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If you haven't worked it out yet, girls don't do this. They don't come to the Hovel. They don't like goblins and dragons. They don't paint miniatures. They don't play role playing games or re-enact fictional battles. And they don't talk to Geeks like me especially if they're pretty. And this girl is pretty. What do you do if you're a fourteen-year-old Geek, and a BeautifulIf you haven't worked it out yet, girls don't do this. They don't come to the Hovel. They don't like goblins and dragons. They don't paint miniatures. They don't play role playing games or re-enact fictional battles. And they don't talk to Geeks like me especially if they're pretty. And this girl is pretty. What do you do if you're a fourteen-year-old Geek, and a Beautiful Girl has appeared in the midst of your geeky world? And she seems to like you... For Archie, the natural reaction would be to duck and cover ... run for the hills ... buy a new model elf... Anything but risk stepping into the Real World. But even Geeks have to put their heads above the parapet at some point. With his mum barely able to contain her excitement that her son is about to join the human race, and his step-father, Tony the Tosser, offering crass advice, it's time for Archie to embark on a daring Quest to win the Beautiful Girl's heart and shake off his Geekhood for good......

Title : Close Encounters of the Girl Kind
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ISBN : 9781847152312
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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Close Encounters of the Girl Kind Reviews

  • Winona
    2019-03-27 21:24

    I think these guys are kinda under-appreciating themselves, you know, in todays world there is such a thing as geek chic! Like one of the guys say in the book; whether you are an athlete, teacher, artist, whatever! We are all geeks if we are passionate about what we do. And we are Super-Geeks if we chose that interest as a career. I thought the book was a good read though and I love the part where Sarah plays Dungeons and Dragons with the guys, such a perfect scene!

  • Sarah
    2019-04-10 18:38

    Full review also posted here on TotalTeenFictionGeekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind follows Archie as he battles his way through teenage life and the many obstacles it throws in his way. His mum's boyfriend is, in his words, a "tosser" and his dad is disappointingly absent, but it's okay because he has his friends and their regular gaming meet-ups to keep him sane. Then one day a girl pops up in his life creating a whole load more awkward teenage boy problems for Archie.Okay, so you know sometimes when you start reading a book and it just seems so perfect it's as if it was written specifically for you? That's how I felt during Geekhood. All these little references just made it call out to me. I mean I was always going to have a great deal to like when it comes to a book about geeks, but I just connected with this book on so many levels!I'll start out with the humour which was just brilliant. Archie himself was such a funny character and I loved his voice throughout the story because he just absolutely jumped off the page. I have never been a teenage boy so I can't relate to him per say, but his character is exactly like the kind of teenage boys I encountered at school, and who I so rarely see portrayed in books. I think it helps that this book is so freakingly British and British humour > every other type of humour. I mean take the amount of tea Archie drinks (because making tea is what you do in every possible situation). Those observations Archie makes are the same ones I make in my own household with my own family and just being able to recognise those characters and situations made me grin like a madwoman.Onto the geekiness! Archie and his friends are huge fans of RPG games and love hanging out at The Hovel, their favourite gaming shop. I loved how the gang bonded over their games and how passionate they were about what they love. There's several moments in the book where Archie starts to question what he does and his identity and whether he should be moving on from those parts of his life as he grows up, and I loved seeing that kind of identity crisis he goes through. I think all of us geeks have looked at ourselves and wish we could be that much cooler and hidden our inner geek, but at the end of the day, this book definitely made me want to wear my geekiness with pride!The range of teenage problems covered in Geekhood was brilliantly accurate, and I loved how the author hasn't shied away from the most awkward and embarrassing teenage moments. As Archie tries to impress the new girl on the block Sarah, he starts worrying about his image and suddenly it's like the whole world revolves around her. I think we all remember those first proper crushes and the freaking out about how to act around them and what to wear. I was giggling my way through so many of the scenes where Archie's mum tries to help him out and interfere. What I loved most of all is that whilst the book covered those awkward experiences, not once did it make me cringe. Because seriously, I hate cringing, and so often I cringe my way through books and it completely distracts me from the story. So I was relieved I could just completely lose myself in Geekhood and just laugh!The friendship between Archie and his best friends Matt, Ravi and Beggsy was a real highlight. There were some ups and downs that I'm sure we can all relate to, thanks to jealousy and that one friend who starts to change and drift apart from the group, but the four of them are just so funny and obviously have a really strong friendship. I mean reading this book left me totally want to hang out with them and play games. It was interesting to see how they coped with the negative attention their geek status gets them. I also really liked Sarah, Archie's love interest. She just takes everything as she comes and seems like a genuine person who will take the time to talk to anyone. I loved that she was a bit of a misfit too.I mentioned earlier how this book felt like it was meant for me, and even the little things like having a character called Sarah made me smile. (I have this theory that authors avoid that name because it's so common, but surely the fact it's so common means there should be one in every book?! And I loved this particular Sarah!) And then it threw in references to my home city of York and I was convinced it was a sign. Me and this book were meant to be.I laughed so much throughout Geekhood and I'm certainly going to be recommending this to everyone I possibly can. If you've ever been labelled a geek or been ashamed of your passion then it's the perfect way to let you embrace that side of you. It was a brilliant portrayal of those awkward years of growing up and figuring out who you are and discovering those new feelings that come with the hormones. I think everyone will be able to relate to Archie and really empathise with him. Plus it will make you laugh. A lot. Go grab it now!Find more books like this at TotalTeenFiction!

