The Queen Geek Social Club by Laura Preble

It’s chic to be geek!

If you’re somebody like Shelby Chappelle, a smart, witty, pretty geek army of one, you can’t just put a poster up at school and advertise for somebody to be your best friend. But now freakishly tall Becca Gallagher has moved to town, with her dragon tattoo and wild ideas. Suddenly Shelby’s madscientist father and their robot, Euphoria, seem normal. They become best friends instantly. But Becca wants to shake things up at school and look for “others of our kind”…and decides to form the Queen Geek Social Club.

The thing is, this guy Fletcher Berkowitz keeps nosing around, asking lots of questions about the Club. He’s cute, and interesting, and possibly likes Shelby. Therefore, she must torture him. One good thing about being a loner: no one can break your heart.

I wanted to love this book. I liked the concept, but thought the execution lacked depth. Shelby is supposedly geeky but dates the school’s jocks, which doesn’t really fit. Becca is also a geek, but it turns out that she’s spectacularly rich and is friends with a movie star. Umm…not so much. I also thought Shelby was a whiner, which I don’t have much patience for.

I did like Euphoria, who reminded me of the Jetson’s Rosie. I could have liked Shelby’s dad if he was anything more than a two-dimensional absent-minded scientist. There are much better YA problem novels than this one out there. Gimme A Call, Vegan Virgin Valentine, The Cupcake Queen, and How to Steal a Dog are several I’ve read recently that I liked much better.

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