Geek Girl

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Jen's life of partying and sneaking out has grown stale. So on a whim, Jen makes a bet to turn Trevor, a goody-two-shoes geek, into a "bad boy." As she hangs out with Trevor, however, she finds it's actually kinda fun being a geek. But when Trevor finds out about the bet, Jen must fight for the things she's discovered matter most: friendship, family, and, above all, love.

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Overview

Jen's life of partying and sneaking out has grown stale. So on a whim, Jen makes a bet to turn Trevor, a goody-two-shoes geek, into a "bad boy." As she hangs out with Trevor, however, she finds it's actually kinda fun being a geek. But when Trevor finds out about the bet, Jen must fight for the things she's discovered matter most: friendship, family, and, above all, love.

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Editorial Reviews

Amazon.com - B Williams
I usually like to read paranormal romance, and this one seemed like it might be straight romance. It was a love story and it was wonderful, it had me giddy and excited. I found it interesting compared to my paranormal romance...the love developed over time as it would in real life and not at lightning speed as it would in other books.That was a nice change.But this book wasn't just straight romance, it was about love and learning how to love, to be loved, how to get through heartbreak.
B Williams
I usually like to read paranormal romance, and this one seemed like it might be straight romance. It was a love story and it was wonderful, it had me giddy and excited. I found it interesting compared to my paranormal romance...the love developed over time as it would in real life and not at lightning speed as it would in other books.That was a nice change.But this book wasn't just straight romance, it was about love and learning how to love, to be loved, how to get through heartbreak.
Amazon.com - Books4 Betty
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. Geek Girl is a MUST read! Two thumbs up to Cindy C. Bennett for writing such a gem.
Books4 Betty
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. Geek Girl is a MUST read! Two thumbs up to Cindy C. Bennett for writing such a gem.
Amazon.com - Catie Vargas
I for one think that this is one of the best YA books of the year. Geek Girl keep me turning the pages, and when I was not reading Geek Girl I was thinking about it. The writer really draws you into this book. This is a beautiful story about falling in love for the first time, learning to be loved by someone else and learning to live through heartbreak, learning to trust other people and just learning about self discovery. Great debut novel but a very talented writer. Please do read this book.
Catie Vargas
I for one think that this is one of the best YA books of the year. Geek Girl keep me turning the pages, and when I was not reading Geek Girl I was thinking about it. The writer really draws you into this book. This is a beautiful story about falling in love for the first time, learning to be loved by someone else and learning to live through heartbreak, learning to trust other people and just learning about self discovery. Great debut novel but a very talented writer. Please do read this book.
Amazon.com - Debra Chapoton
Geek Girl, by Cindy C Bennett, pulls us into the life of Jen, a snarly, confused Goth girl with plenty of attitude. I was quickly brought into the story by the easy narrative and dialogue which seemed spot on and I found myself smiling and nodding at the realistic situations and uncomplicated humor. Jen's feelings, her confusion, her rebellion and her transformation are all expertly handled by the author. If I gave this book fewer than 5 stars it would not reflect the excellence of Geek Girl.
Debra Chapoton
Geek Girl, by Cindy C Bennett, pulls us into the life of Jen, a snarly, confused Goth girl with plenty of attitude. I was quickly brought into the story by the easy narrative and dialogue which seemed spot on and I found myself smiling and nodding at the realistic situations and uncomplicated humor. Jen's feelings, her confusion, her rebellion and her transformation are all expertly handled by the author. If I gave this book fewer than 5 stars it would not reflect the excellence of Geek Girl.
Amazon.com - Vera .
...Jen, really sucked me into her world. Jen's experiences and views living with a foster family is as out-of-place as Willis's historian, Kivrin, in medieval Europe-this really appealed to me. I loved Jen's metamorphosis from emo/freak girl to `Geek Girl'. Cindy Bennett does a terrific job from start to finish and has me cheering for Jen and Trev from the very beginning. Beautiful dose of humor, romance, symbolism, and sci-fi movie `geekiness'. Great read, highly recommend for all ages.
Vera .
...Jen, really sucked me into her world. Jen's experiences and views living with a foster family is as out-of-place as Willis's historian, Kivrin, in medieval Europe-this really appealed to me. I loved Jen's metamorphosis from emo/freak girl to `Geek Girl'. Cindy Bennett does a terrific job from start to finish and has me cheering for Jen and Trev from the very beginning. Beautiful dose of humor, romance, symbolism, and sci-fi movie `geekiness'. Great read, highly recommend for all ages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781599559254
  • Publisher: Cedar Fort, Incorporated/CFI Distribution
  • Publication date: 12/28/2011
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 382,296
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Cindy C Bennett was born and raised in beautiful Salt Lake City, growing up in the shadows of the majestic Rocky Mountains. She lives with her husband, two daughters, and two dogs. She also has two sons. She volunteers her time working with teen girls between the ages of 12-18, all of whom she finds to be beautiful, fascinating creatures. When she’s not writing, reading or answering emails she can often times be found riding her Harley through the beautiful canyons near her home.
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  • Posted December 1, 2011

    So Much Fun!!