  • Johanna
    2019-04-05 21:26

    What a lovely read, I really loved Archie, the central character and ultimate geek, along with his geek friends. A lovely YA book about the trials of being a teenager and a geeky one at that. I'll definitely pick up the next in the series as it'll be nice to spend time with Archie and his friends again!

  • Joanne
    2019-04-12 19:25

    Review originally posted on Once Upon a Bookcase.I think I'm a geek and didn't know it. I may not collect action figures, read superhero comics, or obsess over various sci-fi movies/tv programmes, but there are a few signs. I love The Big Bang Theory, I love Doctor Who, I love Torchwood. I could quite happily watch movies such as Lord of the Rings, Star Wars (all six of them!) and Star Trek (the latest, I'm afraid). And I can also watch Star Trek: Next Generation. And there's my huge love for fantasy novels. I believe there's a smidgen of the geek in me somewhere. So when I heard about Geekhood, it immediately appealed! And it's brilliant! Whether it was Archie's social ineptitude around anyone other than his fellow geeks, his enthusiasm for the RPG game Dungeons and Dragons, or how his sarcastic Internal Monologue comments on everything that happens, if you're not laughing, you're at least smiling most of the way through the book. Geekhood is hilarious, Archie's voice and the way he sees things had me cracking up a fair few times. Although generally a funny book, it's also a really endearing and at times sensitive novel, with the lovely moments between Archie and his mum, and how he reacts to news from his Dad. I found I related to Archie and some of the situations he found himself in at times, and got so emotionally involved, that when things weren't going as well as he would have liked, it clouded my mood for a few hours even once I put the book down - even though everything is sprinkled with humour, I felt really bad for Archie, and got so annoyed at people and how they treated him, and was quite angry for a while. Archie could be a little daft though, and he did annoy me sometimes with the things he did to impress Sarah, the girl he's chasing. I just wanted to shake him and shout "What are you doing?!" The geeky parts of the book I found really fascinating - mainly because I'd never really got what an RPG game was, and I actually found myself thinking they could be pretty fun (I know, I worried about myself too). I found it odd that there wasn't a lot of movie and TV discussions between the geeky boys. I think I've spent too much time watching The Big Bang Theory, so I was expecting arguments over which sci-fi character was better than the other. There was no mention of comics or action figures. What I thought was the definition of "geek" was turned on it's head. Seems there are many ways of being a geek! I did love when Archie likened certain situations he was in to parts of movies, mostly Lord of the Rings - having watched the movies and enjoyed them, I knew what he was talking about, and it just added to the humour. If there were any negatives, I wasn't the biggest fan of Sarah's pasttime. I won't spoil it for you, but as nice as she was, she grated on me with all her talk and how she kind of pushed things onto Archie. I was also a little crestfallen with the end! I got it completely wrong! And what I wanted to happen, didn't quite happen! Though it was generally a pretty good ending, and has left it open for the sequel -which I'm really looking forward to reading! Overall, a really good read, and I highly recommend it!

