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Monday, 14 October 2013

Geekhood: Mission Improbable by Andy Robb

Title: Geekhood: Mission Improbable
Author: Andy Robb
Published by: Stripes Publishing
Publication date: 1st April 2013
Pages: 352
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the author.

Archie is a geek with a girl problem.

In his imagination, he's still got a chance with Sarah, The Most Beautiful Girl in the World. In reality, she just wants to be friends. With no idea how to behave around her, it's time for Archie to escape the real world and prepare for a new level of geekiness - a weekend of costumed role-playing, complete with elf ears and foam swords.

Then along comes Clare, a girl with a foolproof plan. All Archie needs is a pretend girlfriend to make Sarah jealous - and Clare is happy to play the part. But as their fake romance begins, Archie realises that the idea is as doomed as a raid on a dragon's cave...

Geek + fake girlfriend...prepare for impact!

If you read my review of the first Geekhood book, you will know that I absolutely loved it. I was a little worried that this wouldn't be as good or funny as the first one because that's a lot to live up to! Luckily, this one was just as good. Phew!

If I could only read books by one author for the rest of my life, the author I'd choose would have to be Andy Robb. He has quickly become one of my favourite authors and I'm so glad to have discovered his books! The Geekhood books are both hilarious and very realistic, and they never fail to cheer me up.

In this book we see Archie struggling to adjust to life where he has to visit his Dad and annoying step-family in York. He is still pining after Sarah, too. I liked that a few things had stayed the same because it felt like I was greeting an old friend. The drama in this book was brilliant! I'm not sure how much time had passed between the end of the first book and the start of this one, but it felt like they had all matured a little bit.

Towards the end, Archie and his friends take part in some live-action role play for a weekend. In a field. In costume. I love how the whole book was written, but these parts were especially good! It felt like I was there and, quite frankly, the role playing weekend sounded AWESOME. *puts on a pair of geek glasses*

I think this book had some good advice which was mainly for boys (because most of the main characters are boys), but the advice could easily be adapted for girls. Woop!

I feel like the characters were more developed in this book, especially Sarah and Caitlin. In the first book they were just girls in the background, but in Mission Improbable they really came to life. I feel like there was more story to be told about Sarah though. It was fairly obvious that she was hiding how sad she felt and I could tell she hadn't had a fully happy past, but this wasn't expanded on much. If a third book is written, I would love to know more about Sarah's past!

Geekhood: Mission Improbable is SUCH a good sequel to the first Geekhood book. I'm really impressed and so glad that it's just as good as Geekhood: Close Encounters of the Girl Kind! I'm really really really hoping for a third book in the series; it can't be over yet! *crosses fingers* If you haven't read these books already, I urge you to - you won't regret it. Fantastically funny and a refreshing read!


  1. This looks like a fantastic contemporary read. I should definitely give this a go! :) Thanks for the review, Amber.

  2. Yay! I'm so glad you enjoyed number 2 - I'm secretly hoping for a third too, great review :D

  3. Great review as usual Amber! I might HAVE to try these, I've seen so many positive reviews :D

  4. This series looks so adorable! I haven't read one bad review, so I'll need to read them soon. It sounds like a fun, easy read, which I need right now. Really glad you've enjoyed the books, and great reviews! :)


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