    Cindy Bennett took a story that has been told before and totally made it her own. Even though I've seen the movies with similar plots, and knew the ending before it happened this was still a really great read. The whole time I was reading I kept thinking "I know how this is going to end" but I didn't want it to end because the getting to the ending was so much fun.

    At first I thought I was going to hate Jen. I mean what kind of person makes a bet that ultimately will end up hurting someone? Soon you realize that maybe Jen just needed someone good in her life to make her realize that she wasn't as "bad" as she thought she was. She has not had the easiest life and she is basically living her life in survival mode. When she manages to spend some time with Trevor she starts to lose the shell and you realize that Jen is a good person at heart. Trevor is my favorite character in this book. I loved reading about a guy that didn't start out as this gorgeous, perfect boy that all the girls wanted, but turns out as this confident, amazing guy that any girl would be lucky to have. Reading about both Jen and Trevor was a great reminder that people aren't always what they seem.

    For such a fun book it really touches on some dark issues and handles them in such a way that you understand how grave the situation is but, you see that Jen is able to survive them. Sometimes just learning how to survive can keep you alive long enough to live again.

    I don't usually compare books to other books but, if you have been a fan of Stephanie Perkins' books: Anna and the French Kiss or Lola and the Boy Next Door then I think you will love this book as well. Something about Geek Girl has a very similar feel. It's the kind of book that won't change your life but it will make you happy and give you the warm fuzzies while you read it. I laughed, I cried, and I can definitely see reading this book again. I highly recommend Geek Girl!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2011

    Fabulous Book!

    Jen has had a rough life. Now in foster care, she's learned that she can't trust anyone. She has a new foster family, but she knows it won't last long. Jen bets her friends that she can turn a good-boy bad. Picking the geek Trevor, Jen makes her moves and everything is going according to plan. Well, almost. Jen discovers that hanging out with Trevor can actually be fun. More than that, she's learning that there really are some good people in this world. Jen's perspective on life is changing, but is that changing who she really is? Jen must discover what she wants out of life and decide if that life is a little more geek than she thought it would be.

    This book immediately jumps into the story and draws you in. I think the author showed particular skill with the character of Jen. Jen could have easily seemed either sad and whiny or just like a try-hard rebel, both of which would have made her seem fairly unsympathetic. Instead, she was very easy to like. While she had self-doubt, she never wallowed in it. Now, maybe I'm a little biased because I married my own geek, but Trevor was definitely a dreamboat. He was smart and super sweet, but he also avoided being too much of a pushover. He was just confident in who he was.

    This book was adorable, but it also conveyed some great messages. I loved that Jen was able to discover who she truly was and get a sense of what she wanted from life separate from her boy issues. Even though I longed for a happy ending, I knew that Jen would be okay regardless. She was able to build a support system and gain those feeling of love and family that she had been lacking. She also was able to have that sense of hope; that no matter how hard her life had been up to that point, she could overcome and make a good life for herself. She even learned to dream a bit.

    I absolutely loved this book. It was a very fast and fun read. I didn't want to put it down. It's smart, witty, charming, and very enjoyable. I highly recommend this book. If you are looking for a sweet romance that fills you with joy, this is definitely the book for you.

    Book provided for review.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 23, 2011

    Highly Recommend--Romance with Honesty and Heart

    When I read the summary for Geek Girl, I expected a fun light hearted teen romance that is reminiscent of "She's All That" or "Can't Buy Me Love". As much as I love these movies and light-hearted romance, Geek Girl is a poignant Romance about a Girl fighting for control of her own heart. Jen is a gothic foster kid who has been in the system since she was 13 and been bounced around so much she has learned to act out and not make friends. As a "bad" girl, Jen bets her friends Ella and Beth that she can turn Trevor, a straight laced 'A' student, into a "Bad" Boy. Jen thinks it would be funny and laughs at Trevor's politeness and morals.

