Geek Girl by Cindy C. Bennett.

12026682318 pages
Published July 26th 2010 by Createspace
Goth-girl Jen bets her friends that she can bring Geek-boy Trevor to the dark side.  Jen begins her pursuit of the actually-quite-cute Trev (“It’s Trevor“), but the more time they spend together, the more Jen likes him. First as a friend, but then as more. Is she corrupting the Geek, or is he dragging her out of the dark?
Jen is seventeen and has been kicked around foster families for years – her own parents so far out of the picture you’d need some kind of super telescope to even see them. A while ago, she decided that she would be the one to decide when it was time to move onto a new family, and start acting out until her current family can’t handle her anymore. Now, with Trevor in the picture, and the fact that the Grants, her foster family, actually seem to care about her, Jen starts thinking that maybe it’s time she settled down?
But when Trevor finds out about the bet, will Jen be able to convince him that it wasn’t all a lie?
Jen plays to win, she just never imagined what the prize would be.
Geek Girl really impressed me. Once again, I found myself in the position of wanting to transition from new adult books back to young adult so I can hopefully tackle some of the many novels of that genre that are lying in wait. I try to pick the transition book carefully because sometimes I find the much younger main character very annoying after reading people’s voices that are my own age. Anyway. I really really really liked this book.
Jen and Trevor are just great. It’s always exciting and fresh to read a teen romance where the girl is bad and the boy is good, as opposed to the never ending list of bad boy/good girl novels out there. Their romance is also just very well done. It isn’t rushed – they start out as friends and slowly move into more. Even when they are together as boyfriend and girlfriend, it’s quite innocent. It’s refreshing to read a book without sex or swearing.
I also really love Jen because here is a girl that has had the worst childhood, but she’s finally beginning to accept that she might have a second chance. She’s finally growing up and wanting to settle down. I’ve always enjoyed reading about people who are broken being put back together again (but it has to be done the right way – even though so many contemporary new adult novels are about broken people, they aren’t as nice as this. I think it’s the innocence thing – but I’m not sure).
My fellow young adult readers, definitely give Geek Girl a try!
My Rating: 4.5/5
Goodreads rating: 4.09/5

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