Thursday, November 17, 2011

Geek Girl + GIVEAWAY - Cindy C. Bennett

Hey!  You.  Yeah, you.  We'll be giving this book away, so you might want to pay attention.

Summary:  "I think I could turn that boy bad?  My two best friends--my only two friends, really--follow my gaze and laugh.

"Trevor Hoffman?"  Beth scoffs.  "No way, Jen."

"I bet I could," I say, shrugging.

"Why him?"  Beth asks.  "Why not any of the other nerds sitting there with him?"

"Because," I say slowly, "he isn't your typical run-of-the-mill geek.  Trevor Hoffman is different.  He would be a little more difficult to take down--more of a challenge, you know?"

Jen's life of rebelling and sneaking out is growing stale.  In an effort to combat her boredom, Jen makes a bet to turn Trevor, a nice little geek, into a "bad boy."  She is immediately pulled into Trevor's world of sci-fi movies, charity work, and even--ugh!--bowling.  Unexpectedly, Jen discovers that hanging out with Trevor isn't so bad after all.  But when Trevor finds out about the wager, all bets are off.  (Book given free for review.  Summary from back of the book and image from  publisher.)

My Review:  I don't think I've ever given a book that was given to me free for review 5 stars.  I'm breaking that record today.  I loved this book.  I couldn't put it down.  While having our regular Silent Friday Reading day with my students I kept finding myself so absorbed in the book that I forgot to remind the kids to clean up before the bell rang.  Yes, I was that absorbed--which really is saying something because even slight twitching of my students during Silent Friday distracts me...teachers have a hard time turning off their second set of eyes and ears.

Jen is painted so very realistically.  I felt like reading her story was like reading many of my students' stories, their journal entries in class.  Teaching at a school of poverty, with many foster care kids, I see this stuff all too often.  Her anger, her rejection of all things good, her pessimism, her hatred of people she cannot relate to, her lack of self-esteem, all spot on.  Even her desire to defile Trevor was authentic.

Bennett does a masterful job of peeling back the layers slowly, or reeling you in and helping you understand Jen and actually take her side.  She also does a masterful job of depicting a truly good person in Trevor.  I think it would actually be harder to depict a guileless person than it is to depict a person with serious flaws.  Yet, she pulls it off.  What makes it even better is that she still makes him human, gives him real failings, ones you could believe someone as good as he is truly has.

The love story should also be of note.  I'm not the gushy type of girl who loves to read romance, but this story took me in.  I enjoyed the playful banter, the clean relationship, and even the demolition of their relationship when the truth unfolds.  I found myself with tears slowly rolling down my cheeks and I wished for both characters that the pain wouldn't have to be--not many stories make me actually cry.  I'm telling you, I really liked this book.

I think my favorite aspect to the story is the message that your past doesn't define you, that change is possible, and that you should never judge a person based on an outward appearance especially during their teenage years.  I loved Jen's transformation and how Bennett made her so easy to relate to and like.  I've never been a Goth girl, I don't pretend to understand her upbringing from a personal perspective, but watching it for eight years now I do believe Bennett created a believeable story and one that I'd gladly have on my classroom shelves.

Do pick this up.  It's a great read.

For sensitive readers:  Nothing to offend here.  Jen's tragic past is disturbing, but without it you can't truly believe her anger and damage.

Rating:  5 Stars

Sum it up:  A spot on read depicting a broken girl learning to trust and love.

Visit the author's blog, her website, or read more reviews of Geek Girl on Cedar Fort's blog tour.

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO WIN A COPY OF THIS BOOK?

To enter: 
  • Simply comment with your contact information.  That's it.  Pretty easy, huh?
If you'd like an extra entry (leave a SEPARATE COMMENT):
  • Spread the word!  Post about this giveaway on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, or some other social networking site.  That's it.  Also very easy.  The more you link -- and you can link daily -- the more entries you get.  Just be sure to leave a separate comment for each.  We are still pretty old school.
Best of luck! 

Eligibility & Rules:  This giveaway is open internationally and will end on November 30th at 11:59 PM.  If  the winner lives outside of North America, they will receive an e-copy of the book.  North American residents will receive a print copy (unless they would prefer an e-copy).  The winner will be chosen randomly, posted publicly, and contacted swiftly to arrange delivery.  Reading For Sanity reserves the right to invalidate entries that do not adhere to contest rules.

