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Going Geek

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  465 ratings  ·  89 reviews
A girl forced out of her comfort zone finds that being true to herself is the best way to live her life, in this second novel from the author of For the Record.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Skylar Hoffman’s senior year at her preppy East Coast boarding school should have been perfect:
amazing boyfriend
the coolest friends
the most desirable d
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 13th 2016 by Delacorte Press
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I was trying to figure out what it is I liked so much about this book, and I realized it's that this is the kind of character arc I always wished was impressed as a great one IRL. I remember a friend asking me shortly after we'd started at different colleges "So who's cool?" and meaning it in exactly that high school way of hot and popular and influential and whatever, and me thinking that it was such an absurd question to be asking. Like, WTF is that concept, even? I can tell you who's interest ...more
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm in love with this book! I definitely need to read Charlotte Huang's debut novel For the Record ;-) ...more
Karen (^ v ^)
3.5 Stars
Ok serious stars were lost because holy shit the main character was SO annoying in the first 150 pages of the book, I almost gave up reading it 3 times. Seriously, I get that it was her character and she was slowly developing a small sense of humanity but oh my god she was SO self absorbed with being 'popular' having the perfect image because moving into the 'loser dorm' sucks ass because everyone there is OBVIOUSLY a loser and a nerd and disgusting because they're not popular. Also c
Kelly Hager
Aug 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
It's Skylar's senior year at her exclusive boarding school but things are not going as planned. Her family is having financial problems and when her friends and boyfriend learned that she spent her summer working, they disappear. And she's now stuck in the loser dorm.

It's not a spoiler to say that the girls at Skylar's new dorm are actually pretty awesome, right? You know how stories like this go. But the way that Skylar manages to turn everything around and have a great senior year anyway is a
Going Geek is no literary masterpiece. It’s not even a great novel as far as YA books go. It’s all surface-level storytelling, with little to no nuance—kind of like your average high-school-based movie (if you’ve seen Mean Girls or High School Musical, those will probably give you a pretty good indicator of the character depth and predictability in this book). But you know what? Sometimes it’s nice to take a break from reality and lose yourself in a pleasant, familiar story that reminds you how ...more
Feb 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Going Geek is like Mean Girls in boarding school…except Skyler isn’t quite as likable as Cady Heron. I was pretty anxious to read Charlotte Huang’s followup after loving her debut. I thought Going Geek was a fun read, but I didn’t love it as much as For the Record.

This book is filled with catty and spoiled girls. I find those sorts of characters entertaining in small doses, and Going Geek was probably the perfect dose. I’m happy that Skyler gets separated from her old dorm friends right away bec
Stephanie A.
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is kinda like the high school version of "The House Bunny," if instead of a house mother it was just one of their peers who ended up stuck there against her will. It is very charming to watch her friendships with the other residents grow as she helps said residents thrive socially. Not to mention that the picturesque boarding school setting, with its opening description of "looking like an Ivy League college," makes me swoon.

A minor drawback is that I came in expecting Skylar to be far more
Resch Reads
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it
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This book was extremely close to being DNF-ed, but I decided to continue reading and was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this story. At first, Skylar was annoying, pretentious, self-centered, and egotistical. I was appalled by her behavior, hence the almost dismissal of this story. But I gave it a little longer and Skylar not only redeemed herself but blew me away in terms of character growth.

Skylar's "friends," well lets just say I
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Despite the light and fluffy read that this is, it also deals with some heavier topics like figuring out what you want in life, who you are, and most importantly: what makes a friendship healthy? Skylar starts out as an incredibly spoiled and snobby rich kid but she learns quickly and I really enjoyed seeing her grow throughout the novel. It's a very cute book and even though it's predictable, I didn't read this for its originality. It delivered what I wanted it to deliver and that's having a bi ...more
Lori Goldstein
Jan 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the perfect book for every teen (and adult) who struggles to find their "thing." When the main character's epic senior year is derailed and she loses her "cool" friends and her boyfriend, on top of family problems, she does what most of us would want to do: sulk. But then she starts to pick up the pieces and pull herself back up, caring about things she never even noticed before. Set against the backdrop of a tony East Coast boarding school, this is a fun and poignant look at growing up ...more
Baker St Shelves
Sep 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
Want to see all the negative aspects of a typical slice of life YA story with few of the positives? I highly doubt you do, but man this book was like a drinking game. Take a shot each time the MC can't get used to her new school, meets a quirky side character, has parents that just don't get them. I think that's what they had in mind, since you can only experience this whilst drunk. ...more
Favour Egbune
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
She's not perfect, but she has enough determination and drive for me to ignore how snobby she was in the beginning. ...more
Kaitlin Kline
Apr 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Such a cute ending!
Stephanie Ward
3.5 Stars

