I Bet on You & I Won
Every so often a great Young Adult book lands in my hands and Geek Girl by Cindy C. Bennett is one of those said books. I read this book from cover to cover within a twenty-four hour time period, amazing right? It may only be 316 pages, but each page is deliciously satisfying and little bit heart wrenching. Geek Girl is not easy to put down. I ate my meals with one hand and kept the other on this book. This review is going to be so short, yet so sweet, because I want all of the readers to go out and get this book. It really is one of a kind!
The basic premise revolves around Jen, a 17 year old Goth girl with a tortured soul. Her story unfolds throughout each page and Bennett tastefully wrote out the haunting details in an age appropriate way. It is very tricky writing books geared towards younger readers when the topics are gritty. I have come across many books that I would not pass down to my teenaged niece, yet this one I would. Bennett, I believe, knows how to write a story about “real life” without laying on the gory details. Jen’s past is very upsetting, yet the younger (teenage) readers will sympathize and appreciate Jen for who she really is. I, as the reader, was rooting for Jen and was keeping my fingers and toes crossed for her “happily-ever-after!”
Jen, and her Goth girlfriends, make a bet that she can turn school geek, Trevor Hoffman, into a Goth like she is. Once Jen approaches Trevor, she is swept into his life of goodness and somehow finds herself liking being geeky. Trevor, with his geeky sweetness, manages to turn Jen’s “woe is me” attitude around. Turn that frown upside down, as some would say, and Jen finds herself doing just that.
Geek Girl is a MUST read! I cannot say it any other way. Please go out and purchase this book. It is really sweet, funny, and heart-breaking. Jen’s past is filled with pain and sadness, yet throughout the pages she learns to live, to trust, and to love.
Two thumbs up to Cindy C. Bennett for writing such a gem.
Until next time,
“Think I can turn that boy bad?” 17-year-old Jen turns her life upside down when, out of boredom, she makes a bet that she can turn school geek Trevor into someone like her. Instead, the goth girl finds herself sucked into his world of sci-fi movies, charity work, and even-ugh!-bowling. To truly belong with him-and with her new foster family-she must first come to terms with her violent past.