  • Sammee (I Want to Read That)
    2019-04-19 22:19

    Geekhood is one of those books that you can't help but fall in love with. And I have to agree with the quote of the front cover - the book makes being a geek feel pretty cool to me too!I loved Archie's voice from the first page and he just grows on you more and more. I adored his IM (Interior Monologue) and EM (Exterior Monologue) and then his PS (Psychic Self) was particularly hilarious (if misguided!). I really liked his friends too, and of course, Sarah's lovely. And surprisingly, I really enjoyed hearing all about the role playing games and fictional battles!One of the things that really stood out for me was the focus on Archie's family life. I found it interesting to hear about his parents divorce from his point of view - after it had happened and when both parents have new 'others' in their lives. I laughed every time he referred to his mum's boyfriend as the 'tosser' but by the end of the book realised there was some affection there. It also shows how 'messy' things can be - how the grown ups don't always act like the grown ups, and how the divorce doesn't just affect those around it while it is happening but continues to do so - this was something I hadn't really appreciated before reading this.I'm really excited to hear Archie will be having a new geekhood adventure next year! I'm definitely looking forward to catching up with him.

  • Kirsty
    2019-04-04 17:25

    I really enjoyed reading Geekhood. I thought it was a brilliantly funny insight into the mind of a 14 geeky wargaming teenage boy. I used to work in a shop like the Hovel so have seen the the boys (and men) that hang out in these places first hand and the description of them and their reaction to girls is spot on. Never in my life have before and since that job have I had to deal with stuttering and bizarrely weird boys dribbling over little chunks of metal that cost a small fortune and going off on one about a chunky rule book which they know intimately and this book perfectly encapsulated those boys and their conversations perfectly. One thing I loved about this book was the way in which you get a real insight into Archie's mind through his inner dialogue which runs throughout the book. While he is a geek and proud the boy actually makes being a geek look quite cool. I liked seeing the way in which his mind works and the different relationships he builds with the people around him. I loved the scenes with Archie and his gaming friends and their reactions to the presence of a girl in their midst when Sarah comes along. Seeing that first encounter with a girl was again completely spot on and really insightful. All in all a fab read which I really enjoyed.

  • Tim Roast
    2019-04-10 15:19

    Geekhood is essentially about finding out that it is best to be yourself, even if you are a geek in which case embrace your inner-geek.Archie is the 14-year-old hero of the story. He terms himself a geek, and he has issues. His inner monologue is constantly talking to him, mainly to belittle him. Later he comes into contact with a girl, and for a geek he builds this up into something big, even trying to change himself for her by honing his psychic self. And through this and the impact it seems to be having on him and his life he realises, perhaps, that it is better just to be yourself.The book contains humour, mainly through the teasing of Archie's inner monologue and the banter from his close band of geeky friends. I wouldn't say Archie comes across as a geek in the traditional glasses and inability to communicate sense though, but then you can define geek as whatever you want probably (there is a good opinion put forward in the book on this).I enjoyed the book and it made me chuckle in places. It would probably suit young men from 13-years up.

