The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash
It’s still Adorable Contemp Day, and are you feeling the love? Maybe? Well, okay then. This is my favorite of the three, so I would recommend this the most out of all the three. All three are worth a read, so make sure to check them out!
“Hello my name is the Book Princess, you killed my father, prepare to die.”
I have always wanted to use that line in casual conversation, but the opportunity to use it has never arrived – until now, thanks to the wonderful Sarvenaz Tash, and perhaps one of my most favorite scenes in literature ever.
Graham is a kid who just so happens to be in unrequited love with his best friend Roxanne. Enter in his fabulous idea: take her to Comic Con and profess his undying love for her under the stars – well, more specifically under the Star Wars copyrighted stars. Things definitely don’t go as planned with the epic fan event where the reveal is going to take place and a certain hunky Brit’s appearance.
This book is a geek’s dream – but you don’t have to be a certified geek to enjoy. While I did not enjoy or am a part of some of the fandoms mentioned in this book, Tash does a good enough job to keep you informed and still feel the excitement that Graham and Roxanne and company feel. I was geeking out throughout even if I didn’t understand some of the references, and I shipped Graham and me- I mean, Graham and whatever lady he ended up with hard.
I loved the little twists that Tash created in this book, especially since that’s ridiculously hard to do in a contemporary romance. I was definitely surprised by the ending, but I totally felt that it was justified and I think I would have been bummed out – yes, bummed out – if it had ended any other way. Tash made me feel for allllll of the characters, and I was happy with the ending that they got for them.
I was also dying with the comedy in this. It was totally bringing me back to The Summer I Became Nerd by Leah Rae Miller, which is basically my Holy Grail of nerd contemporaries, but Geek’s Guide was giving it a run for its money. And then it solidified itself as a staple in my contemporary favorites with one of my top favorite scenes in a book of all time. Let’s just say it involves a certain line from The Princess Bride and had me actually crying from laughter – which I don’t recall a book making me doin the past few years.
This book is definitely a must read – not only for geeks or Princess Bride f
ans – but anyone that wants an adorable, cheesy read that has complex and realistic characters, a hilarious setting and storyline, and some excellent writing. Tash has a fantastic writing style, and I will for sure be looking out for her work in the future!
All the stars (and wars and treks) for Geek’s Guide!
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