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The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love

By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Sweet story of geek boy desperately trying to get the girl.

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This tale of a comic book geek's plan to profess his love to his best friend is sweet and funny. It nails teen relationships and Comic Con culture without stooping to stereotypes. Those into comics, graphic novels, superheroes, and video games likely will love this book. Author Sarvanaz Tash gets the details of this culture right. The characters are smart, funny, creative, and inquisitive, not pedantic, annoying nose-pickers as these kids are so often portrayed. The environment of Comic Con is well detailed and paints the buzzing excitement in the halls. Graham is a wonderful main character. He's a tortured, lovesick teen but not annoyingly so. He tries too hard to control the weekend in which he's to profess his love to Roxy but quickly learns that he needs to go with the flow and let things happen naturally. He also learns that facing up to adversity makes him a better writer. His character growth in the book is fun to follow. The other characters are all interesting and add a lot of flavor to the story, and the interactions among the kids adds most of the humor. Tash writes authentic teen dialogue. The story is straightforward and mostly dialogue, so it's a quick read. In fact, it almost reads like a movie script.

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