Geek Magnet

Geek Magnet

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by Kieran Scott

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Everybody loves KJ. Especially the geeks. See, KJ Miller is super nice, smart, pretty, the stage manager of her high school's spring musical . . . and a total geek magnet. She's like the geek pied piper of Washington High, drawing every socially clueless guy in a five-mile radius. If only Cameron, the hottest guy in school, would follow her around and worship her


Everybody loves KJ. Especially the geeks. See, KJ Miller is super nice, smart, pretty, the stage manager of her high school's spring musical . . . and a total geek magnet. She's like the geek pied piper of Washington High, drawing every socially clueless guy in a five-mile radius. If only Cameron, the hottest guy in school, would follow her around and worship her the way her entourage of dorks do. Enter Tama Gold, queen of the popular crowd, and solution to all of KJ's problems. KJ is too nice, and the nice girl never gets the guy. Tama's ready to help KJ get cruel, ditch the dorks, and win Cameron's heart. But is KJ?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

On the surface, Scott's (ANon-Blonde Cheerleader in Love, also due this month) novel sounds familiar: smart good-girl KJ is too decent to brush off the socially inept or "unsavory guys" who glom onto her, even though they make it hard for KJ's crush, basketball star Cameron Richardson, to notice her. But when she takes up the job of stage manager for the school's production of Grease, popular Tama, playing the lead role of Sandy, gives KJ some strategic advice: tell the losers to get lost, and go for the guy she wants-and Tama even offers to talk up KJ to her buddy Cameron. Scott shores up this obvious plot in several ways. First, she frames the novel in five "acts," lightly inviting readers to measure her characters against the good/bad stereotypes poked at in Grease. More substantially, she gives KJ an alcoholic father, supplying an insightful foundation for KJ's personality and grounding her story realistically. The result: a genuinely moving heroine and a far stronger story than the cliché-ridden cover art would suggest. Ages 12-up. (May)

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KLIATT - Aimee Cole
Drama is big in the life of KJ Miller. But she also seems to have attracted every geek in school for the past year, while working as stage manager for the yearly school musical. KJ desperately wants to escape the unwanted attention of these geeks and join the popular crowd. Tama Gold makes it happen for her during this year's play. Tama instructs KJ on how to be mean to the undesirables and how to catch the eye of Cameron, the boy KJ always wanted to notice her. KJ's newfound confidence brings both the good and the bad, however. She now has the guts to tell off the geek who constantly leers at her, but also brushes off unpopular yet sweet Fred. She can now tell her struggling alcoholic father that he needs to deal with his problems. But in taking on this new assertive approach, KJ doesn't realize that she's developing problems of her own when it comes to recognizing true friendship and loyalty. Readers will recognize the many-sided issues related to popularity and courage as they are addressed in this clever story about a play that is itself a play. Reviewer: Aimee Cole
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up- KJ is a girl with problems. All of the boys she likes-those who are cool and suave-don't seem to know she exists, but the geeky guys-theater types, intellectuals, nonhotties-are attracted to her. Since she is nice to them, they hang around and won't leave her alone. When she lands the coveted position as stage manager for the school production of Grease , popular girls befriend her, and, in turn, popular boys. With guidance from a new "friend," she alienates her old acquaintances and best friend in trade for a cute guy. KJ's other problems-an alcoholic father and an unstable home situation-enter into the story, adding a bit of depth to KJ's character and allowing for the final friendship showdown. Written in a chatty, chick-lit style, complete with realistic teen-speak, the book will appeal to older readers. Though there's not much sense of place (other than high school), and the secondary characters are thin, the play's the thing, and this story will appeal to readers who enjoy a funny romance and friendship novel, and will be nice filler for collections that can never have enough "pink" books.-Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada

Kirkus Reviews
KJ Miller just can't say no to geeks, which makes her a magnet for Washington High's least desirable bachelors, who range from nerdy to creepy. However, when KJ realizes that her geek-magnet status is repelling her longtime crush, Cameron Richardson, she becomes determined to dump the undesirables. As stage manager of her school's production of Grease, KJ finds her answer in sassy and popular cast member Tama Gold, who takes a vested interest in helping KJ ditch the geeks and attract Cameron. Under Tama's tutelage, KJ slowly sheds her warm, sweet personality and consequently the geeks, but as she surveys the fallout of her actions she wonders if Cameron is worth it. The arrangement of the narrative into a classic five-act arc provides structural interest, but the development of the dramatis personae leaves something to be desired. In general, KJ's character seems flat and naive, except when dealing with her family and its attempts to cope with her father's alcoholism. Predictable, but with a few speed bumps to keep it interesting. (Fiction. YA)
From the Publisher
KJ is a lively, appealing protagonist. An enjoyable, touching read about self-discovery with a hopeful ending. -Booklist

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Penguin Publishing Group
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5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.10(d)
550L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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From the Publisher
KJ is a lively, appealing protagonist. An enjoyable, touching read about self-discovery with a hopeful ending. -Booklist

Meet the Author

Kieran Scott was a non-blonde cheerleader in high school (though she experimented with Sun-In often and with psychedelic results). A graduate of Rutgers University, Kieran grew up in Montvale, New Jersey and now lives with her husband, Matt, in Westwood, just a few towns away. She is currently working hard on her next novel featuring Annisa.