    What starts as a bet, turns into a journey of finding her own place to belong and who she really is. As Jen begins her plan, Trevor is accepting and includes Jen in with his friends who don't seem to mind her goth. Although, out of place the group gets to know Jen. Jen begins to enjoys the Geek movies and study dates. But even as her attraction grows for Trevor, she still feels like she isn't good enough for him and that even if she really wanted to date him she would have to bring him down to her level. She always feels like she isn't good enough for Trevor. Trevor is not only good, kind, and accepting but perceptive of Jen's secrets and knows exactly what she needs even when Jen doesn't know herself. It is so refreshing to have such an honest look at life and not have characters be stupid in their reactions to heavy subject material. Geek Girl beautiful blends honesty with romance and the result is story that will make you laugh and cry.

    This opposites attract romance is also a road to self discovery and acceptance for Jen whose secrets have tainted her view on human behavior. Trevor and her foster family manage to teach Jen that sometimes people do things and don't expect things in return. Jen learns about real love and acceptance.

    Anyone who loves YA romance and coming of age stories will love Geek Girl. Jen's story is inspiring and Trevor will have you wanting to find yourself a Geek of your own.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2013

    Love!!

    Amazing!! Loved the book, couldnt put it down ;)



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  • Posted September 16, 2012

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    This is the second time I have read this book and it was just as

    This is the second time I have read this book and it was just as enjoyable as the first. Cindy C. Bennett makes you question the main character, Jen, and her choice in friends constantly.

    Let me introduce you to Jen. She has been a foster kid since she was twelve, dresses in black, wears chains, and is one of the most insecure girls you will ever encounter. Her two best friends, Beth and Ella, are the only girls she has ever really gotten to know at her school. Upon Jen's decision to "flip" a boy, her friends tell her they will pay for her to get her lip repierced if she succeeds in pulling him to the dark side. But what Jen doesn't know is the effect the boy, Trevor, will have on her.

    Throughout the book we are in Jen's head while she constantly tries to remind herself that she can't like him or really be with him. We don't really know Jen's story in the beginning, but as the book progresses and new, unbelievable options are thrust upon her do we really get to know her.

    I was taken by the plot both times I read this book. At first I thought, "I wonder if she can really change him? Yes, cruel but can she do it?" Then I thought, "What if this backfires? Then what will she do?" I found myself laughing and crying throughout the book while I kept thinking, "OMG Jen, you are such a moron!"

    Overall, this is a wonderful read for people of all ages. It is a great coming of age novel that will keep the reader guessing the whole way through. I highly recommend this book!

    Review Originally Posted At Doodle's Book Blog

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2012

    Im buying this book.

    Im planning on breaking into my own nook because my stepmom put a lock on it even thouh this is set up to .y oen debit card account. Now lets see... how do you crack into your account... if trrvor were a real live person hed probably get along extremely wel with my last school years history teacher. My teacher even said that he will be the first to admit that he is a complete geek. And ill believe him. I mean hehas a book on thr history of salt. No not the tv series but th litle white crystals you put on hrd boiled eggs. P.s. how long is this book approx.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2012

    Love

    I love this book, i can relate to it and it made me wanna root for trevor and jen from the start. The author made this book real, just like a teenage life, and the love for them developed over time, which i think is more realistic then other teen romance novels. I am defintaely reading this book again. I recommend it to anybody.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Girls/school

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2012

    This was an amazing read. Funny, heart-felt, and cheesy, this is

    This was an amazing read. Funny, heart-felt, and cheesy, this is the perfect book to read if you're looking for some of that good old romantic quality that stays with you for a long time. It is more of a light read, but even so, the plot is one to be taken seriously. Jen is a likable character once she starts to speak in her own voice instead of covering up her true feelings, and Treavor is so adorable and awkward in the begining that it just compels you to smile. Anyway, awesome book, highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    :)

    This is a great book that I think anyone would love to read! It's sweet, cute, angry, happy, funny, sad/depressing, romantic and so much more! This is a great book that I can see some teens relating to; and even if they can't relate, it's still a GREAT book! I love this book(: I think everyone should, at the most, give it a try. =] Cindy C. Bennett is a great author!

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  • Posted April 6, 2012

    wonderfull book enjoyed it very much

    wonderfull book enjoyed it very much

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Great!

    I originally didn't i would like the book, but after reading, i can say i absolutely loved it! In some parts it was predictable, but it had some great twists. I also love the author's humor and plot. Five plus stars!

