Monday, January 26, 2009

Publishers Weekly review of GEEK CHARMING

I have to say, it was hard to leave 82 degree-Turks & Caicos weather to return to 28-degree Manhattan, but this review as a welcome home gift made it a lot easier...

Geek Charming Robin Palmer. Speak, $7.99 paper (352p) ISBN 978-0-14-241122-3

The perils of popularity are showcased in a lighthearted contemporary novel filled with snappy dialogue. The fun begins when A-lister Dylan drops her designer handbag in a mall’s fountain. Her geeky classmate Josh rescues it, and to return the favor, Dylan (reluctantly) agrees to star in his USC application film, documenting the “the inner workings of the in crowd” at Castle Heights High. Told from the alternating perspectives of the two teens, the story traces Dylan’s fall from grace as her friends recognize her back-stabbing tendencies around the same time she is dumped by her handsome boyfriend. Her trials parallel Josh’s rise in social status when Dylan gives him a makeover. Readers will likely feel more for Josh than for Dylan in the beginning (although his hypochondria does prove annoying), yet aspects of Dylan—even her shallowness—become increasingly endearing as her vulnerabilities come to light. Rather than following the predictable route of having opposites fall in love, Palmer (Cindy Ella) offers a slightly more original and plausible alternative. Ages 12–up. (Feb.

7 comments:

Rachel said...

Congratulations! I'm hoping my pre-ordered copy arrives early so I can take it to jury duty on the 4th, but if not, will devour it ASAP. Only cause I'm excited about the book am I not quite as jealous of your trip. :)

Robin Palmer said...

If I had my copies already, I'd give you one!

Lianne said...

I am sooo excited to read Geek Charming!!!! It looks like such a fun read! And congrats on the review!

Tempestt said...

Congrats on the review!
Hope to get a chance to read it! :)

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