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Geektastic: Stories From The Nerd Herd - Isbn:9780316052627

  • Book Title: Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd
  • ISBN 13: 9780316052627
  • ISBN 10: 0316052620
  • Author: Holly Black, Cecil Castellucci
  • Category: Young Adult Fiction
  • Category (general): Young Adult Fiction
  • Publisher: Hachette UK
  • Format & Number of pages: 416 pages, book
  • Synopsis: Libba Bray is the author of the New York Times bestselling Gemma Doyle Trilogy, which includes the novels A Great and Terrible Beauty, Rebel Angels, and The Sweet Far Thing. She is also the author of the comedic novel, Going Bovine.

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Geektastic: Stories From The Nerd Herd

Acclaimed authors Holly Black (Ironside ) and Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof ) have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr.

With illustrated interstitials from comic book artists Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O'Malley, Geektastic covers all things geeky, from Klingons and Jedi Knights to fan fiction, theater geeks, and cosplayers. Whether you're a former, current, or future geek, or if you just want to get in touch with your inner geek, Geektastic will help you get your geek on!

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Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd by Holly Black

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd

Overall, dreary and disappointing. Though there are a few funny and creative stories, especially early on, I found most of them cliched, depressing or both. Some of the characters are really unlikeable, and their creators seem to have confused two kinds of people:

-- folks of all ages who love nerding out on books, movies, technology, etc. who can come off as socially awkward because they don’t happen to have people skills and/or really don’t care about boring chitchat or looking cool

-- teenagers who are pathetic, maladjusted, angst-ridden and/or completely divorced from reality, some of whom see nothing wrong with lying, stealing or being generally horrible to other people.

It’s not that geeks can’t also be jerks. But it’s the same way that Catholics can also be motorcycle enthusiasts; membership in one group doesn’t automatically mean membership in another. So to find such stereotypical and downright unpleasant characters in an anthology named “Geektastic” is off-putting and, at least for this geek, not worth the read. ( )

Like most collections, this has its good stories and its bad.

It begins with the punchy "Once You're a Jedi, You're a Jedi All the Way," a really enjoyable piece by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci. I loved it because it was both about geekery (Klingons vs Jedi, the ideas of the purpose behind anger and gender in Star Wars vs Star Trek) and about being a young adult geek. It felt fresh and imaginative, and not only did I like the main characters, but I got a good feel for them, too.

The cartoons by Bryan Lee O'Malley, Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci are funny and cute, and are a great divider between each story.
Sadly, the next few aren't so good.

In Tracy Lynn's "One of Us," a cheerleader pays a group of geeks to teach her how to appreciate her boyfriend's geeky pursuits. Completely reliant upon stereotypes, with a very cliched "teen movie" sort of plot.

Surprisingly, Scott Westerfeld's "Definitional Chaos" is probably the weakest of the bunch. 20 pages of breaking down the very basic differences between alignments. The characters are completely unbelievable--I couldn't figure out what age they were supposed to be, let alone anything else about them.

Cassandra Clare's "I Never," about two girls who go to a meetup for their internet rping group, is pretty banal. I didn't like the characters, but the basic story is good.

"The King of Pelinesse" by M.T. Anderson is really well written, but not to my taste. A teenager in the 1940s/50s(?) finds out that his favorite author has been having an affair with his mom. An interesting insight into pulp fantasy novels and a long-gone historical period.
I liked "The Wrath of Dawn," by the Leitich Smiths. I got a real feel for the characters and their problems.

I also really liked "Quiz Bowl Antichrist" by David Levithan, about the inner works of a quiz bowl team. I found this to be the most important story of the collection, the one I wish more geeks would read and understand. The difference between snark and humor, the anger underpinning sarcasm, the relative importance of trivia, and owning up to one's own identity as a geek.

Garth Nix's "The Quiet Knight" is a short, sweet little tale about using lessons from role-playing in "real life". As someone who learned most of my social skills and confidence from LARPing, I really liked this.

"Everyone But You" by Lisa Yee is about a poor pep squad girl from Ohio who moves to Hawai'i, where she finds that everything that made her cool now makes her mockable.

"Secret Identity" by Kelly Link is terrible and inexplicable and seems to go on forever .

"Freak the Geek" by John Green, contains some really great moments that read very true to me. To whit: "No one would think of me as pretty at Hoover. Being pretty here involves so much more than just being pretty, and frankly I don't have time for it." and the fights between the geeks about whose fault it is that they're being targeted.

"The Truth About Dino Girl" by Barry Lyga is terrible terrible terrible. And here is why. Because I really liked the first thirty pages, about a girl whose love of dinosaurs is matched only by her crush on a popular boy. I liked the girl, I liked her inner monologue and her smarts and her lack of social graces. But then, she decides to get even. And she does it by pasting pictures of her nemesis everywhere, with "DO YOU LIKE SEX? SHE DOES. TRUST ME--SHE LOVES IT. I KNOW FROM EXPERIENCE--COUNTLESS TIMES. " written underneath. And the girl's life is ruined, because everyone thinks she's a slut. hahah! Such a fabulous revenge, right? I mean, there's pretty much nothing better than slut-shaming! And now the geek girl has her revenge and social confidence! Yay! And by "yay" I mean I want to vomit with rage.

