Genre: Realistic Fiction
Publisher: Speak (Penguin)
Rating: 5 stars
In LA, status is more than just important, and Castle Heights High School is no exception. Dylan Schoenfield, senior at CHHS, is at the top of the food chain, what with her designer clothes, size 2 body, gorgeous boyfriend, and designer it-bag. But when that bag accidentally ends up in the shopping mall fountain, Josh Rosen is the one to come to the rescue. He's also a senior at Castle Heights, but unlike Dylan, he's a complete geek. More to the point, he's a film geek, and in return for saving her bag he asks her to star in a documentary about popularity that will help him get into USC Film School. Much to Dylan's surprise, hanging out with Josh is actually fun, and when everything in her "perfect" life comes crashing down, he may be the only one there to support her.
Robin Palmer seamlessly takes a classic fairy tale ("The Frog Prince") and transforms it into a fun, witty YA tale. The story line isn't predictable, and the message of being yourself comes across as timeless, rather than overdone. Both Dylan and Josh have a lot of heart (despite the fact that Dylan's appears to be made of ice at times) and their own lovable quirks. The supporting cast brings a lot of humor and drama to the book, especially where Amy Loubalou is involved. (Hint, hint.) Not to mention, a few characters from Cindy Ella make a cameo or two. The best thing about Geek Charming is definitely the ending, but I won't say anything more to avoid spoilers. In short, I highly recommend you read this (and soon!) especially since it premieres as a Disney Channel movie in November. See my interview with Robin Palmer here!
Other Books By This Author: Cindy Ella, Little Miss Red, Lucy B. Parker Series
What do you think of fairy tale adaptations? What's your favorite?