Geekhood: Mission Improbable by Andy Robb

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Geekhood: Mission Improbable by Andy Robb

Category: Teens
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Robert James
Reviewed by Robert James
Summary: Warm and funny, this is an entertaining story which stands out both due to Robb's great narrative style and the subject matter of roleplaying. Andy Robb popped into Bookbag Towers to chat to us.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 352 Date: April 2013
Publisher: Stripes Publishing
External links: Author's website
ISBN: 978-1847153647

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Despite his efforts with Sarah at the start of term, fourteen-year-old Archie is still as geeky and as clueless about girls as ever. Then he meets Clare, a sixteen-year-old who has relationship problems of her own, and they create a fake relationship to try and get their crushes to notice them. What could possibly go wrong?

Archie's voice - split between the main narrative of the book and frequent interjections from his Interior Monologue, which tends to sarcastically put him down, and his Exterior Monologue, is fantastic. The two monologues are the kind of thing that could easily have come across as gimmicky, but in both books, Robb has really nailed them - they fit Archie's character perfectly, and make it a fun, fast paced read.

In addition to the superb voice, Geekhood has a good cast of characters - I particularly like Beggsy, who can carry on entire conversations with the use of the word Dude!, and Archie's relationship with both his parents and their new partners is really realistically handled. (His mum is absolutely adorable, while the other three are all frustrating to varying degrees but clearly care about him a lot.) In addition, Archie and his friends become involved with live action role-playing, which makes this seriously unique; it's rare enough to read about tabletop roleplaying, but Andy Robb makes the idea of LARP sound completely fascinating. While not everyone will be as keen as I was after reading it to try and find some LARP to do, I'm pretty sure that everyone will be able to relate to Archie's romantic problems, and sympathise with him as he struggles with what to do about his fake girlfriend and the girl he actually likes.

There are lots of authors out there at the moment writing wonderful contemporary books about teen boys navigating the perils of growing up - I wish I'd had anywhere near this much of a choice of books to read when I was a teen myself! - and Andy Robb is one of the best of them.

Some of those other excellent authors writing humorous books about teenage boys include Tom Clempson - check out One Seriously Messed-Up Week: in the Otherwise Mundane and Uneventful Life of Jack Samsonite by Tom Clempson - Don Calame, whose series starting with Swim the Fly is great, and Jesse Andrews, who wrote the fabulous Me and Earl and the Dying Girl.

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Bookinterviews.jpg Andy Robb was kind enough to be interviewed by Bookbag.

This review was kindly given to us by the ever-generous Ya Yeah Yeah

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