There is no reason to read "This is My Audition Monologue" by Sara Zarr.

"The Stars at the Finish Line" by Wendy Mass is a really sweet story about two kids who have been rivals for years, because they each want to be an astronaut, and to be an astronaut you have to be the best.

Libba Bray's "It's Just a Jump to the Left," is about Rocky Horror fans and that uncomfortable period between playing with dolls and understanding sex jokes. ( )

This collection started out with stories about cosplayers, role-players, Trekkers and LOTR fans, which wasn't entirely how I defined geek. But then came stories about the studious, shy, overly earnest and awkward, and the collection balanced out. Personal faves: "One of Us" (about a cheerleader being tutored by SF/fantasy geeks so she can impress her boyfriend) and "Everyone But You" (a Midwest baton geek moves to Hawaii and has to adjust to the island style of life). ( )

I started this and really had a hard time getting into it. So I skipped and tried to just read the stories by my faves (since Barry Lyga, David Levithan, M.T. Anderson and John Freakin' Green are among the writers of these short stories!), and found I could not even get through John Green's story! Talk about heart break! I know it is largely me as most of the stories deal with Klingons and Star Wars and D & D and other fantasy elements--stuff I just can't get into! I also think maybe I don't like short stories very well. So, if you are a sci-fi fanatic or a short story lover in general, you might really like this book. ( )

I started this and really had a hard time getting into it. So I skipped and tried to just read the stories by my faves (since Barry Lyga, David Levithan, M.T. Anderson and John Freakin' Green are among the writers of these short stories!), and found I could not even get through John Green's story! Talk about heart break! I know it is largely me as most of the stories deal with Klingons and Star Wars and D & D and other fantasy elements--stuff I just can't get into! I also think maybe I don't like short stories very well. So, if you are a sci-fi fanatic or a short story lover in general, you might really like this book. ( )

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Acclaimed authors Holly Black (Ironside ) and Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof ) have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr.

With illustrated interstitials from comic book artists Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O'Malley, Geektastic covers all things geeky, from Klingons and Jedi Knights to fan fiction, theater geeks, and cosplayers. Whether you're a former, current, or future geek, or if you just want to get in touch with your inner geek, Geektastic will help you get your geek on!

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Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd
by Holly Black (Editor), Cecil Castellucci (Editor), M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray. Cassandra Clare. John Green. Cynthia Leitich Smith, Greg Leitich Smith. David Levithan. Kelly Link, Barry Lyga. Tracy Lynn, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix. Scott Westerfeld, Lisa Yee. Sara Zarr, Hope Larson (Illustrator), Bryan Lee O'Malley (Illustrator) …

Acclaimed authors Holly Black (Ironside) and Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof) have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr.

With illustrated interstitials from comic book artists Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O'Malley, Geektastic covers all things geeky, from Klingons and Jedi Knights to fan fiction, theater geeks, and cosplayers. Whether you're a former, current, or future geek, or if you just want to get in touch with your inner geek, Geektastic will help you get your geek on!

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Geektastic: Stories From the Nerd Herd


geek. 1. a person often of intellectual bent who is disapproved of 2. a person who is so passionate about a given subject or subjects as to occasionally cause annoyance among others

geektastic. marked by fantastic geek qualities; a compliment of the highest regard

Acclaimed authors Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci have united in geekdom to bring together short stories from some of the best-selling and most promising players in young adult literature, including stories from the following geeks: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Tracy Lynn, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfeld, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr.

Geektastic covers all things geeky, from Klingons and Jedi Knights to fan fiction, theater geeks, and cosplayers. Whether you're a former, current, or future geek, or if you just want to get in touch with your inner geek, Geektastic will help you get your geek on!

I was in love with this book as soon as I pulled it out of the mailbox. Everything I saw at first glance was perfect, the title, the subtitle, and the cover art. I find it difficult to review a collection, because I want to talk about each story individually, but that would take seven million light years. So here are some of my favorites:

One of Us by Tracy Lynn
This was about a popular cheerleader desperately trying to connect with her jock-football-and-Star-Wars-obsessed boyfriend. So she turned to the expert geeks, and paid them to teach her how to be a geek. I found this absolutely hysterical. The whole plot was wonderful, and the individual geeks in it who each had different areas of expertise was genius.

The Stars at the Finish Line by Wendy Mass
I actually related well to this story. Two geniuses vied for the grades, the colleges, and ultimately, who got to be an astronaut. Mass portrayed the sense of competition among teens well, and how much pressure is on kids to do everything perfectly. I loved the constant rivalry between the two characters, and felt close to them even though I only had twenty or so pages to get to know them.

