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Book Review: Geekhood

Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind by Andy Robb - Paperback, 352 pages - Published June 4th 2012 by Stripes Publishing

Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind by Andy Robb – Paperback, 352 pages – Published June 4th 2012 by Stripes Publishing

Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind is a greatly humorous, relatable book about the struggles of a 14-year-old Geek.

Archie, a true Geek to his core, has a lot going on in his life. His parents are divorced, his step-dad is a Tosser, the only thing his friends are good at is the Game, and, to top it all off, he is struck by surprise by a Close Encounter with a Beautiful Goth.

After Sarah tries to help him battle his problems and insecurities, Archie replaces his snarky interior monologue with the voice of his psychic self, trudging alone along the path to psychic alignment. But things don’t go quite as he hopes, and he soon makes a serious mess of things. How has it all gone so wrong?!

When he no longer wants to be associated with the Geeks he once called friends, he starts to realise that maybe this isn’t what he wants after all. After so long of trying to fit in and fly under the radar, it turns out that maybe doing what you love is enough to keep you truly happy.

Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind is a hilarious book, following Archie’s combat with problems that are well-known among us teens. I love the script of the interior monologue, and I think a lot of people can appreciate Archie’s attempts to mask his true feelings and use of his interior monologue to express himself without others hearing. Definitely a good book, which I enjoyed far more than I expected! A strong 4 stars from me.

Book Review: Frozen Charlotte

Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell - Paperback Cover

Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell – Paperback, 368 pages – Published January 5th 2015 by Stripes Publishing

Frozen Charlotte by Alex Bell is an exciting, creepy book in the Red Eye series. The story begins almost immediately, and thickens unexpectedly throughout the entire book.

Sophie, who recently lost a close friend in what she suspects was more than just an accident, travels to Skye to stay with her uncle and cousins. The last time she was there, Rebecca… well, she was alive.

Desperate to uncover the truth, Sophie is faced with unbelievable tales and countless lies from her cousins. This book is perfect for plot-twist-lovers, as there are strange bends and discoveries in every chapter.

Personally, I loved how the story began immediately, rather than with some long winded introduction that isn’t really all that relevant to the plot. It really drew me in straight from the start, and I must admit that I enjoyed it more than I initially thought I would.

The writing style is somewhat simplistic in my opinion, and rather matter-of-fact. Despite this, there are still some wonderful descriptions and although sometimes I did find it a bit too simple, some people very much admire this kind of writing.

Frozen Charlotte is a wonderfully creepy book, full of endless surprises and anticipation to read on. It captures the creepy atmosphere wonderfully, and is not for those who are not admirers of death, murder, horror or perhaps even gore. Captivating from the first page, it really is a great read. However, I was not all that keen on the simplicity of the writing and so am giving it 3.5 stars out of the full 5.

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