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Geek Magnet

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  3,112 Ratings  ·  261 Reviews
Mean Girls meets High School Musical from the author of I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader!

Everyone loves KJ Miller, especially the geeks. She's pretty, smart, and super nice to everyone, which has made her the geek pied piper of Washington High. If only Cameron, the star of the basketball team, would follow her around and worship her the way her dorky entourage does.

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Hardcover, 308 pages
Published May 29th 2008 by Putnam Juvenile
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Jan 09, 2014 Sabrina rated it it was amazing

Finally, a book I not only enjoy, but also, teaches a really good (and relatable) lesson

Geek Magnet was a funny and cute novel that teens should find relatable to their own life. It is about a girl named KJ who is worshipped by the geeks at her school. Although she appreciates their admiration, she is also embarassed that the school views her as a 'geek magnet'(hence the title). KJ befriends Tama Gold, the 'popular girl' who aids her in getting the geeks to go away. She becomes mean, ignoring he
Jennifer Wardrip
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girl loved by geeks. How can you not love a character that is loved by people who secretly drive her insane?

KJ Miller is a nice girl. She's nice to everyone. She doesn't have a mean bone in her body.

Until she meets Tama Gold. And becomes friends with her. The popular girl. The girl who teaches her how to "stand up" for herself. Or, basically, more or less, teaches her how to be mean!

KJ finally gets the chance to go out with her wildly popular crus
Jacob Proffitt
Sep 15, 2015 Jacob Proffitt rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, young-adult
I almost abandoned this book in the first couple chapters (they’re short, so that’s not as long a statement as it might have been). I’m so glad that I didn’t.

The introduction to KJ is more than a little bit rocky. We start with her becoming stage manager for the year’s production of Grease at her High School. More importantly, we see her gaggle of geeks that are involved with the production of the play in different capacities. They’re all various kinds of doggedly anxious to please her, and one
Jul 08, 2008 Becky rated it liked it
Scott, Kieran. 2008. Geek Magnet.

Okay, so I was dizzy with power. Can you blame me? It was the first day of rehearsals for the spring musical, Grease, at Washington High and I, KJ Miller, was the stage manager. The woman in charge. The first junior ever to be granted this most prestigious position.

KJ Miller. How to describe KJ? Well, there's the obvious. She's a geek magnet. She draws some geeky undesirables close to her. Fred. Glenn. Andy. Perhaps because of all the buzzing geeks near her, KJ i
♥ Sarah
So. Freaking. Cute.

Honestly, this book was all kinds of predictable, cliche, and over-the-top cheesy. It was the epitome of a "feel good" chick-flick, middle-grade "coming-to-age" kind of book. But it was also so cute and sweet and made my insides swell with nostalgia and fluffy sweetness. But unlike the quickly dissipating sweetness of cotton candy - melting in your mouth at first with its' sugary goodness, then disappearing into nothing, leaving you with a sinking emptiness (and ultimately hun
Rita L
Mar 23, 2012 Rita L rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fave-books
"Geek Magnet" by Kieran Scott, is a book about a girl who is followed by geeks all her life, and she just wants to get away from it all. In the story, a girl, KJ Miller, has been followed by geeks her whole life. When she meets drama star, Tama Gold, her life changes and she becomes a completely new person. But what KJ doesn't know, is that Tama only befriended her to get the lead role in there school musical, GREASE. Tama and KJ start to spend a lot of time together. Her friends, Robbie and ...more
Apr 07, 2009 Susan rated it liked it
What I found appealing in the title of the book was "Geek Magnet". At first, this title caught my eye because the first thought that came to my mind was that the story would be about a girl who had trouble dealing with boys who liked her at school. However, in the story, it talks about a girl named KJ Miller. In the book, her motive is to ear the spot as the stage manager for the high school production of the play, "Grease". There are several other conflict that happens in the book, KJ's father ...more
Jun 10, 2009 Chris rated it it was ok
I had high hopes for this book. Sad to say I was disappointed. Geek Magnet suffers two major flaws: (1) It's way too long -- which is saying something, considering I could only bring myself to read the first third of it. (2) The author is obsessed with a certain part of the female anatomy. This, I am sure, is absolutely hilarious to a great many teenagers. For the rest of us, it gets really old really fast. With a lot of mediocre books, I feel compelled to slog through to the end just to find ...more
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KJ Miller is a geek magnet. And to prove it, she's got not one, not two, but three geeks following her every move. Sure they bother her, especially Glenn with his constant rude remarks, but deep inside KJ just can't be mean. Or can she? When KJ unexpectedly befriends high school starlit, Tama Gold, she suddenly finds herself in the "in" crowd; but hanging with the populars comes with a price. Ditch the geeks or never hook the high school football Cameron Richardson. With her homelife and ...more
Nov 13, 2009 Nicole rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2009-10-read
I took two months to read this book, not because it was boring, but because I always forget to bring it around me. This book is kinda different than other books, despite the fact that it has girl dramas, friendships problems and etc.