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  • Posted February 25, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    I loved this book, I did however not love it as much as I did Heart on a Chain. However, this book is amazing. I could really fell in love this Jen and Trevor. Also I loved how Mrs. Bennett had the passion of the two main characters, but it had no sex. Mrs. Bennett also writes about tough issues like foster care and being different. This is why I love her style of writing. Why I only gave it 4 stars was because it sort of dragged when Jen and Trevor were not together.

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  • Posted December 24, 2011

    Astoundingly good!

    My Thoughts:

    It all starts with the bet. Jennifer trying to turn Trevor bad. For a piercing.

    I found myself relating to Jen since she was such a rebel. The difference is that she shows her rebellion in the way she presents herself to the world--the whole goth look. The extent of her bad nature (a partying and piercing wanting side), not so much like me. But personality wise--yes. Trevor was definitely a crush-worthy guy in my opinion. I¿m often attracted to geeky guys (or guys with a lot of geeky type qualities, not just guys who ¿like Star Wars¿, because, let¿s face it, 95% of guys like Star Wars). His sweetness is the cherry on the ice cream sundae of his crush-worthiness.

    Even though Jen¿s intentions were to turn HIM into someone more like her, he gradually causes changes in her instead. She fights it a little bit, taking him to a parties and dressing even darker, but caves in again. The gradual changes in Jen are definitely ones to root for. You struggle alongside her trying to make the decision. Wanting both worlds but knowing that sometimes you can¿t have it all¿ sometimes you don¿t want it all either.

    Jen is a foster child, and she is in a constant state of uncertainty. It¿s extremely common for foster children to be bounced from house to house, and unfortunately they don¿t always get put in the best homes. Often they get placed in houses that are not homes, ones that only want state money to put a roof over your head. She expects every stay to end abruptly (sometimes even causes it to end herself) so she never settles in. Her past haunts her and she doesn¿t open up easily, especially about her real parents. But with her Foster parents, the Clarks, and with Trevor, everything¿s different.

    Yet it¿s hard to let go, and even harder to admit what got them where they are without worrying about hurting him. She wants to tell him about the bet, but before she can get the courage to tell him, he finds out from someone else. His reaction is exactly what she feared the most. Can she show him how she really feels? Will he let her explain herself? Can he forgive her?

    Want to know the answers? Read the book and find out for yourself! I¿m not telling. ;)

    Cindy C. Bennett has done it again. I did love Heart On A Chain a lot, but this one I found myself connecting with Jen more than Kate (from HOAC). And geeks are hot. Not that that should play a huge factor in reading the book. It¿s just worth mentioning. I loved the geek talk, the emotions, the development of Jen and Trevor¿s relationship, it was all great. You must get your hands on a copy ASAP. I can¿t wait to see what else is in store from Cindy.


    My Rating:

    Exceptional: Stay up until at least 1 AM

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  • Posted December 6, 2011

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    Excellent YA novel

    Review from Krazy Book Girl (my 15 year old daughter):
    Jen and Trevor are complete opposites, to say the least. Jen is a goth party girl and is regarded as a freak. Trevor does well in school, loves Sci-Fi movies, and is regarded as a geek. Jen decides to make a bet with her friends that she can bring Trevor over to "the dark side." It definitely does not turn out how she expects, or how you would expect. My favorite things about this book are how realistic it was and the word usage. The author really painted a picture of what was happening with her details. I really enjoyed reading this, and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fun but emotional read.

    My review:
    Geek Girl is the kind of YA novel that makes the genre so popular. This story may not be a new one, but how many novels these days are completely original thoughts? The plot combined with Cindy C. Bennett's expressive writing style is what makes this one so great. All of the characters are described wonderfully, so that you can picture them in your mind. From the cliche' Mrs. Brady/Cleaver to the bad boy former "almost boyfriend," Cindy has done an excellent job of bringing them to life. The inner turmoil going on inside of Jen has been perfectly portrayed, and you come to understand why she acts the way she does. Whether you have a background similar to Jen's or completely different, you can still relate to how she feels and the struggles she faces. This novel tugged at my heartstrings and brought tears to my eyes more than once. I would definitely recommend this to anyone.

    (This is a reprint from my blog Krazy Book Lady.)

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  • Posted November 25, 2011

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    Amazing Story that feels so real...

    Geek girl is an outstanding piece of fiction. Life like Characters that jumped right off the page and into my heart. While reading this incredible story, I couldn't get enough of the story and the characters so much so that I was so sad when the story ended. I wanted more!