Freak the Geek by John Green
I'll admit it. I'm a HUGE John Green fan. I've read everything he's written, and I was astounded once again. Freak the Geek was a phrase used by popular kids to let geeks know they were about to get freaked. If you think about it, it's the dumbest thing ever, but so dumb, that it's hysterical. I actually laughed out loud when the two geeks pondered that question themselves. No wonder Green is amazing.

All in all, I wasn't disappointed, and loved it just as much as I thought I would. Hands down a 5!

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Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd

Acclaimed authors Holly Black (Ironside ) and Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof ) have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, JohnMore Acclaimed authors Holly Black (Ironside ) and Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof ) have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, John Green, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr.

With illustrated interstitials from comic book artists Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O'Malley, Geektastic covers all things geeky, from Klingons and Jedi Knights to fan fiction, theater geeks, and cosplayers. Whether you're a former, current, or future geek, or if you just want to get in touch with your inner geek, Geektastic will help you get your geek on!
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Tamora Pierce rated it really liked it

over 7 years ago

This is a combination of short stories and single-page graphic humor ("Ten Words or Phrases You Should Know in Klingon," "What to Remember When Going to a Convention," "What Kind of Geek Are You?") that should go like gangbusters with middle grade and even early high scho. Read full review

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almost 3 years ago

Recommended to Wealhtheow by: Trin

Like most collections, this has its good stories and its bad.

It begins with the punchy "Once You're a Jedi, You're a Jedi All the Way," a really enjoyable piece by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci. I loved it because it was both about geekery (Klingons vs Jedi, the idea. Read full review

Kogiopsis rated it did not like it

This is an awkward book to review.

I first read this back in 2009, as the two galleys sent to the library teen group were passed around enthusiastically from member to member. I can’t remember any of us disliking it - we all saw something of ourselves in this book, and it. Read full review

Cara rated it it was ok

over 2 years ago

Recommends it for: For true geeks

I seriously thought I wasn't going to be able to finish this book. I had gotten to around page 60 and I felt like I wasn't going to be able to connect with these stories. In a way I'm glad I pushed through it but I wasn't as happy with it like I thought I would be.

Melody rated it really liked it

over 6 years ago

It probably says more about me than about the book that the first, most important thing I need to say about it is that John Green, in his story 'Freak the Geek' got his facts about Aragorn and Arwen from LotR wrong. The story of their wedding is not told in the appendix. Read full review

Kim rated it it was amazing

about 5 years ago

It’s 7:55am. I’m at the light at Susie Wilson Road. (Local folklore states that Susie Wilson was the town Madam. Bit of trivia for you there…) I woke up 10 minutes ago, showered, dropped my kid off at school and here I wait. I hate this light. I hate driving. Most of all. Read full review

AennA rated it really liked it

over 4 years ago

I would like to believe that we all are geeks at a certain degree. We may not be like the stereotype geeks but we geek when something hit our geeky nerves. Geektastic is a fantastic tool to wake up the sleeping geeks inside us. Reading this book helped me get in touch wit. Read full review

Mike rated it really liked it

over 3 years ago

As its name suggests, this anthology consists of 15 stories about geeks. There are a lot of different kinds, with a main focus on sci-fi fans. I thought that the stories would get repetitive and the geeks would be cliched, and while there was some of that, it. Read full review

Criss rated it it was ok

about 4 years ago

Like others, I didn't connect to all the stories; I don't think I qualify as a "geek" (in high school I was more the Sweet Valley High type than the Star Trek type) but that didn't stop me from enjoying the stories.

Until I got to "The Truth About Dino Girl."

Jamie rated it really liked it

about 1 year ago

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. Read full review

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Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd - Ed. Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci

This is an amazing collection of fiction with everything from sci-fi conventions, to cheerleaders, to star gazing and prep schools. Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci came up with the idea for the first story in this collection in 2007 at Comic-Con in San Diego. The story would be a nerd love story - a Jedi and a Klingon wake up in bed at a Science Fiction convention together not remembering exactly what happened. They realize that their preferred alternate realities, theologies and practices are diametrically opposed, and yet they find they like each other. But soon upon having the idea for the story they realized nob ody would publish it, so they went to their geek friends far and wide and asked them to contribute to a collection, and what an amazing collection it is.

To be honest, I picked it up because Holly Black was one of the editors and I generally really appreciate and enjoy her work. And yet it surpassed all my expectations; I plan on tracking down works from a number of contributors and reading them from the pieces found in this collection. Their work will be great. The contributors are:

And between each short story is a comic, illustrated either by Bryan Lee O'Malley or Hope Larson. The back of the dust jacket gives definitions of both geek and geektastic. They are:

Geek \gek\ n: 1. A person often of an intellectual bent who is disliked 2. A person who is so passionate about a given subject or subjects as to occasionally cause annoyance among others

geek-tas-tic \ gek-tas-tic\ adj: marked by fantastic geek qualities; a compliment of the highest regard

Number 1. From geek might be is a real definition. This book will help make the others so as well. For geek is the new chic. To be a geek is n ow cool and this collection has something for every flavor of geek: Star Trek, Star Wars, Dr. Who, Comics, and much, much more. I was surprised that I enjoyed every story in the collection. Usually with anthologies, a few stories stick out as great, a few suck and a few are ok. I actually appreciate the art of each piece in the collection. That speaks much about the editors but also the authors that contributed. Reading this collection brought back memories of high school, Queen's University and my time here at UWaterloo. Just as a side note, the images on the covers are representations of our contributors, and there are a few different versions of the covers because the figures are not always in the same order. Each represents the story they told or the characters in those stories. It's geeky but fun to link them together as you work through the book. And as a second aside, I would love to see an audio book come out either as dramatized or each author reading their piece.

