Saturday, 31 August 2013

Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind by Andy Robb

Title: Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind
Author: Andy Robb
Published by: Stripes Publishing
Publication date: 1st June 2012
Pages: 352
Genres: Young Adult/Contemporary
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the author.

Archie is fourteen years old and a geek to his core.

In the world of role-playing games, he's a Level 5 Mage, capable of summoning the Undead. In this world, things are rather different. With no rule book to navigate Life's Big Challenges - warring parents, a crass step-father, orc-like school bullies and crap hair - he's teetering on the brink...

Then a Beautiful Girl appears in his Geeky world...Despite the fact that the closest he's come to an encounter with a girl is painting an Elven miniature, Archie embarks on a Daring Quest to win her heart.

Geek meets Girl...what could possibly go right?

You can't help but love Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind. It is very realistic and full of witty humour! I was a bit overexcited when the author offered this to me for review, but it wasn't for nothing because this book is - for lack of a better word - awesome.

In terms of hobbies, Archie isn't your stereotypical fourteen-year-old boy. He is a full-time geek! The only social life he has is with his fellow geeks Matt, Ravi and Beggsey, and even then it isn't exactly social. They can be found playing Dungeons and Dragons, painting miniatures or dreaming of way-out-of-their-league Kirsty Ford. Until Archie meets Sarah, and boom - he is in love. The question is, will he change himself for her, or will he stay true to his geeky self forever?
In terms of teenage boy thoughts and feelings, I'd say Archie is definitely your stereotypical fourteen-year-old boy. Not that I'd know, because I'm not a boy (duh), but I'm guessing!
Then there are the sub-plots. For example: Archie doesn't get on with his step-dad Tony at all. In fact, he regularly refers to his step-dad as a Tosserwhich was quite amusing. Tony was an interesting character - sometimes I really disliked him, and other times I felt sorry for him because it was obvious that he just didn't know how to act around kids at all.

Not many people know this but I'm a big fan of the TV show The Big Bang Theory. This book reminded me a lot of the show - which is a good thing! It was like 'The Big Bang Theory: Younger Years' (actually that's not a bad idea...E4, MAKE THAT SHOW HAPPEN!) Ehem, anyway. There was a lot of dry humour and sarcasm present in this book which I loved because I don't see that in many books these days.

I found it interesting to read a book by a male perspective as most books I read tend to be from a female perspective. I was cracking up at every page whilst reading Geekhood: Close Encounters with the Girl Kind! I've seen a review that says the book isn't funny at all, so I have to point out that you must have a sense of humour to read this book. If you don't have a sense of humour, you should probably go back to reading your school textbooks or something, if that's what you find fun.

This book fits in really well with the current Geek trend so I think this book and its sequel will be devoured by teenagers all over the world! It was nice to read about a genuine geek and I agree with the quote on the cover, it certainly does make geekery sound pretty cool! I also love the cover, it's very eye catching, bright and fun.

In the long run, this is a book that will have you in stitches. The characters are believable and likeable, and every situation felt real. It captures the agony of being a teenager perfectly, whilst still being a fabulously funny read. Personally, I found no flaws in this book. If you're after a fun time, read this!

My signed copy. :)


  1. Possibly the coolest signature! This book sounds cool, liking the sound of Th Big Band Theory younger years thing going on :)

    Great review, Amber :D

  2. I really want to read more contemporary YA with a male protragonist, and this sounds really funny, so I may have to check it out. Great review Amber!

    1. Thanks Rachael. :) I hope you enjoy it once you get your hands on it. I'll be doing a giveaway to win a signed copy of the book later in the year, so maybe you could enter!


    1. IT'S IN SPACE SOMEWHERE! >.> You might win the giveaway if you enter it, you never know! YES YOU DO NEED THIS BOOK.

  4. SO SO JEALOUS. You have a signed copy! I actually haven't gotten around to this book yet but I really, really want to, soon- even more now, after your great review! :) Also, high five, fellow Big Bang Theory fan. I now need to read this even more, now I know it's like my favourite show :P Thanks for such a cool review!

    -Happy reading! Georgia

  5. This. Sounds. Epic. Also, Big Bang Theory: Younger Years would be absolutely awesome. Maybe you should start a petition ;) Just an idea....
    Fab review, Amber :D

  6. Great Review! This sounds full of fun and I really want to read it. I like that the characters were likeable and believable because for me thats a must. I also don't read many YA's with a male protagonist so that would be interesting. I'll have to look out for this :D

    - Sunny @ A Sunny Spot Blog

  7. Awwwww...sounds like a great tale! :)

  8. I don't often read books with a male perspective either so I enjoy them more when I do. Plus, I don't think there are enough just generally funny books out there for the YA range.