  • Luna
    2019-04-23 21:35

    I seriously love this book. It is awesome! I haven’t had this much fun reading in ages. I was laughing so much in parts that my sides physically hurt – Archie’s IM is one of the best things ever. Archie is fourteen, a Level 5 Mage who’s just moved to a new house with his mum and Tony the Tosser aka his sort-of-stepdad. He has three friends, a not-really-there father who communicates in textspeak on FB and to add to all of this a girl walks into The Hovel – a beautiful girl – and his whole world shifts. I knew I was going to like this book two paragraphs in. I knew I loved it on page 11 when Archie’s IM started talking. I can’t find a fault in this story (and I have been trying not to gush too much, don’t think that’s working though) Archie’s narration is just so entertaining. You will not be bored. You will laugh and you will cheer!

  • Bev
    2019-04-02 19:13

    Archie, the boy that this book is about, is awkward, has mood swings, is sometimes silly & finds talking about his feeling difficult - so a typical male teenager really! This book caused me to embarressingly snort with laughter on buses , then surprised me with a really tender scene between Archie & his dad. Would be enjoyed by boys of 13+ , no doubt they would empathise with Archie secretly whilst publicly taking the mick. When working in a school library, I encountered many boys just like Archie and I still think of them with real affection.

  • Hollybooks
    2019-04-12 20:24

    This novel was a fun read, and made being a geek sound good to me! It's not left on a cliffhanger as such, but ended abruptly, making you want to read the second one. I loved the main character Archie but the only downside was, I couldn't quite imagine what's his friend group looked like, because their looks weren't described. Overall I enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the next one!

  • Liesl
    2019-03-30 17:28

    I'm going to start this review with a caveat. If you enjoy The Big Bang Theory or that particular brand of geek humour, you'll probably enjoy this book. However, that's the exact reason it really didn't work for me.From the rpg-clueless Sarah entering the gaming store to be met with deathly silence as the entire male population there looked aghast at a *girl* being in there shop, I had some reservations. But Archie was a fun main character and I liked the style of the writing (not to mention the frequent D&D and pop culture references) so I perservered. Frequent references to the um...effect of Sarah's presence on the guy's body parts: not required, but I could deal. Then we hit the point where Archie chucked away all his nerdy stuff and kept going on about how being a geek stopped him from having meaningful relations. I nearly chucked the book across the room when Sarah's rejection of him was blamed on the "friendzone". When I read a book about being a geek, I don't exactly want a large section of the novel to lecture me about how it'll stop me coping with life and how when a girl takes an interest in nerdy stuff, that makes her a target for being expected to get in a relationship with one of the guys.That being said, I liked the cast of characters and the whole story of Archie coming to terms with his parents' breakup was really well handled.

  • Liz
    2019-04-12 15:31

    This is the sort of book that transports you back to your teens and reminds you of the struggles. I loved Archie and his friends. The story is filled with heart warming funny moments, cringe worthy incidents and some angst but the thing that had me hooked in the most was the delightful Archie himself. I'm looking forward to reading the next one.

  • Ken
    2019-03-26 16:32

    Geekhood is such a fun read. The author really captures what it's like being a 14 year old boy who suddenly starts finding an interest in girls.The book is also littered with tons of fun geeky references!

  • Anya (An Awful Lot of Reading)
    2019-04-17 21:33

    I knew I had to love this, and even though it was quite boy-ish, I really did! It told of Archie, fourteen year old boy who likes to play role playing board games. (You know, the Games Workshop? Oh God, I can't believe I knew that!) Archie was quite sweet but what I liked was how Robb described him as a normal boy who just happened to be a bit geeky. I liked the balance between normal life and his fantasy of role play. And even though I've never been that sort of geek, I completely understood Archie's need for escapism. The main point of this book is that a girl turns up. Despite being fourteen year old boys, Archie and his group of friends don't really have much contact with the female kind, and it shows! It was hilarious and endearing the way Archie wanted to show off for Sarah, introduce her to the world of miniature witches and goblins. Speaking of witches, I really liked Sarah. She was basically a Wiccan, with a New-Age mother and Goth wardrobe, incense and aura's, how could I not love her? She was very sweet and patient with Archie, and I especially liked how she genuinely wanted to help him be a better person when all he wanted was to cop a feel! As for his friends, they were all typical teenagers. I loved them all, how annoyingly boyish they were, how completely useless with girls and emotions, how they all stuck together against bullies. Their banter was really funny and it gave me real insight into the minds of teen boys! But the real banter came from Archie's internal monologue and his growing psychic self. As weird as it was, I'm fairly certain that most of us talk to ourselves and I loved the emphasis Robb put on Archie's IM being his voice of doubt and his strength to overcome it.But the more important aspect of this book was the development for Archie. As he wanted to impress Sarah, he also realised that being a geek was just the coward's way out of life and had to change that. I'm not sure I agreed with how he went about changing, but it got the desired effect and Archie finally grew up and started living his life the way he wanted. In the end, it wasn't about being a Geek but just being true to yourself. And even if Archie didn't get the happy ending he wanted, I liked how it came back full circle and he realised it was just who he was that mattered.

