Geek Charming – Robin Palmer

Geek Charming by Robin Palmer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Published: 2009
Publisher: Speak
Recommended Age: 10+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary, High School, Popularity


Dylan Shoenfield is the princess of L.A.’s posh Castle Heights High. She has the coolest boyfriend, the most popular friends, and a brand-new ‘it’ bag that everyone covets. But when she accidentally tosses her bag into a fountain, this princess comes face-to-face with her own personal frog: self professed film geek Josh Rosen. In return for rescuing Dylan’s bag, Josh convinces Dylan to let him film her for his documentary on high school popularity. Reluctantly, Dylan lets F-list Josh into her A-list world, and is shocked to realize that sometimes nerds can be pretty cool. But when Dylan’s so-called prince charming of a boyfriend dumps her flat, her life–and her social status–comes to a crashing halt. Can Dylan–with Josh’s help–pull the pieces together to create her own happily-ever-after?


I want to start this review off by saying how adorable this book is. See those sparkles on the cover? There are actual real sparkles on the physical copy. What can I say? I’m a sucker for beautiful presentation.

On to the real review now. With this book, what you see is pretty much what you get. The synopsis makes Dylan look like the stereotypical popular girl who wants it all and Josh the stereotypical geek boy who fumbles with his words.

That is absolutely true, which is part of the reason why I found this story so entertaining. It’s not the kind of tale I could be reading every day, because it’s not one to be taken seriously and I fear I’ll lose a many IQ points if I stick to these kinds of books alone, but it is an easy story to read between classes or during your work break.

Or on the bus. I can’t read anything ‘‘serious’’ or that takes too much of my attention on the bus or in the metro, because of the noise – I can’t seem to concentrate – but reading this was absolutely fine because of how simple and mindless it is.

And yet it’s not too simple that it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere or like you’ve read this story before a thousand times. I actually quite liked the premise: Josh wants to get into a film school so he creates a documentary about popularity that follows Dylan who is reluctant to help but slowly warms up to Josh.

I’m not entirely in love with these two main characters and definitely not with the secondary ones, but I did quite enjoy their surprising interactions – glam girl + geek boy = AWKWARD – and while they both have much to learn, especially Dylan, none of them are despicable.

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t expecting to enjoy this one at all after not being able to finish Cindy Ella from this same author, but it shows that sometimes it’s not about the style of the author but the concept itself. This worked for me; that one didn’t. An overall imperfect but enjoyable read.


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