- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (1 July 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1481456539
- ISBN-13: 978-1481456531
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,187,952 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love Hardcover – 1 Jul 2016
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"With the exacting eye of an anthropologist and the generous heart of a true geek, Sarvenaz Tash has crafted something very special with The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love. Hilariously funny, heart-wrenchingly true and tender, this is a book of super-heroic achievement."--Scott Snyder, New York Times bestselling author of Batman, American Vampire and Wytches
"The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love promises romantic misadventures and pop culture references but delivers so much more. Never have I fallen in love with a group of characters so quickly. Funny, fast-paced, and full of heart, this is the kind of book you'll read in one sitting, and then be a little sad that it's over."--Paula Stokes, author of The Art of Lainey and Girl Against the Universe
"An unabashed love letter and delightful inside joke for comic enthusiasts who were fans long before Hollywood made geek culture chic. Best of all, the novel captures the joyous spirit of Comic-Con and fantasy's ability to provide its devotees with a community through which to contextualize their joys and sorrows. A lighthearted and engaging romp for anyone who loves Spidey and Mary Jane's upside-down kiss in the rain."--Kirkus Reviews
"A quick and fun read."--School Library Journal
*"As Tash introduces a cast of charming, goofy, and diverse characters, she uses the hopeful voice of a young man in the throes of first love to gently poke fun at fandom while celebrating the passion and camaraderie of the community."--Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW
About the Author
Sarvenaz Tash was born in Tehran, Iran, and grew up on Long Island, New York. She received her BFA in Film and Television from New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. This means she got to spend most of college running around and making movies. (It was a lot of fun.) She has dabbled in all sorts of writing, including screenwriting, copywriting, and professional tweeting. Sarvenaz currently lives in Brooklyn, New York.
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There are lots of touching and authentic feeling moments and the whole story has a rather wistful and whimsical undertone that works quite well with the characters and their muted but somehow also intense relationship. This is perfectly charming and upbeat, and really very kind and generous to all of the players, including the supporting cast.
What probably moves this onto a higher plane for many readers is its unabashed celebration of all things geeky, (mostly in the comics world). All of the important scenes, indeed pretty much all of the scenes in the book, take place at the New York Comic Con. So, apart from the action essential to the plot a lot of the book is devoted to all of the different, unique and colorful aspects of such conventions - the panels, the Cosplay and costumes, camping out the night before, the autograph booths, lines for seminars, lunging for tickets to limited access events, the tight schedules, and so on. Beyond that, the excitement and fervor of true geeks comes across with cheerful energy.
So, a fine romance with a few lessons learned all the way around, no debilitating heartbreak, a sense that tomorrow will be another day, and a fond and affectionate sendup of a perfect geek weekend. What's not to like?
(Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book without a review requirement, or any influence regarding review content should I choose to post a review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)
Graham has the perfect plan for how to tell his best friend Roxy he loves her. It’s going to be so amazing that she’ll be swept of her feet and in his arms. Like the romantic movies basically. Only if you’ve ever been to any kind of Con, you’ll know that planning and execution don’t match up. Also people, even those you think you know really well don’t behave the way you plan.
I pretty much loved Sarvenaz Tash book from the start. It has all the ingredients: 3D characters (not just Graham and Roxy but everybody), great pacing, excellent location, character growth, ‘aww’ moments, COSTUMES and I adored the story. When you leave the book feeling like you’ve made friends it’s pretty good.
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The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love (by the way, who does NOT love that title??? Just gives you a hint to what goodies are inside) is an absolutely endearing story of Graham and his undying love for his best friend Roxy. They have grown up together but recently, Graham has realized he has more feelings for her than just friendship. He knows the perfect venue to profess his love to her for the first time-- New York's Comic Con. They are not only best friends but partners in writing and illustrating graphical novels, and they have both been looking forward to this event for ages. But Graham's elaborate schemes go awry the moment they set foot in Comic Con. Will Graham find a way to tell Roxy his feelings? Will they be returned? Will Graham figure out something about himself and relationships in the process?
I love love love loved this book. OMG. I literally squealed and hugged the book to my chest after I finished. There is something just so absolutely wonderful about how Tash embraces the geek culture in such a loving way-- and I feel like even people not familiar with this world will be fascinated by it. The characters are so realistic and I wish Graham had a crush on ME growing up, what a fantastic guy. I have to say my favorite side character was Felicia, who I believe also has a big story to tell, so I'm crossing my fingers and toes that she'll get a companion novel all to herself. The details ring true and the book has loads of verisimilitude, and after reading this, I want to go to Comic Con! The idealistic nature of the characters where anything is possible will melt the most hardened cynic, and this makes me believe that maybe one day, if I can get my act together, maybe I too can fulfill a long term dream of publishing a book with a partner in crime. :-)
Also take note of all the chapter headings. It's a sweet bundle of Easter eggs for your inner geek that goes along with the whole theme of the book.
And the ending... it was the perfect ending to this book, and I'm so glad that Tash decided what she did. I debated whether or not to give away the ARC, but I have to admit, with this book I'm unabashably selfish. I have bought three hard copies for myself and to spread the word to friends with the finished product. You all MUST pick up this book, and it should go at the top of your TBR pile!
Overall, one of my favorite reads of the year, with pitch perfect characters, dialogue, and atmosphere, and heart warming plot line that will keep you cheering until the end for the incredibly adorable Graham. Tash is definitely an author to watch and I will pick up every book she writes in the future.
The thing that I loved the most about The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love, besides the characters (more on that below), is that it isn’t a coming of age book. It isn’t a book about comic nerds. It isn’t even a true love story/romance. The Geek’s Guide is a book that is real. Things in life don’t always go as planned. You don’t always win the big game, or get into the school of your dreams. You don’t always get the girl or get something you are hoping for. Life just doesn’t work that way. You have to adapt and move on and come up with a new plan or idea. Tash captured that to perfection with Graham’s story. Nothing went the poor kid’s way. Everything that could go wrong for him did, but he just kept on going. Whether he was mad or sad or hurt or happy, he just kept on going like we all have to do.
Actually Graham was the one character that made the book for me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Roxy and co., but Graham was like a red headed Seth Cohen (and let’s face it Seth Cohen made geeky hot). He had this inner dialogue that just killed me. He was quirky and funny and charming. I liked him immediately and he truly made me giggle throughout the book. And his knowledge of pop-culture…OH MY GOD! So epic. Graham was the perfect kind of character to control this kind of story and I kind of love him (and the rest of them).
Basically this book was just what I needed to reminded me about the ups and downs of life and love and friendship. Sarvenez crafted a book that is so perfect (sorry Felicia) that I need everyone to read it and be smitten with me. To be honest I knew I would love it after Three Day Summer, but I didn’t know I would end up being as over the moon about it as I was. If Tash’s books are not on your radar you need to fix that immediately. She is one author that is doing great, great things. Now go and read her books!