Geek Magnet by Kieran Scott can be categorized as a typical teen book, but what it has and other doesn't is the reality of high school. In the book, KJ is a geek magnet and she was never considered 'cool', well because she was a geek magnet. lol. but at one point of
Apr 08, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute story.
About Friendship, Family, and Love.
Very different from what I used to read. Instead of chapters, there are Acts and Scenes.

The synopsis on the back cover of the book made me read it. There's something interesting about it, and don't forget the name: KJ :)

KJ Miller is a very nice and a friendly student. And there are THREE GEEKS following her around wherever she goes.
Enter Tama, the popular girl. She'll help KJ to get rid of the Geeks by being mean so that KJ will be with Richardson,
Oct 10, 2010 Rose rated it did not like it
Shelves: such-a-cliche
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Stephanie Strohm
Apr 22, 2013 Stephanie Strohm rated it it was amazing
Confession: I was a high school drama dork. Not surprising follow-up confession: I loved this book. Kieran Scott perfectly captures the magic that is the high school musical, right down to the scent of the stage, while also deftly addressing some more serious issues. Add in a swoonworthy guy I was crushing on from the moment he appeared and a group of loveable (and some not-so-loveable) geeks, and this book is irresistible (kind of like K.J. to a geek.) Couldn't put it down.
Jan 09, 2009 Julie rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Fun, fluffy book about a girl who only seems to attract the nice, decent, slightly geeky guys. She tries to change herself into a more popular version by being a little bit more mean to get a popular jock to be interested in her. She comes to find out she doesn't actually like being mean, and that the geeks are okay. A typical plot for a book that appeals to teenage girls.
Feb 19, 2009 Tiffany rated it it was amazing
This was a REALLY good book (some people might not agree...) It's about a girl, who's really nice so only geeks like her, but one day the most popular girl in school tells her that she has to be mean if she wants them to stop liking her.
May 04, 2013 Abi rated it really liked it
I read this book a couple years ago and I remember loving it!
Jun 14, 2009 Lauren rated it it was ok
It was cute. Very obvious and predictable, but it was a quick & easy read.
Elsa Maebug
Nov 10, 2016 Elsa Maebug rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was super cute, I was squirming with the feels at a bunch of spots.
Geek Magnet is a standalone novel by Kieran Scott and it tells the story of Katie Jean "KJ" Miller, a junior high school student who is also the stage manager for her school's spring musical, Grease. As much as she likes being in charge of things in the musical, there are still some obstacles that she has to deal with, like the geeks that have been following her everywhere for as long as she can remember, who also happen to be working with her in the musical. Even though the geeks are always ...more
Aug 24, 2013 Rabiah rated it it was amazing

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For KJ, life is complicated.
She is the ultimate geek magnet. Why can't it work with the hot guys though? That's what she asks, when she cannot get the right attention from popular boy Cameron. The cover of the book really caught my attention (who cannot resist diving into a book with a cover and title like that?!) and I'm glad I caught sight of it, because it was one hilarious ride into the land of geekdom.