  • Debbie at Snuggling on the Sofa
    2019-04-21 19:17

    Also published on my blog hereSomething that always makes me like or remember a book more is when the author is nice. I was lucky enough to catch Andy at a book signing about a month or so ago. Although I hadn’t read the book at the time, we spent ages chatting about the book and he didn’t hate me for not having read it! Although I was a bit nervous in case I didn’t like it, I had actually bought the book before reading any reviews about it. I know it was shortlisted for the Waterstones Childrens Book Award last year, but I’m not one to generally follow award lists so this certainly wasn’t a deciding factor. Thus for me to have bought it, the blurb and cover must have really convinced me that I was going to enjoy the book.Luckily, I wasn’t disappointed. Told from a 14-year-old boy’s point of view, Geekhood gives a real insight into the mind of a teenage boy. And not just any adolescent; a geek. Oh the struggles of a geek! Bullied by the cool kids, embarassing parents, geeky hobbies and first conversations with girls- Geekhood has it all.When I met Andy we talked a bit about the cover and I commented how much I loved the artwork and typography, and how it stands out. And I am SO pleased that the cover matches the book entirely. Quirky and funny, this book had me in giggles the whole way through. There are parts where I was just shouting at Archie in frustration, but I cannot complain, because boys can really be that stupid. I also loved the addition of the role playing world into the book. A world not often (if ever) highlighted in novels, it was interesting to learn more about figure painting and game playing. The only disappointment I had is that I read this book on holiday and didn’t take the second with me. Don’t make my mistake; have the second one ready, because no doubt you will want to devour that upon finishing this one. I am proud to own this book and declare myself as a fellow geek. I know that Geekhood will be a book I will reread over and over again, and is definitely one of my go-to books for a laugh. I cannot wait to delve into the second one, and will do so the first chance I get! 4.5 sofas.

  • Becky
    2019-04-18 21:10

    I noticed this a while ago in the library, the title and cover attracted my attention and the blurb on the back sounded funny too, but I had too much to read so I never picked it up. I'm got to the London Film and Comic Con (LFCC) in July and this year they are having a massive author event (cue my geeky excitement) and Andy Robb is on the guest list. So when I was sitting at lunch today, between books I decided to pick this up.I will admit I don't know anything about Role Playing Fantasy Adventures like Dungeons and Dragons and I was worried that would affect my enjoyment of this story but it didn't. Archie explains enough of his world and hobbies to give you an insight but not too much so it overwhelms you. And I found myself really enjoying his explanations and introductions into the Game. Archie is 14 and a Geek through and through, he hangs out with 3 other boys and they spend their time at 'The Hovel' a Gaming shop where you can take part in battles, tournaments and buy new figures and extras for your games. It's a world, a place for them to escape from reality. But then Sarah walks into the shop - an actual girl! Never before has Archie and his friends been this close to a girl, and when she talks to him it's like he's left the planet. Hereon starts his journey into a whole different world, but also back into reality.Archie is really sweet and I couldn't help but like him, he's sarcastic and enthusiastic and a total nerdy Geek, so sweet. This book ends up being so much more than Games and girls, you learn all about Archie and his other issues too - parents divorce, new relationships, friendship, first crushes, bullies and inner demons. We've all questioned who we are and what the point of our choices are, and this book handles them perfectly with a pinch of salt and a dash of laughter. I read this book in one sitting and found myself giggling along, it's a cute heartfelt story and I am so glad I picked it up. I have now ordered book 2 to read. I want to know what mischief Archie gets into next, and whether Sarah will play a part in that. So psyched to meet Andy Robb at LFCC now, he's an awesome author with a real wit.