Knowing I will not do them justice, I will try to provide a brief summary of each of the stories in this wonderful collection.

Once You're a Jedi, You're a Jedi All the Way
Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci have woven a wonderful tale about different world views colliding and then settling. It is an excellent story of a Jedi and a Klingon who fall in love. As the best stories do, it leaves you wanting to know what happens next. Black is best known for her part in the duo that created The Spiderwick Chronicles. and Castelluci has won awards for both her novels and graphic novels. By far, this is one of my favorite pieces in the collection.

One of Us
In this interesting story by Tracy Lynn. a cheerleader goes to the Games club so they can teach her Geek. Her boyfriend is into Original Trek. and the Lord of the Rings. She wants to understand him better so she pays the geeks to teach her. They set up a schedule to teach her - movies, tv, comics and more. She is doing this for love, but as many of us know, at times, love sucks. Lynn has published numerous books including Snow. RX. and The Nine Lives of Chloe .

Definitional Chaos
Can a last kiss ever be good? In this story Scott Westerfeld takes us on an adventure between two people who were once in a relationship and are now trusted with taking eighty-four thousand dollars by train to pay for convention fees. He doesn't trust her, and she loves pushing his buttons. But in reality she is looking for resolution to their already-ended relationship. It is a great story and would read a little like a Robert B. Parker story if he spoke geek instead of just tough. Westerfeld is the author of So Yesterday. Peeps and The Last Day .

I Never
Cassandra Clare is bestselling author of City of Bones. City of Ashes and City of Glass (Not to be confused with Douglas Coupland's book by the same title.) This again is another love story but about two people from an online game who meet at a gatheri ng of members from the game. It does not go nearly as planned. Jane was in the online game playing as who she is in the real word and her Heathcliff is not, or at least not who she thinks Heathcliff is. It is fun, funny and quirky in the way that is best enjoyed by those who have met in real life someone they met online previously.

The King of Plinesse
Having met a number of the authors I really appreciate, I have enjoyed the experience. I have however never gone to one's house to meet them unannounced. Of course it might be different if I was under the impression the author in question had had an affair with my mother. It is interesting that M.T. Anderson writes a story about a fan contacting an author when he is the only contributor to the collection without a personal or professional website I could find. It is an interesting story but in my opinion it is the weakest in the collection. (Website released late march 2010.)

The Wrath of Dawn
This story by Cynthia Leitich Smith and Greg Leitich Smith is both about the geek and the blended family. It is the story of a Dawn who relates to Dawn from Buffy, and yet it has a strength and power in her protestations over her situation in life. A good well-balanced story.

Quiz Bowl Antichrist
My favorite quote from this whole book comes from this story: "My social status was the same as a water fountain in the hall - people were happy enough I was there when they needed me, but otherwise they walked on by." This story written by David Levithan is about sexuality and self discovery. It is about a boy who doesn't realize it, but he is in love with one of the other boys on the Quiz Bowl team, and that is really the only reason he does it. Things come to a head when the team has traveled to compete in the nationals. The story is well and tastefully done by the author of such books as Boy Meets Boy. the Realm of Possibility and Marley's Ghost to name but a few.

The Quiet Knight
It is hard to imagine someone who likes science fiction or fantasy who has not heard of Garth Nix. This is a great story for anyone who wanted to fight in armor or play with swords. The Quiet Knight had damaged vocal cords but he loves to role play, especially simulated battles. But his role playing world and his life at school are about to collide. It is definitely one of the top 3 stories in the collection.

Everyone But You
Lisa Yee creates a story about a girl who is the queen bee at her current highschool but when her family moves to Hawaii she becomes the lowest on the school totem pole. But it is also the story of her learning what really matters and how to face adversity. This is a good story by author of Millicent Min. Stanford Wong Flunks Big-Time and Absolutely Maybe.

Secret Identity
Kelly Link writes a story that is a long, rambling letter from a 15 year old girl who had pretended to be much older in an online game. Then when she sneaks off to New York to meet her online romance, things do not go as planned, and this story is her true confession. It is a story with superheroes, (of the convention kind) and personalities both flamboyant and somber. It is the longest piece in the collection and has a certain charm, but not one of the best. Link has authored Pretty Monsters and Stranger Things Happen (both of which are reminiscent of Chuck Palahniuk books Invisible Monsters and Stranger than Fiction .)

