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The Queen Geek Social Club

The Queen Geek Social Club

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by Laura Preble

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If you're somebody like Shelby Chappelle, a smart, witty, pretty geek army of one, you can't just put a poster up at school and advertise for somebody to be your best friend. But now freakishly tall Becca Gallagher has moved to town, with her dragon tattoo and wild ideas. Suddenly Shelby's madscientist father and their robot, Euphoria, seem normal. They become best


If you're somebody like Shelby Chappelle, a smart, witty, pretty geek army of one, you can't just put a poster up at school and advertise for somebody to be your best friend. But now freakishly tall Becca Gallagher has moved to town, with her dragon tattoo and wild ideas. Suddenly Shelby's madscientist father and their robot, Euphoria, seem normal. They become best friends instantly. But Becca wants to shake things up at school and look for "others of our kind"...and decides to form the Queen Geek Social Club.

The thing is, this guy Fletcher Berkowitz keeps nosing around, asking lots of questions about the Club. He's cute, and interesting, and possibly likes Shelby. Therefore, she must torture him. One good thing about being a loner: no one can break your heart.

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KLIATT - Amanda MacGregor
Ninth-grader Shelby Chapelle is used to living a solitary existence. She's never really had a best friend, or any real friends, for that matter. Her mother is dead and her father is a reclusive inventor who spends most of his life in his mad scientist lab. The nearest thing she has to a friend is Euphoria, a robot her father created to act as mother, housekeeper, babysitter, and confidant. But when Shelby meets Becca, the tall, tattooed, and opinionated new girl, she finds a true friend. The girls quickly bond over their outsider status (something they both relish and champion). They both like reading and SF movies, and are exasperated by most of humanity. Becca decides they need to seek out more of their kind, so they start the Queen Geek Social Club. No longer invisible on campus, Shelby finds herself involved in crazy schemes to promote the Geek cause. As the girls plan National Invisible Boy Day, a day dedicated to ignoring boys, Shelby is annoyed to find herself growing increasingly intrigued with Fletcher, an intelligent, persistent, and popular sophomore. Preble has successfully created a thoroughly enjoyable story. The vibrant and out-of-the-ordinary characters keep the plot moving with their endless scheming and plotting for the Geek revolution. Though the Social Club is focused on tackling social issues and activism, Becca and Shelby also honestly address popularity, parental relationships, romance, and friendship. Readers will be inspired by their antics and wish to befriend the Queen Geeks.

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Penguin Publishing Group
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Product dimensions:
5.07(w) x 7.04(h) x 0.90(d)
750L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Laura Preble, an award-winning teacher and writer, grew up in Ohio and subsisted on a diet of hot chocolate and science fiction. She currently lives in the San Diego area with her husband, jazz saxophonist Chris Klich, and her two sons.

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The Queen Geek Social Club 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Everything was perfectly fine for Shelby Chapelle. After her mother had passed away, she was used to her life being just about her father, her robot, and herself. She was fine with the fact that she was not the most popular person at her school. Sure, she kept to herself most of the time, but she did go on dates with guys from her school, she was smart, and she knew some people. Shelby's life seemed normal to her. But then everything changed when the freakishly tall girl with the dragon tattoo came into her class. She was weird and a little intimidating, but the new girl, Becca Gallagher, became Shelby's first real friend.

Weeks later, Becca starts to come over to Shelby's house to meet her weird father and her weird mother-like robot, and hang out. Shelby would fill Becca in as to all the necessary info about Green Pines High School, the school that they attended, and Becca would discuss her crazy life. Sure, Becca was a little wild with odd ideas, but Shelby was fine with it. That is until Becca comes up with the strangest idea ever. What if they could create a group to join all the girl geeks from the school to first take over the school's social hierarchy--and then the world? At first, it seemed like the craziest idea, but Shelby didn't want to lose her only friend so she went along with it. Soon, the girls start the Queen Geeks Social Club and girls start to join. They devise a plan to collect Twinkies to send to a modeling agency to stop models from going hungry. Why Twinkies? Because they can last through a nuclear explosion, that's why.

Things could not get any weirder, until some guy, Fletcher Berkowitz, enters the picture. He may be one of the coolest and popular guys in school, but to Shelby he's just plain annoying. For some reason, he likes Shelby, but of course she has no idea why. Along with that, Shelby's dad starts to act even more weird than usual. Not only is he out of his lab, but he seems a little happier.

Everything started going crazy right when Becca Gallagher entered Shelby's life. It's now up to Shelby to find out what Becca really wants, and to solve the problems which need to be solved.

