Also by this author: For the Record
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
A girl forced out of her comfort zone finds that being true to herself is the best way to live her life, in this second novel from the author of For the Record.
It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Skylar Hoffman’s senior year at her preppy East Coast boarding school should have been perfect:
the coolest friends
the most desirable dorm
But it’s far from it. To her dismay, Skylar’s not going to rule senior year because she’s stuck in Abbot House, a tiny dorm known for, well, nothing. Living with a group of strangers everyone thinks is lame is bad enough. Worse is that Skylar wasn’t exactly truthful about how she spent summer break in Los Angeles—and her little white lie is causing her once rock-solid romance to crumble fast. And when it turns out that Skylar’s best friend is the one responsible for having her booted from Lincoln? It’s an all-out war.
Stepping out of her comfort zone never felt so scary—or necessary. But everything is different now. Including, maybe, Skylar herself . . .
Going Geek is like Mean Girls in boarding school…except Skyler isn’t quite as likable as Cady Heron. I was pretty anxious to read Charlotte Huang’s followup after loving her debut. I thought Going Geek was a fun read, but I didn’t love it as much as For the Record.
This book is filled with catty and spoiled girls. I find those sorts of characters entertaining in small doses, and Going Geek was probably the perfect dose. I’m happy that Skyler gets separated from her old dorm friends right away because I think I would have grown tired of them quickly.
Skyler was almost too much for me at times. In the beginning she’s very spoiled, self involved, and privileged. Her inner dialogue about school cliques and her new dorm mates was pretty cringe worthy and bordering on infuriating at times. BUT Skyler is a incredible example of fabulous character growth. She learns important lessons about herself, her friends, her school, and life. She turned into a very likable character by the end of the book. Once she started accepting her new role it was so easy to root for her. I really ended up liking her.
Going Geek also has some wonderful supporting characters. Skyler’s new dorm mates were like a big family. I really enjoyed reading about each one. They were a very diverse group too. That’s always a huge plus for me. I also really liked the boarding school setting. I don’t know about you, but I love a good boarding school. Going Geek was an engaging, fast read. Add it to your Fall TBRs if you want that back to school, Mean Girls feel.