  • Kat
    2019-04-11 14:13

    Haha, this was pretty gosh darn funny. It took a little while to get into, mainly because I don't know any 14 year old boys, so I was uncertain as to whether the narrator was particularly accurate. I kept forgetting he was a 14 year old boy. But what do I know, maybe there are insightful, astute, intelligent 14 years old's out there. I think the problem I have is that not only do I not know any right now, but as far as I can recall, I never met any either. No-one springs to mind from my school days, though that was a rather long time ago...and I didn't really talk to boys much ¬_¬ To be fair to Archie (the main character/narrator of this tale) he does spend most of his time alternating between putting his foot in it and generally making things worse, yet he does this armed with plenty of wit and charm, which helps remind us that he is but a hapless youth on the cusp of manhood.The author does an excellent job of creating a character you feel you know. He also has a flair for banter of a highly amusing nature. Archie's observations ring with an alarming amount of truths, and as a huge fan of Lord of the Rings and possessed of geeky tendencies myself, I thoroughly enjoyed the use of all the nerdish references. I really cannot stress enough the quality of the writing. It often had me chortling to myself, which didn't make me look like a nutter at all (sarcasm). Other than the over use of the word Tosser, I can find no fault with it whatsoever.What the author also does very well is use humour to deal with tougher subjects, divorce, being an outsider, but he doesn't do it in a way that's patronising. He manages to make the feelings and emotions accessible. In a way, he's saying that all the things young adults feel when they grow up are normal, that they don't have to be ashamed of them. And that's the kind of thing young people need to hear, especially when it is delivered with such In a time when Geek is the new cool, and smart is the new sexy, Geekhood is a welcome sign that we are entering a new era.

  • Eleanor Luhar
    2019-04-08 18:34

    Read my original review on my blog: https://bookmarkedreading.wordpress.c...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.

  • Rhys
    2019-03-29 14:33

    Clarification: 3.5 stars.Review originally posted on ThirstforFiction.comAlas- how girls beguile geeks. Their attractiveness is a promise of the unatainable- at least, that’s what Archie thinks. Stuck in a rut playing Dungeons and Dragons with his three mates, he wants to explore the subtler pleasures of life: womenkind…There are two ways in which to play a bildungsroman these days: either, it is touching, profound and conveys several of life’s truths, or it parodies teen life and becomes a comedy (the only person I have read who has managed both is John Green). Both are sucessful in their own right: but it’s very hard to strike a chord in between, and Geekhood doesn’t manage it either.Andy Robb chooses to briefly follow the life of fourteen year old Archie, professional geek and social outcast. Archie is the perfect age- he’s both a little naive and yet incredibly sexually frustrated to the point that it’s rather amusing to watch- and yet, he doesn’t quite feel like an authentic fourteen year old male. It’s almost as if Robb is reminiscing his entire teenagehood- from thirteen to nineteen- and then reincarnating himself into Archie, to mixed effect. The problem lies within the fact that a thirteen year old boy is very different from a nineteen year old man- in fact, very little is the same- and as such, there are a lot of contrasting and conflicting thoughts and feelings that don’t quite add up to produce Archie. finish reading review...

