The Opposite of Geek

The Opposite of Geek

Book - 2013
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A piercing novel about the unnerving process of growing up, and a girl finding her feet.

Gretchen Meyers doesn't know exactly what went wrong, but life in the eleventh grade is beginning to suck. As if having a semi-nudist, food-obsessed family wasn't awkward enough, she has lost her best friend to the fanatical school swim team, and her chemistry grade is so close to negative digits that only emergency tutoring can save it. So far, so high school. Then James/Dean rolls into her life -- also known as her zit-faced chemistry tutor James and his slightly less zit-faced cousin Dean. Kind-hearted rebels without a cause, they draw Gretchen out of classroom hell, and briefly the world seems full of possibility.

But everything changes over the course of one awful night.

Bewildered by harsh new emotions of grief and love, Gretchen realizes she must now decide who she wants to be and what it means to be loyal. Written partly in verse, as self-confessed poetry geek Gretchen finds new ways of expressing herself, The Opposite of Geek is a tale of haiku, high school, and heartache. Rich with humour, it explores all the anguished details of teenage life through the words of one girl who is finding her way.

Publisher: Toronto : Scholastic Canada, c2013.
ISBN: 9781443104845
Characteristics: 223 p.


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LivyLips Apr 19, 2015

The Opposite of Geek is a fun and unique book that has a remarkable format. This book is laid out with journal entries and poetry, making for an interesting read. It also includes a major plot twist to boot!

The writing style in The Opposite of Geek is very fascinating. It is written as a journal with various journal entries on each page. It never specifically says “Dear Diary”, or the date of the entry, but the way the character’s voice is written makes it seem very personal. I love when books are written like The Opposite of Geek because it gives the reader a deeper look into the character’s mind. This helps the story make more sense.

I found the beginning of The Opposite of Geek to be a bit slow. Nothing interesting really happens and the main character, Gretchen, seems whiny, which I, personally, don’t like to see in a book. However, near the middle, things pick up when tragedy strikes and the whole plot is turned around and Gretchen gets a new voice. The book goes from plain to all right just when the reader will want to put the book down.

The Opposite of Geek has a really nice use of poetry. Scattered throughout the book are Haikus from other poets and Gretchen herself. The poetry is very fitting in this book because Gretchen is a poetry geek and doesn’t want to “embrace her inner geek”. The poems describe her feelings perfectly in a way that is interesting to read.

The Opposite of Geek is perfect for poetry fans and those who enjoy a different style of book. It is a perfect read for poetry lovers.

mmorris1970 Nov 20, 2014

This is my first book this year for White Pine. I enjoyed it and found it to be a fast read. The narrator's response to the fight with her best friend and the tragedy later on were both very realistic. I felt that the way the author wrote the novel, quickly paced, moving from thought to thought, seemingly random at times, reminded exactly of how many teenagers think.

sindy902 Nov 07, 2014

loved it ....simply put it is an amazing book. humor love and tragedy usually not good together but works amazing well in this book

sindi902 Nov 07, 2014

i really liked this book it was everything a book should have, humor and tradgedy hint of love. i loved it. :)

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