    Characters

    Jen
    Jen is a girl that has been thrown around in the system and most of the time its of her own choosing. Jen acts tough so no one will hurt her like she had been in her past. She has this wall built up so thick that it takes someone very special to break it down. In the beginning of the book she bets her friends that she can turn him bad, just like her. No one really believes she can do it so they make this bet with her.

    Jen tries really hard, but gets to know Trevor and ends up...well you should read it and find out what exactly happens. Will she be able to let down that wall and let him in? Jen has no clue how loved she is and she really doesn't know how to love someone either. But she does learn and grows so much through out this entire story and I love that about her.


    Trevor
    The Geek boy, the center of the bet, but Trevor is so much more than a geek and Jen finds that out and she changes because of the way he is. I love Trevor in this story he is strong person. He doesn't care what people think of him. He doesn't change for anything. He is who he is and that's all there is to it. He's always the same guy no matter what he's wearing or who he is with.


    Jen's Foster Family

    I love this family, they try really hard to get to know her and they don't try to change her. They only try to love her and I love the way they show it. ( the bank account is just one way they show it, and that part of the book I love so much.) Even the snooty sister, who really is just jealous that she isn't the only girl in the family anymore. She still ends up loving Jen.


    Jen's Friends

    Jen's friends, well most of them except one are crazy partying Goth dressing friends. They really don't care about Jen like a true friend would. But, really Jen doesn't give then the chance too. She pushes people away and even when she gets true friends she tries to push them away. When she meats Jane she tries her best to let Jane know not to sit with Jen that she isn't worth it. But Jane doesn't listen and I love Jane in this story.


    Trevor's Family


    Trevor's family are like the cleaver's, well that's the way Jen see's Trevor's mom. I end up loving Trevor's brother though, hes so sweet and I love the trampoline scenes. His mom is a bit uptight but I end up liking her as well.


    Trevor's Friends

    Geeks to the core! But I end up loving them and the parts of the book that they are in. I love that they end up caring for Jen also and let her into their little group. I loved the movie arguments between his friends. I love Brian especially in this book, he is so sweet and a great friend to both Trevor and Jen.



    The Plot

    I absolutely adore the plot of this great book. I wanted so much more of this story. I felt this story was a real life story being told to me. The book seems so real to me. The story could happen in the real world and that's the best thing about this book.


    The Writing

    Cindy's writing style is perfection for this story. She knows exactly how to tell a story and I hope Cindy will keep writing because I can't wait to read more of her books.







    So with all that being said, I loved G

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  • Posted October 19, 2011

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    Good Story with a Good Message

    If what your looking for is a funny, quick read with heart, GEEK GIRL is your source.

    Jen hasn't had a loving environment surrounding her all the seventeen years of her short life. Both of her parents are out of her life, so she's been bounced around the foster system ever since she can remember. Her instinct is to not trust anyone, because there's no such thing as good intentions. Everyone wants something, and Jen's not letting anyone take advantage of her. Which may be why she goes on the offensive and makes a bet with her friends Beth and Ella that she can turn one of the schools "geeks" into an angry punk-emo kid such as herself. What happens over the course of the next year turns Jen's future, as well as her heart and morals in a completely different direction. Suddenly she's questioning her real motives with this "geek" named Trevor, and hoping on everything she's become that he doesn't find out about the long-ago placed bet.

    I really enjoyed this story. Jen's character seems hard to relate to at first, but as the story line progresses, we get the full story of her background and how she came to be the negative ball of pessimism that she is. Trevor is incredibly endearing and was easily my favorite person in the book. Author Cindy C. Bennett did a great job with keeping me interested in the story all the way through to the end. And, unlike other novels, when this one ended I didn't feel like I wasn't satisfied. The plot came together flawlessly and culminated to an ending I appreciated reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2011

    Cindy Bennett does it again!

    First of all I should say that I am a huge fan of Cindy Bennett's novel Heart on a Chain, so when I had the opportunity to read an ARC of Geek Girl, I was ecstatic AND had very high expectations. So, did it meet those expectations? That would be a yes! Once again, Ms. Bennett brings us a heartwarming, touching teen romance. Jen is a great character and I was fully invested in her story. She's had a violent past at the hands of her parents and then kicked all over the foster care system, but she's still deep down a good person, though she struggles not to let anyone see it. She had me laughing out loud several times with her snarky commentary about geeks/nerds. And then there's Trevor..sigh. I've always had a soft spot for cute geeky guys and does he ever fit the bill. LOVE HIM! Such a sweety. Don't get me wrong, I like my bad boys, but Trevor just totally won me over, much as Ms. Bennett's hero from her other novel. Hmmm.Henry or Trevor..that's a tough one. I think Ms. Bennett does an excellent job writing the younger/teenage voice and her writing is superb. No awkward, stilted conversations, bad grammer/punctuation, etc. that seem so common place in young adult fiction. Ms. Bennett also does an excellent job writing romance/chemistry. Some authors just have it and others...just do NOT. This was a sweet romance and I was rooting for the main characters the whole time. Highly recommend and be sure to check out Heart on a Chain, as well.