THE QUEEN GEEK SOCIAL CLUB was a fantastic read that was a definite page-turner. Fast-paced and well-developed, Laura Preble captures the mind of a teenager to the fullest. The fact that Shelby was a geek and not some materialistic girl made the story much more fun to read. A coming-of-age story that not only sparks the mind but also strikes a spot in your heart, THE QUEEN GEEK SOCIAL CLUB is a novel that should be on everyone's must-read list.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i am happy to say that the woman who had written this book was also my English teacher, freshman year of high school. I had never shown interest in this book until now, I cant even put the book down! love the book and cant wait to read the others!
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This book is really good, I loved it. It is a must read.
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This book is remarkable to read during you spare time throughout the day. It¿s about a freshman named Shelby Chapelle. She is the typical geek you can find walking around campus, but she a little bit different from the rest because her father is a great researcher who¿s found a way to make a friendly robot do all the chores in the house named Euphoria. Shelby has everything you need to be happy except a best friend, this all change one day at school when she meant Becca Gallagher a girl who is extremely tall with wild ideas and a dragon tattoo on her leg and this makes Shelby feel comfortable in her own skin that she found someone like herself. They find a bond with each other, soon they find more of their kind (geeks) and start a club, the Queen Geek Social Club is born. All though the club starts out great there are some thing that are getting Shelby nervous, Becca begins with this idea of trying to make people understand and convince them how skinny models are and the club start asking students from their school to help them send junk food to the major company. As the idea goes through this cause Becca to try to change the whole school into geek society so none of them can be left out and as this is happening Shelby has many second thoughts and mixed internal feeling about staying in this club. But Becca convinced Shelby to stay because she is one of ¿founding father¿ of this club. Soon Becca and Shelby join an after school program to start making the club popular but no one likes them except for a great stud named Fletcher Berkowitz as time goes on Fletcher begins to bug Shelby with questions about the club as if he is interested, but Shelby knows that he likes her and is asking to be her friend to ruin her club. So in every way possible she ignores or upsets him in the best way discovered. By the end of the school year while the after school program is organizing the school dance Shelby suddenly accepts that she enjoys Fletcher and Becca both as friends. But soon Shelby and Fletcher begin to like each other in a different ways. By the end of the book many new surprises happen making it a great page-turner. I recommend this book a hundred percent to girls in their teenage years or early twenties.
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Shelby Chapelle is a geek and fine with it. She¿s smart and pretty and can easily get dates, but all she really wants is a Best Friend. That role is filled by the wild Becca Gallagher. Becca is also a geek and proud of it. The girls instantly bond and become best friends. But Becca is a bit more on the radical side she wants to find ¿others of their kind,¿ and thus the Queen Geek Social Club is born. The main goal of the club is to empower these geeky girls through various projects. The plans get bigger and bigger (Becca is planning to change the world), but sometimes Shelby doesn¿t know why she¿s along for the ride. It doesn¿t help that she¿s confused about a certain attractive Norwegian exchange student and another guy named Fletcher. This Queen Geek is going to have to get her brain into gear if she¿s going to be the most spectacular person she can be. I have mixed reactions about The Queen Geek Social Club. This novel succeeded in being humorous and romantic. However, the characters were a bit confusing, especially when tied together with the club. One of the points of the club was to find other geeky girls so they could work together half the time it seems like they weren¿t really friends. Several of the characters¿ motivations for hiding certain secrets were unclear. Also, sometimes main character Shelby was a mystery to me, and I thought it was strange how she just suddenly realized at the end of the novel her role in the Queen Geek Social Club and the club¿s role in her life. I did love the pranks and ideas that Becca came up with, and I did get some good laughs from reading this book. But the amusing comments only partially made up for the strangely constructed characters, and the result was that this novel was only mildly entertaining. I¿m not really sure if I will read the rest of this series. Girls who love funny and romantic stories may enjoy The Queen Geek Social Club. If you are looking for a book with more meaning, I would not suggest reading it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There were some things about this book that worked and some that didn't. What worked: The characters. They were wacky and zany enough to be believable. The whole idea of starting a club for geeks is just weird enough to sound like it could fly. I'm sure something like that might actually be popular at some of our schools, right? Shelby and Becca also had some great friendship chemistry going. When they first met each other, it just kind of felt right. It really clicked for me. Even among people, I don't think that happens very often so it was great that Laura Preble was able to convey that kind of connection through prose. What didn't: The whole book was kind of slow to me. There was nothing about it that grabbed me or really made me want to keep reading. At all. And while the afore mentioned wackiness can be a good thing, I think it got rather out of hand. It sort of turned into a big free for all, anything flies, type of situation which isn't all that fun to read about. I wanted more structure and normalcy. Shelby also kind of annoyed me at points because she was so single minded. She got upset or discouraged over the littlest things, which wasn't fun to read about either. In conclusion: This was an okay book. Not superb, not horrendous, just in between. I suppose I recommend it, but really, only pick it up if you've got nothing better to read, because it won't do much for you and what book's worth reading if you're bored throughout the whole thing?
