GEEK MAGNET by Kieran Scott


Age Range: 14 & up
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KJ Miller just can’t say no to geeks, which makes her a magnet for Washington High’s least desirable bachelors, who range from nerdy to creepy. However, when KJ realizes that her geek-magnet status is repelling her longtime crush, Cameron Richardson, she becomes determined to dump the undesirables. As stage manager of her school’s production of Grease, KJ finds her answer in sassy and popular cast member Tama Gold, who takes a vested interest in helping KJ ditch the geeks and attract Cameron. Under Tama’s tutelage, KJ slowly sheds her warm, sweet personality and consequently the geeks, but as she surveys the fallout of her actions she wonders if Cameron is worth it. The arrangement of the narrative into a classic five-act arc provides structural interest, but the development of the dramatis personae leaves something to be desired. In general, KJ’s character seems flat and naïve, except when dealing with her family and its attempts to cope with her father’s alcoholism. Predictable, but with a few speed bumps to keep it interesting. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: May 1st, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-399-24760-6
Page count: 320pp
Publisher: Putnam
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 15th, 2008


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