Freak the Geek
In one of the shortest pieces in the collection John Green presents a story about life at a girls' prep school - a story where the senior class picks two geeks to pick on as part of the school's tradition. It is told from the perspective of those to be freaked. John Green is award-winning author of Looking for Alaska. An Abundance of Katherines and Paper Towns .

The Truth About Dino Girl
Revenge of the Nerd, told from a girl's perspective is the best way to describe this story by Barry Lyga. They say Revenge is a dish best served cold. In this one, be cautious of the woman wronged, especially if that woman is a geek. This is a dark tale of what people can do to each other after being hurt. It is a powerf ul piece of storytelling, and captures the damage that a few words or actions can cause. Lyga is the author of The Astonishing adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl .

This is My Audition Monologue
This story was the one I enjoyed the least. Sara Zarr presents a piece about a drama club person who is auditioning in her senior year. She does a long rambling piece about her 4 years doing behind the scene work for school plays, and that the guy who was electrocuted last year doing lighting should have been her. With lots of pop culture, film and theatre reference, it is an ok piece, just did not appeal to me. Zarr has two critically-acclaimed novels, Sweethearts and Story of a Gi rl. She has also contributed to numerous anthologies.

The Stars at the Finish Line
Wendy Mass is the author of eight novels including A Mango-Shaped Space. Jeremy Find and Heaven Looks A Lot Like The Mall. This is the story of two young people who have been competing since the 4th grade, and now in their final year realize they are more alike than different. They go on a field trip to try to complete the Messier Marathon. This ranks as one of the top three stories for me - fantastic storytelling and amazing information on astronomy.

It's Just a Jump to the Left
This is a short story with young girls who weekly attend the Rocky Horror Picture Show. They both wish life were different and for their age are dealing with major things in life. But the weekly trips to the show, dress ed up in costume, are what unites them together and sets them apart. Libba Bray writes a very interesting piece dealing with many issues, disease, hope, despair and frustration.

This is an amazing collection both because of the individual pieces, and because it can introduce you to so many new authors to pursue. It is well written and very well edited. Pick it up for either your outer geek or your secret, hidden inner geek. I am sure there is something you will enjoy, laugh at, or maybe even cry with.

(First Published in Imprint 2010-01-15.)

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Alecappears in Quiz Bowl Antichrist

Alec is the narrator and a member of his school's quiz bowl team. Alec is mortified that Sung Kim, the leader of their quiz bowl team, petitions to be allowed to get a varsity jacket. Alec is the team's alternate who was drafted by Mr. Phillips, their coach, for his knowledge of English Literature, and he agrees because it will look good on college applications, he enjoys his literary knowledge, and he has a crush on another member, Damien Bloom. Alec is hopeful that he will get to share a hotel room with Damien when their team goes to Indianapolis for Nationals, but as Nationals draw near, Sung begins quizzing everyone in the hallways, irritating Alec who reacts by purposefully answering questions incorrectly until Damien chides him for his behavior. Alec is furious when he learns that Sung will be rooming with Damien while he is stuck with Wes. At the Quiz Bowl Social their first night in Indianapolis, Alec's mind is preoccupied with Damien who seems worried about something else while the rest of their team has a good time, so Alec and Damien go to Damien's room to watch a movie. The next day, Sung's team wins their first three matches, but during the last match of the day, Alec buzzes in for a science question and answers it incorrectly. Their team manages to win, barely, so Sung calls an emergency meeting where he yells at Alec for answering a science question. This leads to an argument which results in Alec telling Sung that quiz bowl does not matter since they only memorize the knowledge instead of doing anything useful with it.

Alec goes to dinner with Damien and Wes while the rest of the team goes out to eat with Sung. Alec feels bad about answering the question wrong. Damien and Wes try to cheer him up, teasing him by calling him the Quiz Bowl Antichrist. As Alec talks to Wes, he realizes that Damien is one of the reasons he joined quiz bowl, and he hopes that Damien finds him interesting. After dinner, Damien and Alec decide to watch TV in Damien's room again, but they walk in on Sung making out with Frances. Alec mocks Sung until Damien pulls him away and accuses him of having no heart. Alec is distraught that Damien would say such a thing, but since he cannot tell Damien what is really in his heart, he rushes to his room and locks himself in the bathroom. Thinking of Frances, Alec feels bad and wonders if he really doesn't have a heart, but when he asks Wes, Wes says that he is just very angry and suggests that Alec believes that no one will see him as a quiz bowl geek if he makes fun of Sung, the ultimate quiz bowl geek. Wes also notes that Damien likes girls. Practice is tense as half of the team is mad at one another, but Alec feels like he might be worth saving when he looks at Wes. After practice, Damien apologizes to Alec for the way he talked to him, and Alec agrees that he should not have been so mean to Sung and Frances. Their team loses the semifinals, but the local newspaper still takes their picture in which Wes and Alec look happy, as if only they are privy to some private joke.