50 comments:

Sherry Gammon Author Of Unlovable said...

Great review!! I loved this book!!

Anonymous said...

Many thanks for this lovely giveaway and the wonderful review. Anne. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

Julie @ Read Handed said...

The cover convinced me it was something that I wouldn't like, but the description and your review changed my mind. Thanks for the giveaway. My email address is readhandedlibrarian(at)gmail(dot)com.

Jessica said...

Sounds like a great read. mcauliffej(at)gmail(dot)com.

Cindy C Bennett said...

Kari - Obviously I'm not entering the giveaway :o) but I wanted to pop in and say thank you for such an amazing review, and for breaking your record for me! I'm both sorry and glad Geek Girl was absorbing enough to distract you from your class.

Tillie said...

So, I'm totally giving away a book - but I want one too :) lol. tillien{at}gmail{dot}com

CarrieM said...

Wow, the author commented, how fun! carrie dot hare@ gmail dot com

infernal_wings said...

thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!

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Abby said...

Sounds like a great book.

McGuffy Ann said...

Sounds good! McGuffyAnn
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Hellen said...

It sounds like a great book!
Thank you for hosting a giveaway.

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Blogger Name: Krystal Larson said...

Sounds like a good book and the cover looks great, thank you! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom

kayla said...

This sounds like a great book.

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Midnight said...

Thanks for this giveaway!
Really looking forward to this book ^^

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Bookworm Blogger said...

Thanks for the giveaway. I really want to read this book!

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Jackleen said...

This does sound good. Thank you.
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Ishkibibbles said...

I want itttt :)
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Wall-to-wall books said...

Have seen this b ook reviewed a few times.
Would love a chance to win.

I am a follower.

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Blogger Name: Krystal Larson said...

Thank you for the chance to win! edysicecreamlover18@gmailDOTcom GFC Krystal Larson

Susan said...

You make me want to read this book! Thanks for the great review.

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Crazy Corinne said...

Sounds like an entertaining read! --Corinne :)

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Nancy said...

Thank you for this giveaway! I'm joining so I can relate with the fun you had reading this book.

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Laura Fabiani said...

Your review really sparked my interest in this book! Count me in.
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Kara said...

Thanks for the giveaway.
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sweetheart8181 said...

This sounds awesome!
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JaneSToney said...

My niece would love this book.

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mom2gabnnat said...

This sounds like what my daughter would enjoy reading.
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Anonymous said...

Sound very interesting
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katklaw777 said...

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Sounds like a book I'd enjoy, thanks!

katklaw777 said...

tweeted...
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corey1971 said...

My daughter would SO love this! (Corey Olomon)(olomon@hotmail.com)

corey1971 said...

I tweeted you at: http://twitter.com/#!/coreyTX/status/141845818431913985 (Corey Olomon)(olomon@Hotmail.com)

Sweetsillysara said...

Thanks for the chance to win!
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cpage2323 said...

Looks like a good book!:) Thanks for the chance!
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degood said...

I would love to win this book! Thanks for the chance!

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Mercedes said...

This totally sounds intriguing! It's also interesting that it's a girl turning a boy bad instead of the boy trying to turn the girl bad, which is what we hear more often. Way for the author to turn that trope on its ear! :D

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Brittany said...

Looks like a great book!

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Brittany said...

I tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/britibee/status/141986668642189312

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sreis87 said...

Sarah Walker
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Robin Blankenship said...

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Laurie said...

awesome review-would love to read this book

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Laurie said...

tweeted
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Laurie said...

google+ the giveaway
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Mrs. Prince said...

I would LOVE this book! looking to stock my shelves as a new teacher!
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Jessica Peeling said...

Thanks for the giveaway! jessicapeeling@yahoo.com

Jessica Peeling said...

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Jessica Peeling said...

+1'd the giveaway jessicapeeling@yahoo.com

Trista Z said...

I'm excited! tristazmail @ yahoo.com

Penny Kathleen said...

This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the opportunity!

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MindySue said...

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED!

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