Book Review: Geektastic
Geektastic: Stories from The Nerd Herd is a collection of geeky short stories by some of today’s most prominent young adult authors. Some of them include John Green, Sara Zarr, David Leviathan, and Holly Black. A sample of story topics include Star Wars versus Star Trek, RPGs, and comics.
One of the best things about this book is how the stories go beyond the geeky passions and go into the personal lives of the characters. A good example from the book is “The Truth About Dino Girl” by Barry Lyga. In the story, a geeky girl has a crush on a popular guy. At the same time, she wants to be the world’s greatest paleontologist. Yet past memories and an uncertain future make Dino Girl feel alone and like nothing.
Another good thing about this book is the comic illustrations in between the stories. Done by Brian Lee O’ Malley (creator of the comic Scott Pilgrim VS The World that the movie is based on) and Hope Larson, these comics are funny and geeky. They catch the eye with headlines like “How to Look Cool and Not Drool in Front of Your Favorite Author”.
In the end, it all depends on personal taste. If you are a geek and a certain type of geek, then you will enjoy these stories. Even if you aren’t a geek, you might know someone who is and so will be able to understand them better if you read a story or two. Either way, this book is worth reading.