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Geek Magnet 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
A girl loved by geeks. How can you not love a character that is loved by people who secretly drive her insane?

KJ Miller is a nice girl. She's nice to everyone. She doesn't have a mean bone in her body.

Until she meets Tama Gold. And becomes friends with her. The popular girl. The girl who teaches her how to "stand up" for herself. Or, basically, more or less, teaches her how to be mean!

KJ finally gets the chance to go out with her wildly popular crush and realizes something. But what exactly?

Is Tama really her friend?

And is her crush really her crush?

GEEK MAGNET is definitely the 2008 summer must-read! I adored KJ right from the first page. There are serious issues in this book, but they are portrayed in the most fabulous way. Funny! A book everyone should read this summer!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Its a page turner i couldn't put the book down i read it in 1 day i would recommand it to anyone!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book probably one of my favorite books after the twilight series. I would deffinately recommened it. It was funny and very cute.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kieran, I love your work so keep writing the novels did you write a book of nonfiction? Just wondered
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome. I loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Loved this book! I could toally realte to how KJ would freak out everytime she talked to Cameron. I finished the book in a day and i loved every page. The book ws really amusing, realtable and good! I lvoed it and definatly recomnd it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was soo good, the ending was cute and i hope Kieran Scott writes another book similar to this
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a most read! plus in dont lisson to the negitive comments they have no taste in good book. This book is full of suprises no matter what kinds of booku read u will love it! It can really relate to the reader.
bookluvaSJ More than 1 year ago
this story sounds like my life! well at least the beginning. i guess i will have to read it and find out what not to do!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Fun and fast to read. Excellent for middle schoolers, as well as high school students.
Hope Hecht More than 1 year ago
Ok so now I did read the book and I loved it. I don't really like to be mean to people so this gave me a good idea of how to deal with the "not my types guys" politely so I dont hurt their feelings. The one thing I didn't like was that I was able to predict who KJ ended up with by like page 50. But I guess that was one of the things that made the book so great, was that KJ got her fairytale ending after all.
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debbie lung More than 1 year ago
The perfect mix of romance, drama, comedy, and sheer terror. I've read this book an uncountable amount of times!!!!! I think lots of teen girls can relate to this, especially me xD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
what i liked about this book was that it was appropritate for teens and shows really good judgement and it has life in it also the way they describe characters is i highly recommend this book to everyone because its a really good and funny book to read....
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Autumn Willis More than 1 year ago
i read this book knowing i would love it because well, im a geek magnet. i recomend this book to any girl in school who doesnt have the right guys following her around.
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Tiger_Holland More than 1 year ago
KJ is the stage manager for her school's production of Grease, and while she loves the environment and the rush of being in charge of such a big production, the play also throws her in the way of Fred, Andy, and Glenn, three terribly geeky guys who are all but obsessed with her. KJ's interested in dating star athlete Cameron, but he never even notices her until Tama, the ultra-popular leading actress, decides to make it her own personal project to get Cameron and KJ together. If Tama's sudden act of charity seems suspect, that's because it is. Through all the social turmoil, KJ has to sort out her friend priorities, figure out how to deal with her geeky suitors, and make sense of her interactions with Robbie, an upbeat actor/musician who seems more appealing with every passing day. If you're in the mood for a romantic comedy YA that isn't pure fluff, Geek Magnet is a great pick. KJ is a behind-the-scenes artistic type who can herd actors and delegate tasks but is helpless about telling people to stop bugging her. She also isn't sure how to deal with her angry, alcoholic father who makes home life miserable for her and her mom and brother, so the novel shows KJ's development in all areas, not just romantically. She faces many of her biggest fears throughout the course of the story, and I'm proud of every new challenge she rises to meet. Of course, I'd prefer that KJ had immediately seen through Tama and known that she was using her, but it's realistic behavior. And I was pleased at what a true friend KJ was to Tama; she was never really a flunky, and that lent a sense of sweetness to her scenes with Tama. Robbie Delano is an excellent male lead, something I've come to expect from Kieran Scott's novels. He doesn't get a POV, but he has a major impact on the plot. He's instrumental in KJ's growing confidence, and he's a true original--he's amazingly talented but doesn't care about popularity, and he's into acting, singing, and band, when he could easily have stuck with the jock crowd he used to belong to. He's normal-guy romantic, so he'll wear a nicer shirt and pick out a single white lily for a first date instead of donning a suit and handing out a dozen red roses. There are few things more enjoyable to read than a couple of 3-dimensional characters slowly figuring out their mutual attraction (even though KJ and Robbie both think they're interested in other people). Fun romance, likable characters, and some deeper issues interspersed with moments of hilarity make Geek Magnet a winner for those looking for something uplifting.
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