  • Sarah
    2019-03-28 20:18

    Before I start this review I thought that I should mention that I am a Geek and I am proud to be one.I had seen a lot of talk about this book on twitter and when I saw a copy at my local bookshop, I knew I just had to buy it.I loved this book so much, from the very first page. I reminded me of how much of a geek I was in high school. I felt like I could relate to Archie so much that it really made the story come alive for me.Andy has done a wonderful job of creating a character that can be relatable to so many people not just geeks. I loved all the references throughout the book they really added a lot to the story. My particular favourites was all the Lord of the Rings references, I mean you could not have a novel about such a geeky character without mentioning Lord of the Rings at least a couple of times.The loved how Andy used humour to describe some of the subjects dealt with in the book, which could have been classed as touchy subjects. These included divorce, being a geek in high school and of course accepting mum’s new boyfriend. Andy dealt with all these situations well through the amazing style of writing used throughout. Dealing with all these situations within the book have made it more relatable to a wider audience this book is not just for geeks.This book has reignited my love for being a geek.This is an excellent read that I recommend to everyone and I surely hope that this book receives all the recognition it deserves.

  • Amy
    2019-04-04 19:39

    This book started off really well; I could relate to the characters and the everyday 'geek' life of Archie. However, towards the middle of the book it started to go a bit weird with the stuff about the Physic Self voice in his head. I thought that it was a bit too weird. I defiantly think that I could relate to Archie's IM (Interior Monologue). I think that Archie's journey of self discovery was over the top. Also during his period of self discovery I started to grow apart from Archie as a character as I felt he was being quite asshole in the way he was treating his friends; I felt that he was quite shallow during the this part of the story. To me it seems that he was being a selfish idiot and he only started his 'journey of self discovery' to impress Sarah, which in my opinion was overly desperate and quite bitchy just to leave his friends because a book a girl gave him is telling him to do so. All in all I thought Andy Robb's portrayal of a Geeky Teen was right on but if he were to re-write this book I would say change the story line and completely erase the physic self aspect. I don't mind if he still takes Archie on a journey of self discovery but I felt the route he took in the book was too brash.

  • Matilda
    2019-03-29 16:34

    Archie is a 14-year-old geek with a strong inner-monologue and a heart of gold. The reader get's to follow him over a short period of time and see the world the way he sees it.I have never been a 14-year-old boy who's a geek, but I've been a 14-year-old nerdy girl. With this being said, I can with honesty say that this book feels honest and true, atleast to me. Everyone's teenage years are different, of course (well, everyone's everything is different), but this is one believable example of what they can be like.There were a lot of things that I loved about this book. I loved Archie's voice and the way the book was written (great use of words and structured scentences, which this review does not portray). As with pretty much all books, there were also a few parts that I wasn't too keen on, but most of them worked out fine in the end.Give this book a go if you think it sounds interesting, and if you feel like you want to read something well-written. I kind of fell in love with Archie, and maybe you will too.

  • Joshua
    2019-04-25 20:29

    I committed a book crime for myself by reading the second book in this series first. But Andy Robb did not disappoint.Archie is a 14 year old geek who one day bumps into Sarah, a beautiful goth. He instantly falls in love with her, but tries to tell himself that geeks do things girls just don't. His Mum has other ideas, and the school bully Jason Humphries tries to shove him over. But this book teaches you that geeks do not back down.The story-lines for Geekhood: Close Encounters Of The Girlkind and My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece are completely different, but they share one thing: honesty. I commented that MSLOTM has an honesty about the stereotype against Muslims and this book has an honesty around teenage years and the battles that teens face. Fans of Don't Call Me Ishmael will almost definitely enjoy this title from one of my storytelling legends now, Andy Robb.There is very little else I can say. A great read.

