Sometimes you're on the wrong side... Going Geek by Charlotte Huang (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)

The synopsis for this one is what made me most curious about this book. Plus, I really like the cover. Check out my thoughts about the book and enter the giveaway below...

Going Geek
Going Geek
by Charlotte Huang
YA Contemporary
Hardcover & ebook, 304 Pages
September 13th 2016 by Delacorte Press


A girl forced out of her comfort zone finds that being true to herself is the best way to live her life, in this second novel from the author of For the Record.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Skylar Hoffman’s senior year at her preppy East Coast boarding school should have been perfect: 
amazing boyfriend
the coolest friends
the most desirable dorm

But it’s far from it. To her dismay, Skylar’s not going to rule senior year because she’s stuck in Abbot House, a tiny dorm known for, well, nothing. Living with a group of strangers everyone thinks is lame is bad enough. Worse is that Skylar wasn’t exactly truthful about how she spent summer break in Los Angeles—and her little white lie is causing her once rock-solid romance to crumble fast. And when it turns out that Skylar’s best friend is the one responsible for having her booted from Lincoln? It’s an all-out war. 

Stepping out of her comfort zone never felt so scary—or necessary. But everything is different now. Including, maybe, Skylar herself . . .

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My Review

GOING GEEK was an insightful, reflective, and fun read about a girl who has her life flip on her, including finding out her supposed friends, really aren't. It gave such an honest look at high school life, with its cliques, friendships, pressures, emotions, and romance. The characters were especially poignant as they form relationships and evolve over the course of the story. Perfect for readers who enjoy contemporary YA.

Skylar definitely was a character who I wasn't sure about initially, but who grew on me, as did quite a few of the characters in this story. What I liked about that, was it showed how much some of these characters changed. It also allowed for the relationships to naturally fall into place and feel authentic. Even the awkwardness, when characters said the wrong thing ,or were dealing with their prejudices, made for a believable story that was so easy to connect with. Who doesn't deal on some level in some way with friendship changes, backstabbing, betrayal, break-ups, dealing with popularity, the pressures of where to go to college, trying to fit in, and cliques in high school? I was a little torn at points about the right guy for Skylar, but I was definitely won over with how things turned out in the end. It just all felt right. I also appreciated that the romance didn't 't take over the story. It plays a strong role, but a realistic one and it isn't the focus. Skylar ,and how she learns about these "geeks" who are now her dorm family and how her perceptions change, is.

In the end, was it what I wished for? I wasn't sure what to expect from this story, but I was pleasantly content. It was enjoyable, made me think, and was relatable, while bringing alive characters that I loved.

Content: Some swearing, including a few s-words and f-words, brief drug use, innuendo.

Source: Received a complimentary ARC from the publisher through the tour host, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

Charlotte Huang is a graduate of Smith College and received an MBA from Columbia Business School, which is clearly something every aspiring writer should do. When not glued to her computer, she cheers her two sons on at sporting events and sometimes manages to stay up late enough to check out bands with her music agent husband. Charlotte lives in Los Angeles and is the author of For the Record (Delacorte, 2015) and Going Geek (Delacorte, September, 2016).

Represented by Adriann Ranta of Foundry Literary.

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