We've all b
Sarah Snyder
Sep 25, 2010 Sarah Snyder rated it really liked it
I had not heard a lot concerning this book, probably because it's a few years old, but I saw it on sale online, so I picked it up on a whim. The story sounded cute enough and I thought the cover was adorable so I purchased it. All things considered, I am glad I had a chance to read this book.

The story centers around KJ, a high school junior who was just given the job of stage manager for her school's musical production of Grease. I think a lot of people can relate to KJ, I certainly can. There a
Mar 19, 2011 Michelle rated it liked it
Geeks, thespians, academics….and did I mention geeks? Cause this book is filled with them. Short, tall, frumpy, thin there are girl geeks and boy geeks. At the center of it all is KJ, a relatively popular girl who isn’t afraid to befriend anyone. What I love most about her is she’s not a status monger or judgmental. She has her moments of bad behavior, just like every other teen, and she isn’t always kind to the people around her but in the grand scheme she’s no mean girl. Have I mentioned yet ...more
Jun 05, 2011 Kelly rated it really liked it
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Feb 19, 2013 Roxanne rated it did not like it
Ok, first review ever, but I just couldn’t NOT do it, at least for this one. So where was I? Ah yes…No! From the very start there was something wrong with it, I just couldn’t get what until after the first few chapters. The intro was interesting, but it merely hid the horror of what was within.

Our dear heroin was one of the most unlikable girls I’ve ever read about. She’s naïve, she’s stupid, she’s rather selfish, has problems with keeping her anger in check (for someone who’s never been anythi
Jan 06, 2013 Cdee rated it really liked it
Yep that's right. I finally finished it!
I bought this book because I'm a huge fan of Kieran Scott/Kate Brian and anything with geeks is just sounds interesting!... Bring back Screech memories (yep, that was a Saved by the Bell reference and nope, I wasn't old enough to watch it first time round! But come on the oldies are the besties, right?!) So as I was saying I've read a number of her books in the past but have yet to do reviews of them so will probably get round to do it soon.
So this gir
Jun 21, 2012 Marj rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction
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I liked Geek Magnet more than I thought I would. When I first heard about this book, the idea of it sounded really cheesy and just the typical, not so popular girl wants popular guy book but really, it's so much more than that. It's a book about growing up, self-discovery, friendship and family. I didn't think all those elements would be involved in this book but they definitely were.

The Plot:

Geek Magnet is about KJ Miller- one of the nicest, prettiest and smartest people you'll meet. She sound
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Katherine O
Nov 30, 2010 Katherine O rated it it was amazing
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November 19, 2010
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Weight of the World
Is following the crowd ever worth changing who you are? Ever had to carry the weight of the world on your shoulders to meet other’s expectations? “Geek Magnet” by Kieran Scott is an inspiring tale that touches upon how peer pressures affects your life and who you are as a person.