  • Renae
    2019-03-30 15:39

    The book was well written and easy to follow. Weird being in a teenage boys head, but him being a geek made it easier to cope with. While I was really liking the start, the middle seemed really odd while I was reading it. Once it got closer to the end it started to get back ob the original track, and I was able to ? ...believe doesnt seem right, but its the closest word I can think to describe.Archie is a 14yr old geek who has just moved into a new place with his mum and step-dad, cause being a geek isnt hard enough. One day he meets a girl, but this isnt a fairytale where he suddenly know what to do and say. He stubbles though alot of it, and she prob only stays because she wants to. Having a girl in his life seems to be the start of a new Archie, but he struggles with which way to go. Though Im ok with how it turns out, its very believable

  • Nasim Asl
    2019-03-27 19:28

    I noticed this book a while ago in a Waterstones - ever since, it has been a book I regularly considered buying, yet never got round to. However, when presented with the option of this book in an exchange, I took it - I am rather glad I never bought it myself. Although the story line was alright, I found that the writing style was rather simplistic, and the abundant references to geek culture, seemed somewhat forced and cliché; the references read as though the author was attempting to impress his audience with them, although this was probably not the case. This book is probably one used to get young boys into reading by providing them with an easy way in, rather than for established and mature readers. I feel it belongs more in the 8-12 section of bookstores (with the omittance of the utterly unnecessary references to masturbation) than in the teenage section.

  • Charli
    2019-04-10 14:19

    While I have given this book three stars, I'd say in reality it would be more like 3 and a half. This book made me buy it as soon as I saw the back with the words 'level 5 mage' due to a personal connection to an online game and it made me giggle. Now, being a girl, I clearly wasn't going to quite get the internal struggle of a 14 year old geek boy, but I could empathise more than most. It's taken me around six months to finish the book, as I started it when I bought it in March, but got a little bored and put it down until I rediscovered I owned it at the start of September. I loved the story, and the ending but the reason I only gave it three stars is because it kind of deflated towards the end. While a brilliant tale of teenage friendship and love, the lack of anything actually happening made it a little blah in the end.

  • Andrew Carlson
    2019-04-14 15:35

    This was a great book. It pulled me into the plot and kept me entertained throughout. I wanted to keep reading it and couldn't put it down. That, for me, is the sign of a great book.I liked the premise (being a bit of a geek myself) and could relate to the story. The inner monologue (or was it actually inner dialogue?) was honest and believable.There were a few text spacing issues in the Kindle version I read, which was a little distracting, but not enough to spoil the story.Although the ending wasn't what I hoping for, it was appropriate. It fit right in with the overall theme of Robb's story--the story of a geek. If you root for the underdog, this will be a good read! Jump in and give it a go!

  • Sophie
    2019-03-30 20:27

    I really loved this book! It was funny but it also had it's moments where you're like 'Aw no Archie, -sobs.' because I can relate to a few of his problems. I loved a lot of the nerdy references in this book, being a nerd myself.Only faults I can really find to be honest, is the way they spend ages on irrelevant parts. Like he'd go on full swing, explaining how he'd paint his miniatures. Also the ending wasn't the best I've ever read, I mean if there is gonna' be a sequel, then the ending does seem appropriate. But even so, it's not even a cliffhanger ending. I was kind of disappointed in that. Overall, however, it's a good book and I definitely recommend you read it. (Definitely read it if you're a nerd.)

  • Kristi
    2019-04-05 20:10

    Geekhood is one of the few books that made me laugh out loud several times. Reading this book was like watching the Big Bang Theory- The Teenage Years. Archie and his friends are complete geeks hiding from the world through their RPG personas. Toward the end I got a bit bored with the whole Sara/psychic thing, but it panned out nicely and Archie laughs about it. This book is so great-- I love boy MC's. I applaud Andy Robb on his book and I really hope that this will get more pre-teen boys reading! (I'm passing it on to my nephews...)

  • Sarah Tallon
    2019-04-06 18:31

    Loved it. It's written for adolescents but I found it laugh out loud funny. I don't know whether this will be given to/picked up by geeky kids who are looking for someone in the same situation, or if a normal kid will read it and realise that geeks aren't all that different after all. It's not just silly geeky references though. It deals with a young man getting to grips with his parents having had a divorce and how adults don't have all the answers. Oh, and bullying. And Girls. And self confidence. And finding who you are. Good quick read.