This book of short stories is one of the funniest, smartest books I have read in a long time. If you are a geek or hang out with geeks you can totally relate to this series that covers everyone from video game geeks to drama geeks to book geeks. Many of the stories are funny, while some are more serious and deal with the hurt teens experience for being different. The stories are written by some of the top YA authors including Scott Westerfeld of Uglies fame, Cassandra Clare and Kelly Link. My favorite story is probably the first story Once your a jedi, you're a jedi all the way about what happens when a klingon and a jedi get together (this one just reminds me of my friends). There are cartoons between each of the stories that are always funny and give a hint regarding the next story. This collections is well worth reading, your inner geek will thank you.
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12 - 17 Years
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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Cecil Castellucci, Holly Black
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8.16 x 5.56 x 1.14 Inches
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This book of short sto...
I would probably give ...
I would probably give the writing a 4, but the experience was 5. This is the best collection of adorable geeky stories I've read in forever. I think that everyone I know, write with, game with, talk to, share stories and shoes and fandoms and passions with would adore it. Run, don't walk. You'll find yourself smiling and laughing aloud.
I loved this one witho...
I loved this one without reservation. Well... I didn't get a lot out of the comics that separated the short stories, but it's hard to come up with a story I didn't truly enjoy. I was surprised at how long the whole books of short stories was, to be honest. It was nearly 400 pages of geekiness. But I wouldn't trade any of those stories for a shorter book. You don't have to be a complete and total geek to "get" these stories; you have to have been a teenager who was an outcast. I was most assuredly an outcast teenager, and I grew up into a mildly outcast adult... so I totally understood where these characters were coming from. Anyone who's ever gotten so wrapped up in something - online or otherwise - that the his life revolves around it will understand at least some of these stories. This anthology is written by an all-star group of YA authors, by the way: John Green, Scott Westerfeld, Sara Zarr, Libby Bray... and the list goes on. I'm particularly partial to John Green, and, to be honest, his wasn't my hands-down favorite short story. I connected with every single story in this book on at least some level. After reading this book of stories, I don't wholly hate the person I was in late high school and early college. At least someone else actually acted/ felt/ sounded like I was then. I was and am in good company as a geek.
When I read the names ...
When I read the names that contributed to this anthology, my mouth started to water. Scott Westerfeld, Libba Bray, David Levithan, Garth Nix, Kelly Link, M.T. Anderson, Barry Lyga (sigh). Yet, when I started to read it, my excitement dimmed. Many of the stories dragged and meandered and really didn't have any point all. Anthologies like these prove that just because you are a great writer, does not mean that you can write short stories. Some of the authors such as Libba Bray and David Levithan write exquisite short stories. David Levithan's story is quick and to the point, yet it tells a cohesive story. Other authors, like Scott Westerfeld, rushed their stories and even after three reads, made me scratch my head as to exactly what story they are trying to tell. In all, it is an acceptable and modestly pleasing YA anthology. I would recommend to teens that like certain authors and those may feel like an outsider. Yet, I won't be pushing this on anyone anytime soon.
This was an interestin...
This was an interesting collection of short stories plus some amusing one page panels (my favorite being about lucky dice). Some are are tinged with romance (including some LGBT), others are funny. Some heartbreaking, some very realistic. From roleplaying, anime, comics, sci-fi, astonomy, theatre and even your more commonplace school nerd, this book has a wise variety of stories. Not all are up my alley, and others I really liked. A little something for everyone. Here are my thoughts on the stories:Once You're a Jedi, You're a Jedi all the Way.by Holly Black & Cecil Castellucci4 starsWhat happens when a Jedi sleeps with a Klingon? Trouble. Quick story in learning to work past differences. Or....Not... As a fan of both I felt conflicted here.One of Usby Tracy Lynn5 starsMontgomery is no geek. but her boyfriend has some tendenceis in that direction so she pays the school geeks some money to teach her. I related to so many references! All the things they teach her are things I love. How she gets into RPG games cracked me up and when she is asked what she likes by Mica, I fully get where his question came from. Reminded me a bit of 'The Summer I Became a Nerd.'Definitional Chaos by Scott Westerfield2.5 starsWasn't much a fan of this one. Strange train ride involving, alignments and $84,000. What I want to know is what committee lets a member run around with that kind of cash?! Guns, betrayal and gaming all come into play in this strange, slightly confusing tale. I Never by Cassandra Clare4 starsAn overall non-geek girl joins a Game of peron pretending to be someone else online, another famous character from a movie, game, etc. She is more the hopeless romantic and when she meets some of her fellow gamers in real life, things take some interesting turns. Mild romance, sex and drinking in this one.The King of Pellineseby MT Anderson2.5 starsSo far the strangest of the tales. A boy runs away from home to meet his favorite comic author. But not for the usual reasons. More mature things in this one that are a bit disturbing in their own right. And the author is just plain bizarre.The Wrath of Dawnby Cynthia & Greg Leitich Smith3.5 starsVery short story about sisterhood and Buffy. Interesting viewpoint on this one but I felt I needed more to really appreciate this one to it's fullest. Quiz Bowl Antichristby David Levithan3.5 starsA guy (wasn't sure about gender at first) joins Quiz team because his crush is on it. But he and the leader do not get along and his nerdy side does not align to the others. Interesting viewpoints and story. This definitely more toward the school Nerdy Geek side of the spectrum.The Quiet Knightby Garth Nix4 starsI liked this one quite a bit. I wanted more here. A must for Larpers! Tony doesn't like to speak. He has no friends outside his Larping group and even then, one one of them knows who he really is. This one had me sad until where I finished with a happy grin.Everyone But Youby Lisa Yee4 starsWhen you change school, the transfer isn't always a fun one. In this story felicity is isolated, and teased without mercy. From a challenged brother, cruel hot guys and good grades, Felicity needs to stand strong! Not something I would expect in this book, but I really enjoyed it.Secret Identityby Kelly Link2 starsThe longest story in the book and my least favorite. A strangely written letter filled with flashbacks. Honestly I was very confused through much of this book. I even resorted to skim reading part of it because the confusion had me about ready to skip it entirely. Freak the Geekby John Green3.5 starsThese girls didn't seem like they would top the lst at the Geekiest kids but it is hard to tell in this short story. First time seeing Ork spelled in this manner in a story. In this, bullies will be bullies and but friendships matter!The Truth about Dino Girlby Barry Lyga4 starsA future paleontologist deals with her first crush. Cute story about desire and revenge. Although she really is single-minded in her thought patterns. For her to comprehend things, every thing must be translated to dinosaurs and paleontology. Still, I enjoyed it. Very well written!This is My Audition Monologueby Sara Zarr4 starsInteresting and different. A girl uses her own monologue to share how she is feeling and what she wants. I have been in this girl's shoes to an extent. She is easy to relate to. Can't say too much here without spoilers.The Stars at the Finish Line by Wendy Mass4.5 Stars.My second favorite in this book. A boys wants claims he wants to be an astronaut when he feels a classmate is outdoing him. Years later the competition is still on. But the rules are changing as they look toward the stars together. Very cute and well written.It's Just a Jump to the Leftby Libba Bray3 starsBoys, coming of age and Rocky Horror Picture Show. Need I say more? Why are 8th graders doing these things?! This story was good but part of me was horrified that girls so young would act this way. Forget first kisses! Lets turn it up a few notches! Well written but I would have felt out of my element as a teen and as an adult, I worry for the young girls out there now if they act this way.So most of these I enjoyed. This is a more mature Young Adult novel with several of the themes. I feel Holly Black and Cecel Castellucci did a good job selecting these stories. Good variety!
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