Felicityappears in Everyone But You

Felicity is the narrator who moves from Asher, OH to Maui, HI when Mom marries Mr. Hunter. Felicity's family is poor because her brother, Carl, was born brain damaged, and Dad left because he could not deal with the situation. When Mr. Hunter has a stroke on an airplane and Mom, his Emergency Room nurse, is credited with saving his life, he proposes to her, so Mom marries the rich old man on the verge of death. Felicity worries about moving from Asher, OH to Mr. Hunter's home in Maui, HI. She is very popular in Asher because of her talent at baton twirling. During her first day at Kahanamoku Academy, Felicity is distraught to learn that the school does not have a band. Felicity tries to make friends by demonstrating what she has to offer, twirling her baton as she walks through the hallways, but after two days of having her baton taken, she leaves it at home. Felicity does not understand her new school since being peppy makes her unpopular, but she develops a crush on Kai Risdale, a beautiful, popular student. Felicity grows excited when Kai announces that everyone is invited to a party at his house, but when she tries to join them, Kai clarifies that he meant "everyone but you" (page 208). Kai also insists that Felicity's name is "Fellatio" which is soon shortened to "BJ". Felicity is miserable, but she turns her focus to her studies, determined to get accepted to a good college.

During the last semester of her junior year, Felicity spends her afternoons twirling in the park. One day, she drops it because she sees Kai and his friends, but when Kai tries to grab it, she whacks him upside the head with her baton. Kai says she is lucky he does not hit girls, but Felicity retorts that he is lucky she does not hit girls either, so Kai laughs and says she is alright. Later, an old man named Jimmy asks if Felicity has ever twirled fire, suggesting Auntie Alea's Luau where Felicity becomes the youngest baton flame twirler and the only white one. She also befriends another employee, Danny, who happens to be in her AP English class. When Kai and his friends come to the luau, they are impressed with Felicity's skills, but when Kai tries to hit on Felicity, she dumps a bottle of water over his head. After graduating as one of four valedictorians, Felicity is reluctant to leave the island, but her mother insists she should go places since Mom and Carl are grounded to Hawaii. Mom and Carl see her off at the airport, but Carl becomes agitated as Felicity explains why she has to leave. Finally, she hands him her lucky baton, though she knows she will never get it back. It now belongs to the brother she kisses goodbye. Felicity does not plan to continue twirling in college because she wants to see what else is out there.

Billie Faggartappears in Secret Identity

Billie Faggart is the fifteen-year-old narrator who travels to New York City to meet her online boyfriend, Paul Zell, in person. Billie Faggart writes an email to Paul Zell to tell him about their first attempt to meet in person. They met online in FarAway, but Billie pretended to be her older sister because she is only sixteen years old and Paul is thirty-four. When Billie gets to the hotel in New York City where she is supposed to meet Paul for dinner, the hotel clerk, Aliss, glares at a guy behind her whose name is Conrad who apologizes insincerely for standing her up. Aliss and several other people ask Billie if she is there to audition for sidekick as there is a superhero convention going on at the hotel. When Aliss hands Billie her hotel key and room number which Paul supposedly left for her, Billie takes the elevator upstairs with Conrad who tries to be charming in vain. In the room, Billie goes through Paul's suitcase, finding a diamond engagement ring buried at the bottom of his bag. After a nap, she talks to Aliss for a bit and is threatened not to hook up with Conrad. Billie arrives at the Golden Lotus where she is supposed to meet Paul at 6 p.m. but when he has not arrived by 7:30 p.m. she returns to the room and gets drunk off the liquor in the minibar, donning the engagement ring on her toe. Billie has vague memories of someone caring for her in her drunken stupor, but when she wakes, Paul's suitcase is gone and the room is empty. After she showers, Billie goes to Starbucks where Conrad joins her and insists on talking to her because Aliss can see them and he knows it will make her jealous. Billie tells Conrad about her plans with Paul, so he takes her to the kitchen where she meets Ernesto who provides her with a cure for her hangover. Conrad and Ernesto tease Billie about coming to meet a pervert she met online, but they believe Paul Zell and Billie are both superheroes, so frustrated, Billie eventually concedes that everyone is a superhero. Conrad invites Billie to a party later before going to school, and Billie spends the afternoon alone at Bryant Park, watching the chess players, which she and Paul had planned to do.

Back at the hotel, Aliss harasses Billie about Conrad, but Billie shows her the ring and tells her that Conrad was planning to give it to Aliss tonight. Aliss convinces Billie to go to Conrad's party with her, but Billie is uncomfortable when Conrad insists on introducing her as his sidekick for the night. When she tries to leave, Conrad follows and insists on showing her Ernesto's butter sculptures in the freezer; however, when he breaks the sculptures and launches butter at her, Billie locks him in the freezer for a bit. She releases him for fear that he will destroy all of the sculptures, but when Conrad claims that he and Ernesto are not friends like he and Billie are, Billie argues that they are not friends. Conrad insists that they will meet again, either as nemeses or in order to team up and save the world. Billie leaves a note for Ernesto, apologizing for ruining the butter sculptures, and she catches a bus home. At home, Billie receives an email from Paul Zell claiming he never made it to New York because he had an emergency appendectomy, and though she is relieved at first that they can pretend none of this happened, she realizes that would make Paul Zell pretty pathetic, so she writes him. She tells him that one day she will be older, and she has to believe that Conrad was right about people meeting again because Billie travelled to New York because she loves Paul Zell. On her eighteenth birthday, she plans to return to Bryant Park with her chess set and wait all day, ending her letter with "Your move, Paul Zell" (page 268).

