The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love

The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love

Book - 2016
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Graham Posner is trying to get his best friend, Roxana, to fall in love with him by planning the perfect weekend for her at Comic-Con.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster BFYR, 2016.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781481456531
Branch Call Number: FIC Tash
Characteristics: 252 pages ; 22 cm.

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goddessbeth
Jan 19, 2019

I love this new genre of contemporary YA that centers around genuine geek culture. And not every attempt at this makes the mark- but this one does. Every character in this novel felt real, like someone I know (and may have watched Firefly with, gone to SDCC with, or LARPed with). And although there's plenty of geek references, it never feels forced or gratuitous. The Althena comic book story-within-a-story is a fun concept, and panels referenced throughout the story are spot-on with things I've experienced at a comic convention.

The romance itself is a well-done bittersweet tale: Graham focuses more on Big Gesture than immediacy (I have a brother who is like that- took him ages to propose to his now-wife because he bought the whole "it has to be a grand gesture to prove you really care" thing), and you get the sense he may never profess his feelings to Roxy. It's paced like a John Hughes movie- humor, quirky friends, dramatic and also realistic blockers that keep the hero from confessing love for the heroine...but the best thing about this story is that it ISN'T all about the romance. The dramatic moment isn't a confession of love, it's the fallout. The learning and growing happens with each character- some learn to take risks, others learn to be more brave, others learn that life isn't like geek fiction and that's ok. Truly, by the end of the novel I wanted to hug each of these characters.

I loved this even more than I expected I would, and I can't wait to read more from the author- she's definitely got a handle on teens, complications, humor, and lyrical flow.

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Starpoem
Sep 04, 2017

This was an enjoyable, light read. It celebrates being a geek and avoids stereotypes. With all the 1980's references that it contains, the book will appeal to adults as much as it does to teens.

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amistein
Jul 15, 2016

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PimaLib_JessicaP Jul 15, 2016

When you realize you've been in love with your BFF of eight years, what do you do? Well, if you're Graham, Nerd All-Rounder, you plan the perfect experience at NYCC and declare your love! Except...things might not go as planned.

Want a quick, whip-smart read that hits all the right geeky buttons and has a lotta heart? Try this one on for size.

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green_penguin_1147
Jul 26, 2017

green_penguin_1147 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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