringe will have you laughing, cheering, shocked.
Top Customer Reviews
I am an educator of 26 years and a high school assistant principal. The information I have gotten from this book has certainly helped me to look at my student population in a totally, new light. Not only does Robbins examine the labels that students assign themselves and others and the harm it causes but "The Geeks" also looks at the way that the faculty that educates them treat students and each other. I had never thought of the way that faculty groups mirror the groups of students.
Also, it was an eye opener to think that the influence of the media has caused "mean girls" to be mean, as a way of protecting themselves. We often misunderstand and think that they mistreat other kids because they enjoy it. The fact is that many of these young ladies don't enjoy it at all but the influence of shows such as "Gossip Girl" and "90210," make it "cool" to be mistreat others. It is hard to believe that many students who are viewed as being a part of the "Popular Crowd" are truly miserable but lack the courage to leave for fear of rejection.
Thanks again to Alexandra Robbins for a fantastic read!!!
Raising two kids recently out of high school, it surprised me to see how many parents were involved with orchestrating their children's popularity - making sure they drove the right car, plastic surgery if necessary, buying alcohol and holding parties at their houses. I knew it would be painful for my kids, but I am glad they both chose the paths they did - to be true to themselves.
I especially liked the character of the Loner but also Blue. To do as well as he has without parental support, sometimes no support at all, reminds me of a gay friend of mine who grew up in a turbulent household, no support, but always marched to his own drumbeat, and is now the CEO of a major company.
This book validates many things we've observed but didn't know why they were occurring.
The organization of the book is a bit haphazard, with Robbins going willy-nilly from one character to the next, taking time outs here and there for pop psychology and looks at "studies" new and old. The purpose of this "science" is to show group dynamics and human behavior -- the how and the why to cruelty in school cafeterias and hallways. The arrangement can be discombobulating at times, but the story lines carry the day.
I especially like how Robbins included one teacher's story here to show how cliques and nasty games do NOT always disappear with age. In fact, there are "popular" teachers, too, who would much rather hang out with other popular teachers and ignore the nerdier ones. You'd think these behaviors would look transparently pitiful at the advanced ages of these teachers, but Robbins shows that you'd have to think again. Some people never learn, alas, though, in this book, a lot of the kids do. It is, in that sense and in the final analysis, a hopeful book. You'll find yourself cheering for these guys and girls, who should but probably do not take comfort in the fact that they have odds-on advantages to become successful in life after school -- and for the exact same reasons they were teased and ostracized in school. God loves irony, after all, making the Biblical title especially apt....
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I received this towards the beginning of the estimated time. Have not finished yet, but what I did read even though I'm assuming unintentional I found hilarious. Read morePublished 27 days ago by chasebur
The beginning of this book initially began kind of slow in my opinion. Once you've read through about half, the book really picks up. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Overall I enjoyed this book, Robbins was able to present the stories of several individual and unrelated high school students in a well organized and engaging way. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Pro-Refinisher
I began this book expecting this to be a hilarious retelling of the lives of a handful of high school students. This was not the case. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Robbins follows seven teenagers throughout a school year, challenging them halfway through to step outside their comfort zones. Read more
It was an interesting character study. I liked that they all had one thing in common, a sense of wanting acceptance, but some of the characters seemed cliche. Read morePublished 6 months ago by MicheleBrown
This book should be mandatory reading for all high school students and parents. It takes an insightful look at the labels high schoolers assign to themselves and others. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pollywolly70
The author gets very much inside the heads and lives of a set of interesting teenagers, some of the "geeks" in her estimation. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Middle-aged Professor
I was an outsider growing up so I got this to find others. This had some vivid character descriptions so I felt for the people as I read this. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jim