Leta Millerappears in It's Just a Jump to the Left

Leta Miller is the main character of "It's Just a Jump to the Left." Best friends Agnes and Leta have been going to "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" every Friday for months, and they are furious when Jennifer Pomhultz starts attending and acts like she has been a Rocky devotee for years. The two eighth-grade best friends made a pact to get their first kisses by the end of the school year, and Leta hopes hers will be with Tom Van Dyke, a junior who works at the concession stand in the Cineplex. Leta makes a fool of herself when ordering her food from Tom, but she is furious inside the theater when she sees Jennifer mimicking Columbia's moves because Columbia's role belongs to Leta. As Agnes and Leta wait for their ride home, Roger asks Agnes on a date, and Agnes accepts. Two weeks later, Agnes and Leta get into a fight when Agnes tells her friend that she cannot go to see "Rocky Horror" next Friday because she is going to a party with Roger instead. After student teacher Miss Shelton asks how Steely Dan's music makes her class feel, Cawley Franklin tells Leta that he does not know how the music makes him feel because he was busy looking at Miss Shelton's breasts. The next day, Leta tells Agnes that she let Roger finger her, but she makes her best friend promise not to tell anyone; however, Leta tells Cawley when she sees him at the Popcorn Players Community Theater where she spends her Wednesday afternoons. Cawley asks if Leta has ever done that, and when she admits she has never been kissed, he takes her to a rarely used men's restroom and kisses her. Leta feels awkward with Cawley afterward and rushes to her mom's car, pretending not to hear him calling after her. When Leta tells Agnes about the kiss, Agnes laughs at the thought of Leta kissing "Creepy Cawley", and by the end of the phone conversation, Leta finds the thought of Cawley to be untolerable.

When Leta goes to "Rocky Horror" alone on Friday night, she runs into Miss Shelton and her college friends who invite Leta to sit with them. Tom questions Leta about who she was talking to, and he joins them near the end of the movie, flirting with Miss Shelton. After the film, Tom says they should do this again, and Leta agrees, but Tom insists Miss Shelton be there too. On Wednesday, Cawley invites Leta to "Rocky Horror" on Friday, claiming that she has to take Jennifer down because Jennifer is planning to dance with the regulars as Columbia. Leta claims she cannot make it, but that night, she dyes and cuts her hair to match a picture of Columbia. On Friday night, as Leta looks for Tom's car, Cawley startles her when he approaches and suggests they can sit together, but she tells him she is waiting for another guy, so he leaves her alone. Leta finds Tom in the field behind the Cineplex where he gets high with some older kids. Miss Shelton joins them, but when Leta insists on making it to the movie on time, Miss Shelton and Tom leave together. Leta is upset that she sneaks in late and does not get to show off her new hair and clothes. Later that night, Leta finds Agnes sitting on her porch. Agnes tells her that she lost her virginity to Roger, but she cries because "I'm different now. I can't go back" (page 399). Agnes asks to stay the night at Leta's house, and after Leta agrees, the girls spend the night catching up on gossip.

Chung Aeappears in Once You're a Jedi, You're Always a Jedi

Chung Ae, AKA Arizhel, is the Klingon girl who gets drunk and spends the night with Thomas, eventually accepting the fact that she likes her enemy.

Thomasappears in Once You're a Jedi, You're Always a Jedi

Thomas is the Jedi apprentice who likes Chung Ae and is okay with his new attraction to the dark side.

Montgomery K. Bushnellappears in One of Us

Montgomery K. Bushnell is the head cheerleader who hires a group of geeks to teach her about science fiction so she can impress her boyfriend who is into "Star Trek." She studies hard and befriends the nerds, learning to appreciate their love for their obsessions with sci-fi.

Ryanappears in One of Us

Ryan is Montgomery's boyfriend for whom she learns about sci-fi from a group of geeks at their school, but he cheats on Montgomery with her best friend.

Micaappears in One of Us

Mica is one of the geeks who tutors Montgomery, and she develops a crush on him.

Ellenappears in One of Us

Ellen is one of the geeks who tutors Montgomery, but they become friends, and Ellen offers to let Montgomery give her a makeover.

Lexia Tollmanappears in Definitional Chaos

Lexia Tollman is the narrator's ex-girlfriend who joins him on his mission to deliver money to a Florida hotel for a sci-fi convention. She conducts a social experiment by pretending to steal the money.

Temptress Moonappears in Definitional Chaos

Temptress Moon is the narrator's avatar in Mayhem until Lexia kills her because she forces order in the world of the game.