KJ is followed and worshiped by the geeks of the school. Worshiped as much as coming down with embarrassment of how her peers see her as the “geek magnet”
Chelsea Walton
Oct 01, 2011 Chelsea Walton rated it really liked it
Geek Magnet is a story that anyone who has been through high school can relate to. Whether you were a jock, a geek, popular or somewhere in the between. Everyone knows what it’s like to have a crush on someone who you have never spoken too, to want to be a little bit more cool. Well this is exactly what KJ Miller is going through, but to make matters worse she is constantly being pestered by geeks. When she gets picked to be the stage manager for the schools spring musical, Grease, she has a ...more
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Kieran Scott is an author of young adult fiction including the upcoming TRUE LOVE TRILOGY (May 2014) and the HE'S SO/SHE'S SO TRILOGY, which includes SHE'S SO DEAD TO US, HE'S SO NOT WORTH IT and THIS IS SO NOT HAPPENING. Her other books include the Non-Blonde Cheelerader trilogy, Geek Magnet and Jingle Boy. She also writes Alloy Entertainment books under the pseudonym Kate Brian, including the ...more
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“A boy in my house was strange enough. But a guy who was that comfortable in someone else's house, around a parent? A boy who knew how to chop vegetables? A boy who voluntarily helped with everything? Was he one of those adults masqerading as a teenager! Was he a narc or something? Maybe there was a big drug problem at my school and twenty-five-year-old Robbie had been sent in to fix it.
Except that he'd been around since kindergarten, so unless the cops planned way ahead, that was out of the question.”
“ Okay,let's do it," Robbie said, slapping his hands together as he stood. He stepped towards me with his arms outstreched and I tripped back. " What? No" " What? Yes," he said. He hit the rewind button and the tape zipped backward. He paused it right as the dance began. " You don't really expect me to ask Tama to dance with me without any practice. Even I'm not that stupid." I was suddenly very aware of my heartbeat. " There's no way I'm dancing with you." " You really know how to stroke a guy's ego," Robbie joked. "Come on. I'm not that repulsive." "You're not repulsive at all, it's just-" " Well, that's good to hear," Robbie said with a teasing smile. He was enjoying this. "it's just that I don't dance," I admitted. Never had. Not once. Not with a guy. I was a dance free-zone. " Well, neither do II mean, except on stage. But i've never danced like this, so we're even" he said. He hit "play". The music started and Robbie pulled me toward him by my wrist. he grabbed my hand, which was sweating, and held it, then put his other hand on my waist. My boobs pressed sgsinst his chest and I flinched, but Robbie didn't seem to notice. He was too busy consulting the TV screen. " Here goes nothing," he said. "Okay, it's a waltz, so one, two, three,,, one, two, three. Looks like a big step on one and two little steps on two and three. Got it?" "Sure." I so didn't have it. " Okay, go." He started to step in a circle, pulling me with him.I staggered along, mortified. " One, two, three. One two, three," he counted under his breath. My foot caught on his ankle. " Oops! Sorry." I was sweating like mad now, wishing I'd taken off my sweater, at least. " I got ya," he said, his grip tightiening on my hand. " K eep going." " One, two, three," I counted, staring down at our feet. He slammed one of his hip into one of the set chairs. " Ow. Dammit!" " Are you okay?"I asked."Yeah. Keep going," he said through his teeth. " One, two, three," I counted. I glanced up at the Tv screen, and the second I took my eyes off our feet, they got hopelessly tangled. I felt that instant swoop of gravity and shouted as we went down. The floor was not soft. " Oof?" " Ow. Okay, ow," Robbie said, grabbing his elbow. " That was not a good bone to fall on." He shook his arm out and I brought my knees up under my chin. " Maybe this wasn't the best idea." "No! No. We cannot give up that easily," Robbie said, standing. He took my hands and hoisted my up. " Maybe we just need to simplify it a little. " Actually i think its the twirl and the dip at the end that are really important," I theorized. It seemed like the most romantic part to me. " Okay, good." Robbie was phsyched by this development. "So maybe instead of going in circles, we just step side to side and do the twirl thing a couple of times. " Sounds like a plan," I said. " Let's do it." Robbie rewound the tape and we started from the beginning of the music. He took my hand again and held it up, then placed his other hand on my waist. This time we simply swayed back and forth. I was just getting used to the motion, when I realized that Robbie was staring at me.Big time." What?" i said, my skin prickling. " Trying to make eye contact," he said. " I hear eye contact while dancing is key." " Where would you hear something like that?" I said. " My grandmother. She's a wise woman," he said. His grandmother. How cute was that? His eyes were completely focused on my face. I tried to stare back into them, but I keep cracking up laughing. And he thought I'd make a good actress. " Wow. You suck at eye contact," he said. "Come on. Give me something to work here." I took a deep breath and steeled myself. It's just Robbie Delano, KJ. You can do this. And so I did. I looked right back into his eyes. And we continued to sway at to the music. His hand around mine. His hand on my waist. Our chests pressed together. I stared into his eyes, and soon i found that laughing was the last thing on my mind. " How's this working for you?” 1 likes
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