Title: Geek Girl
Author: Cindy Bennett
Synopsis: (Taken from Amazon.com)”Think I could turn that boy bad?”
My two best friends–my only two friends, really–follow my gaze and laugh.
“Trevor Hoffman?” Beth scoffs. “No way, Jen.”
“I bet I could,” I say, shrugging.
“Why him?” Beth asks. “Why not any of the other nerds sitting there with him?”
“Because,” I say slowly, “he isn’t your typical run-of-the-mill geek. Trevor Hoffman is different. He would be a little more difficult to take down–more of a challenge, you know?”
Jen’s teenage life of rebelling and sneaking out is growing stale. In an effort to combat her boredom, Jen makes a bet to turn Trevor, a nice geek, into a “bad boy.” Unexpectedly, she is pulled into Trevor’s world of sci-fi movies, charity work, and even–ugh!–bowling. Jen discovers that hanging out with Trevor isn’t so bad after all.
But when Trevor finds out about the wager, all bets are off.
Jen is a supposed bad girl. You know the type — dressed in black, piercing, tattoos, and an opposition to authority. The “Goths” were the bad kids at school, immersed in the stereotypical sex, drugs, and anarchy.
Except I’ve never actually met any goth that fit this stereotypical mold quite so exact. In fact Geek Girl was made primarily of harsh and ridiculous stereotypes that make up the high school student population.
Jen is also a foster kid — surprise, surprise. You know, because all foster kids are so incredibly messed up (in this case her Dad was abusive, step-dad sexually abusive as well as physically, and her Mother in jail for murder.) So it is no wonder that Jen has turned “bad”. Although I can only imagine that being in the foster system is and/or can be emotionally draining on a young child, I couldn’t help but feel that Jen’s particular situation was tart and a bit ridiculous.
Then there are the geeks of the school. They are painted to be dressed all wrong, involved too much in school, socially awkward, and often rambling about some cult Sci-Fi series. The “King Geek” is a boy named Trevor, who Jen (much to his protests as well as my own) nicknames Trev. She often ends Trev with a drawn out and disrespectful -oooorrrr. Ugh. It drove me nuts.
Geek Girl wasn’t all bad. It did keep my interest, although the writing itself was pretty weak. It had some feel good smiley moments. Even though much of the book could benefit from a writing overhaul, complete with character development that is not so predictable, it is still an okay read. But, I would limit it to a library or friend loan.