Jane appears in I Never

Jane is the narrator of "I Never". She pretends to be Catherine Earnshaw in the Game and meets up with Ben who plays Heathcliffe at Xena's condo, but she soon learns that Ben's friend, Noah, actually wrote the letters she fell in love with, so she kisses him.

Benappears in I Never

Ben plays Heathcliffe in the Game, but he goes to the meetup in order to hook up with a lonely geek girl, not caring if it is Jane or someone else. Since Jane rebuffs him, Ben hooks up with someone else, but he is angry when Jane kisses Noah.

Noahappears in I Never

Noah is Ben's friend who actually wrote the letters Ben sent Jane. He likes Jane and tries to warn her that Ben is not the same in person as he is online during their walk to the lake. Jane kisses Noah.

Jim Huckerappears in The King of Pelinesse

Jim Hucker is the narrator who takes a bus to Boothbay Harbor to question R. P. Flint about his supposed affair with his mother, only to find out it never really happened.

Dawnappears in The Wrath of Dawn

Dawn is the narrator who goes on a blind date with Eric, but she gets angry when he mocks Dawn from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" so during the Buffy Sing-Along, she delivers a defense of the character.

Ericappears in The Wrath of Dawn

Eric is Dawn's blind date who mocks her favorite character from "Buffy the Vampire Slayer".

Sung Kimappears in Quiz Bowl Antichrist

Sung Kim is the leader of the quiz bowl team who Alec teases for wearing a varsity jacket.

Damien Bloomappears in Quiz Bowl Antichrist

Damien Bloom is a track star and a member of the quiz bowl team who Alec has a crush on, but Damien likes girls.

Wesappears in Quiz Bowl Antichrist

Wes is on the quiz bowl team, and he is Alec's roommate on their trip to Nationals in Indianapolis. He realizes that Alec likes Damien, and it seems that Wes shares Alec's sexual orientation.

Tonyappears in The Quiet Knight

Tony, AKA Sir Silent, the Quiet Knight, does not speak often since his voice is rough because he burned his throat as a child by drinking bathroom cleaner. Tony meets Sorayah while participating in a role-playing game, and at school the next day, he defends her against bullies, offering his protection.

Sorayahappears in The Quiet Knight

Sorayah is a new kid in town who attends the same role-playing game as Tony. When some bullies pick on her and her younger brother at school, Tony announces they are under his protection.

Kai Risdaleappears in Everyone But You

Kai Risdale is an attractive, popular guy at Felicity's new school in Hawaii who invites everyone but Felicity to a party at his house. He also nicknames Felicity "BJ." When Kai hits on Felicity after seeing her twirl fire at Auntie Alea's Luau, Felicity dumps a bottle of water over his head.

Paul Zellappears in Secret Identity

Paul Zell is the guy Billie meets online, falls in love with and goes to visit in New York. Her email is written to Paul.

Conrad Linthorappears in Secret Identity

Conrad Linthor is a rich jerk who lives at the hotel where Billie is supposed to meet Paul Zell. He befriends Billie to make his pseudo-girlfriend jealous.

Laurenappears in Freak the Geek

Lauren is the narrator who has been chosen, along with her best friend, Kayley, to be one of the two geeks that be "freaked" this year. Her classmates surround her car and chase her and Kayley to the bridge. At the bridge, Lauren and Kayley get into a fight, but they make up and Lauren decides that the others' decision to taunt them is not her problem.

Katherineappears in The Truth about Dino Girl

Katherine is obsessed with dinosaurs and Jamie Terravozza. She compares boys to dinosaurs because she does not know much about either one. She tries to befriend Jamie's girlfriend, Andi, but when Andi sees Katherine's sketch of Jamie's tattoo and tells Jamie, Katherine and her best friend, Sooz, decide to ruin Andi by posting a semi-nude picture of her all over town and school, claiming she loves sex. This leads to Jamie dumping Andi.

Rachel Banksappears in This Is My Audition Monologue

Rachel Banks is the narrator who performs her audition monologue which she wrote herself because she is determined to be memorable.

Peter Bermanappears in The Stars At The Finish Line

Peter Berman is the narrator. He has been in an academic competition with Tabitha Bell since third grade because he said he wants to be an astronaut like her, though it is not true. Peter is in love with Tabitha, and he offers to help her with the Messier Marathon. They wind up making out after he confesses that he never really wanted to be an astronaut.

Tabitha Bellappears in The Stars At The Finish Line

Tabitha Bell is the girl with whom Peter has an academic competition. She wants to be an astronaut, and she accompanies Peter to the Messier Marathon where they hook up.

Agnesappears in It's Just a Jump to the Left

Agnes is Leta's best friend who loses her virginity to Roger.

Tom Van Dykeappears in It's Just a Jump to the Left

Tom Van Dyke is the junior boy that Leta has a crush on, but during what Leta believes is a date with Tom, Tom leaves with Miss Shelton.

Cawley Franklinappears in It's Just a Jump to the Left

Cawley Franklin is a weird boy in Leta's class who is the first person to kiss her.

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