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so good, I read it nonstop!!! All the way from 1:00 pm, to 9:00 pm!!! Its that good!!! I love this book, and i am so looking forward to reading the next sequal!! Its definitley a great book, chick flick, and soo Good!!! I reccomend this book 100%!! READ IT!!
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The definition of the word geek is an odd or ridiculous person or a carnival performer whose show consists of bizarre acts. In the publication The Queen Geek Social Club, Laura Preble uses the word geek to describe the two main characters, Shelby Chapelle and Becca Gallagher. Shelby Chapelle is a geek with no friends, but she can still get dates with guys. It seems all the guys want is something I¿d rather not say. She thinks she will be like this forever. That is until this whimsical girl named Becca Gallagher comes to town. You can pretty much see were it goes from here. Becca and Shelby become best friends. They do a lot together like go to the mall, pull pranks, act like there from a different country, and scam a popular guy for free food. Then one day Becca thinks of an idea. ¿We need to find others of our kind.¿ So they make The Queen Geek Social Club for all the geeks in the school. The goal has one goal and that is to make models fatter. They are going to collect Twinkies and send them to a modeling agency so they can fatten up the models. While this is happening Becca is trying to do one thing. You will just have to read the book to find out. Also throughout the book there is a twist of love. I recommend this book for junior high kids. I thought this book was good and I would give this book four stars. If you want to find out what happens next then pick this book to read. Thank you for reading my book review, now go read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The characters where realistic but the story plot took FOREVER! I become so bored of this book. i really don't recommed it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book. I got it because the title seemed so me because im kinda geeky but im social...lol anyways i liked the cover too with the shoes and the grass with the three people just laying there. I really liked this book and i was laughing the whole time I was reading it. So much in fact my friend kept calling me a freak because she doesnt think anyone laughs while reading a book but me. I really enjoyed this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an ok book. I thought i could relate because of the title (because i'm sorta geeky and stuff) it turns out i couldn't relate very much at all! It was sorta cool how she had a robot named Euphoria, but it was sorta weird too. Also, the plot wasn't that good either. The strategy of the Queen Geeks was very stupid, like sending Twinkies to modeling agencies. I like this book, don't get me wrong, but there are better books out there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book is so great!!! i L-O-V-E this book it is funny and most of my friends have read it and we all love it. if you have not read this book you need to it is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! please do yourself a favor and go and get this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Laura Preble's book is funny and touching and hits the 'geek' in all of us. Most of us have had geek moments and continue to throughout life...that life! Maybe we didn't have a robot named Euphoria in our lives...but we have had moments that Shelby has had. Laura makes smart cool and different maybe just maybe OK! I loved the book and can't wait for Laura's next book! I work in a library and suggest the book to all my YA girls!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Prebles book kept me wanting to read more every second. I felt as if i was one with the characters and i was part of their scheme. this was a great, fun, light-hearted read. its a book anyone who has ever been out of the norm can appreciate.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Take a stroll back into the High School Years. The Queen Geek Social Club has something almost everyone can identify with. I laughed and remeberd being just like some of the girls in the book... I also remeber having friends just like some of the girls in the book. The Queen Geek Social Club Rules :) Can't wait for the next one!!!
harstan More than 1 year ago
In San Diego fourteen year old Green Pines High School freshman Shelby Chappelle realistically knows she is the queen of geeks yet is able to attract the attention of Dustin the tennis hunk. Intelligent with self deprecating humor, Shelby knows he just wants to feel her boobs when he shouts out he loves her. She uses silly string to end the match. Still in spite of the date, Shelby has no friends perhaps because of her dad the mad scientist with a lab in their home or Euphoria the robot. All the teen wants is a pal.------------------- A new girl enters English class Becca Gallagher is freakishly tall, but also wears platforms to make her even taller. At lunch Becca and Shelby talk when Dustin and his boob-mates arrive to harass the girls saying they are lesbos until the towering female suddenly and painfully twists his tits and bends down to whisper in his ear that if he is a prime male girls have no choice, but one another. The two females become close friends forming the Queen Geek Social Club that enables them to become social butterflies. Through bowling and dancing, the short one finds Fletcher annoying and the tall one Brandon can look straight into her eyes, but both know they will always be queen geeks.--------------- In many ways in spite of adolescent pranks, Shelby and Becca seem much older than their fourteen years and their friendship make for a fine coming of age tale. Shelby is delightful as she struggles with boys especially Brandon, Anders (an exchange student) and Fletcher. Becca has her own male problems as boys are leery of her incredibly fast tit twister submission hold let alone dancing cheek to breast. Though some language seems inappropriate for the targeted audience, this is a fun friendship tale.----------- Harriet Klausner