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  • Posted October 4, 2011

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    Jess @ Starcrossed

    I really liked this book, you quickly get under the main charachter's skin and start to understand why she makes the decision's she makes.
    Growing up the way I grew up, I have expierenced both issue's. My life wasn't the easiest so I started to gather toughness around me like a shield, alot like Jen did. Granted mine didn't end happily with someone piercing that shield, or multiple person's in the story, and bringing down that wall but the story has a great message of hope. That when you love someone, you love them for them, not because of how they look, or who their friends are. Being different can only be exciting.
    I was so proud of Jen's foster family for pushing through and never giving up. I wanted to stand up and applaud when I saw that they had kept all the money they recieved for caring for her and gave it to her. To many times I know of families that just have kids or take kids in for the money and the emotional impact can be devistating. I like how they never gave up on her dispite how nasty she was, they recognized that she had, had a rough life and that sometimes it takes a while for someone's gaurd to let down.
    I also expierienced Trevor's dilema, and I know how much it can hurt to have someone date you as a joke, or a bet. This book gave me an insider's look at how the other person might have been hurting.
    For once I was glad of the happy ending. It was done in just the right way, that towards the finale I was smiling in anticipation of what I hoped would come.

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  • Posted September 11, 2011

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    In this book, author, Cindy C. Bennett takes us on a young girl's journey through incredible pain and misunderstanding to her discovery of her true self worth, love, forgiveness and hope.

    Jen, a self imposed outcast at her current high school is a girl on a mission, to see if she can turn geeky Trevor, to the dark side. She makes a bet with her two BFF's, (and twins) Beth and Ella over lunch one day and what's her prize if she can pull this off? They agree to pay for another lip piercing. Sounds um, fun, right? (guess there's no cookies on this dark side, just piercings) Well, in their world, whoever has the most piercings, the worst attitude, parties the hardest or has the most overall disdain for anyone not like them is coolest. To each their own.

    Jen's a foster kid whose been bounced around to different homes over the years and doesn't expect to be with her current family for much longer. She claims they're suffocating her with their stupid rules like no sneaking out, no drugs, no drinking and no facial piercings. (SO LAME, right?!) At least they don't make too big of a deal about her appearance which is totally goth. She tends to get irritated at people's initial reaction to her and assumes the worst of them (like the first time she meets Trevor's Mom) but wait, isn't that the point of dressing the way she does? To get a reaction? She fails to see that she's totally judging them the way she assumes they're judging her.

    Once we get to know her more, we see that she has horrible self esteem, constantly referring to herself as a freak and dark. Her appearance and her attitude are just a few of the ways she tries to protect herself from pain and rejection, two things she knows way too much about. It's hard to feel you're worth much when the people in your life who are supposed to protect you have done nothing but use and abuse you. Ironically, she has very high moral standards for herself even if the way she lives her life contradicts that at times.

    Trevor is our story's heroic "hot guy in geek's clothing". (think "knight in shining armor") He's everything Jen is not, at least that's the way it appears. He's smart, funny, a good student, does community service and enjoys spending time with his friends and family. He's skeptical at first when Jen starts paying so much attention to him but he decides to go with it. He never once judges her and each time she refers to herself as a freak he corrects her and says she's "different" or "interesting". He takes the time to listen and get to know her and is nothing but supportive even when Jen's making choice that he doesn't agree with. When she tells him she doesn't feel like she's good enough for him, he's patient and reassuring. OK, so where do I get my "TEAM TREV" T-shirt?

    For her part, Jen starts to realize that "Trev" in all his sci-fi geekiness is actually a great guy who she's beginning to fall for...and hard. She finds herself able to trust him with her story and doesn't want things to come to an end. When her friends press her for answers about their bet, she repeatedly puts them off which only angers them. Her relationship with Trev has a positive effect on not only her social life (she starts easing up on her appearance when he tells her she's beautiful without all the harsh makeup - sigh) but her home life as

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