Friday, November 11, 2011

Geek Girl Review, GIVEAWAY and Blog Tour

From Goodreads:  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.

I think this was one of my more favorite contemporary YA reads in awhile.  I'm so glad I was able to be a part of the blog tour for Geek Girl.  My thanks to Cedar Fort for providing the opportunity.  They are also generously providing for the giveaway!  THANKS!

Wow, life has dealt Jen many cruel blows.  My heart went out to her and the many like her who suffer from such uncontrollably difficult things.  As a young child Jen endured physical and mental abuse.  Her mother left her behind with a horrible excuse for a father.  Her mother ended up in prison so Jen was placed in the foster care system.  No wonder this girl guards her heart with anger and trouble.  

Enter Trevor who seems to envelope all that is good and wholesome.  I love how polite and accepting he is.  He is willing to assume the best in everyone which is a rare thing, I've found.  It's exactly how I hope my son treats others.

I found the developing relationships with Jen, her family and Trevor to be endearing.  I could feel the struggle Jen had as she wanted to be loved but was so afraid of being hurt and abandoned again.  The emotional transformation as well as the physical transformation Jen makes is genuine and sweet.

The thing that makes this book work for me is that I can find bits and pieces of me and my life in there.  Insecurities are a part of us all, I think.  And while I was fortunate to grow up in a house full of safety and love, I know many who were not so fortunate.  This world can be so cruel and ugly.  But it can also be good and kind.  Love is out there and there are so many people who try to make a difference in the lives of these kids who are hurt and scared.  The social labels we put on people, especially as portrayed in high school are also very real.  My kids talk about social groups from school too.  

I know this book touched on so many heavy, sad topics.  But, for all that, it was still hopeful and happy and fun too.  It was real but not overdone.  The happily ever after wasn't easy and it didn't just fall together.  Jen made mistakes and I liked that there was an accountability for that.  This book left me feeling like love can make a difference.  Helping and understanding people takes effort, but it is worth it.  I loved reading this book and I applaud Cindy Bennett for a job well done.

You can find out more about Cindy Bennett here.
If you are interested in reading what others think about Geek Girl, you can find a list of participating blogs here.

This giveaway is open to everyone!  Yipee!  If you are US, you can have either a print copy or an ebook.  International can win an ebook.  To enter, leave a comment letting me know why you are interested in this book, as well as your email address so I can contact you if you win.  Contest ends 11/18/2011.


  1. I would love to read this because it seems interesting, I want to find out what happens in the end, the cover, and just seems plain awesome. Thanks for the great giveaway for a print copy!

    US resident
    Email: osnapitzAngiex3(AT)aol(DOT)com

  2. I won't lie: I'd have passed the book right back based on the cover, but thankfully, I read your review!

    Geek Girl sounds great, and I think you nail it when you say why: serious issues. Still, that they are serious doesn't mean that they have to be boring, and I think Jen and Trevor are going to make a wonderful pair!

    I really want to read this book because it hits close. I've played both sides of the fence, too - I've been the geek, and I've been the little devil. The years are gone, but still close enough that I want to see Cindy Bennet's take on this subject!

    Thank you so much for this review, and for the giveaway!

    Ron C. Nieto AT gmail DOT com

  3. I don't know why but this book seems like it would be an intriguing read... do to the fact I'm a geek (glasses, camp shirts, and lack a sports ability) all the way makes this sound 10x more interesting and also I have never read a book like this.
    Please Enter Me!

    Brittany B.

  4. GFC Mary DeBorde [M.A.D.]
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail dot com

    This book sounds so good! I'd love to read this because I can really relate to the characters, and what you said about bits and pieces of ourselves being present.

    All of my siblings and myself went through the foster care system. Some of us were luckier than others [17 siblings].

    There's no arguing that one's childhood experiences leave a mark and contribute to our development as an individual. It's not all good or bad, some things simply are what they are. But we always have the power to be who we want to be [ever the optimist lol].

  5. Great review, good to see you on the tour too, i review Geek Girl on the 24th.

    New follower here,

  6. Aimee - Thank you so much for the review! It's really awesome. I appreciate you taking the time to read and review Geek Girl and for sharing space on your CUTE blog!:o)

  7. Cindy's work is phenomenal and I'm glad you liked it. I can't wait for the official launch party of Geek Girl--got my ticket :)))

  8. I like the cover but wasn't sure if it would be something I would read. That being said, I went on to read about the book and review and I found out I want to read it! We all experience different things in life but I agree we each have our own insecurities whatever they may be.

    Great review!


  9. Great review on the book. I actually didn't think the book was about that. I figured it would be about a geeky girl coming to accept herself.

    I would like to read this book because it does sound intriguing and it hit deep issues that I can relate to especially the issue of abandonment.

    thenarcissuslibrary at gmail dot com

  10. great giveaway
    follow via gfc

    Looks like a great book!

  11. Thanks for this giveaway!
    I've seen reviews of Geek Girl on several blogs before and I'm really attracted by the cover and the blurb!
    Would love to know how Jen and Trevor will turn out :D

  12. I'd love to win a copy because a friend of mine just reviewed it and she said it was really good, so I'd love the chance to do the same on my blog.

    International: UK

  13. I'd love to win this because she is a great author! Thanks for the giveaway!
    lexie.bookbug at gmail dot com

  14. From your review, it sounds like an emotional read and that's right up my alley! Thanks for the chance. (print form please)

  15. I think - this will be a interesting book :) and I love the cover!!! the typography is very nice :D



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