Going Geek is a heartfelt young adult contemporary novel that readers of all ages can identify with. If you read my reviews, you'll know that this genre isn't my usual cup of tea. I'll occasionally read and review them, if they sound promising. I wasn't sure if I was going to like this book, but I ended up enjoying it more than I thought. I really liked Skylar as the main character - especially as she faces all these new challenges at her school. She's down to earth and determined to do
Ashley Blake
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
The thing I love about both of Charlotte's books so far is that she has this beautiful ability to write an unlikeable girl that you root for passionately. And she takes all of these cringe-worth ideas and quirks about that unlikeable girl and, over the course of the book, showing us how with a little perspective and self-reflection and open-mindedness, we see how those quirks can so easily be strengths. This book was such a fun look into the culture of a boarding school and I just loved Skylar. ...more
E. Kottaras
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love stories where the main character undergoes a journey of self-awareness, and GOING GEEK is exactly that. Skylar is forced to terms with her own prejudices and expectations of what is "cool," and even more so, she has to figure out who she is and what she really wants from life - in terms of her group of friends, her partner, and her academic career. I absolutely loved FOR THE RECORD, and GOING GEEK was just as fantastic. Real characters with real problems - but also a fun setting with some ...more
While it took me a little while to warm up to Skylar's rich girl attitude, once I did I was hooked. Going Geek is such a quick read and so perfect for these last lazy days of summer. Huang breathed life into characters I would love to know in person and that for me is huge. Although I could have done with less of the Mean Girl-esque drama, I really enjoyed this one and look forward to seeing what she does next!

For the full review and more, head over to The Pretty Good Gatsby!
Dec 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
LOVE! Review to come closer to release date.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I decided to read Charlotte's book in order of release for the ONTARIO TEEN BOOK FEST and I have heard of her books before so I was excited to read them. Here's my review of GOING GEEK.
I have always been wary of boarding school type of books where a rich girl is in a school with other rich students. These types of books just aren't my favorite to read because they are kind of hard to read... mainly because the characters are so stuck up. BUT GOING GEEK... it wasn't like that (entirely). Skylar
Aug 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Going Geek might be fairly described as a mix between two classic setups: former Pretty Person finds true happiness with underdogs, and underdogs unseat the Pretty People.

I suspect that part of me is still trying to find my boarding school experience in a book (never going to happen, for complicated reasons), and this really wasn't that book. Skylar's school is a prep school to the max: students who come from serious wealth and who care who comes or doesn't come from similar wealth; pressure fro
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Rachel Consoli
Jun 15, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
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Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: march2018
This isn't the book I thought it would be when I started it. I read about it in an article about YA books dealing with geek culture. I guess I expected it to be more about fandom, gaming, and other typically nerdy pastimes. Instead, it centers on a popular girl who gets thrown in with a group of quirky social outcasts with weird obsessive interests. Cute story, but with some major flaws. Firstly, there were so many characters, it was hard to keep track of who was who. The quick flashing from sce ...more
Elizabeth Mathis
A girl forced out of her comfort zone finds that being true to herself is the best way to live her life, in this second novel from the author of For the Record.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Skylar Hoffman’s senior year at her preppy East Coast boarding school should have been perfect:
amazing boyfriend
the coolest friends
the most desirable dorm
But it’s far from it. To her dismay, Skylar’s not going to rule senior year because she’s stuck in Abbot House, a tiny dorm
Kelly Gunderman
Sep 20, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Check out this and other reviews on my young adult book blog, Here's to Happy Endings!

Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

Going Geek is the first novel that I've read by Charlotte Huang, although I have heard amazing things about For the Record. When I heard about this one, I was excited to read it, because I thought it sounded like an incredible contemporary (and okay, that cover is so pretty), and I was curious about it. I love books set in boarding school settings!

Skylar was really looking forward t
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was recommended for me because I liked Shannon Hales' Real Friends which I enjoyed for its sweet, honest look at friendship while growing up. When I started reading Going Geek I hated it. It seemed like just another patronizing "spoiled girl learns to be nice" book. I have a thing about finishing books though, so I kept reading. By the time I was half way Huang's writing had me hooked. It is wyhat I thought, but better. Lively pacing, fun (if stereotyped) characters, encouraging resolu ...more
Aug 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Wow, I was truly surprised on how much I loved this book. Didn't expect it at all. The story was more than I thought it would be. And the characters were amazing. Each one was unique and what made this book extra great for me.
Then there is the main heroine. In the beginning of the book, she was so so unlikable. I was scared that I would not like her. I liked her transformation. I especially liked that it took time for her to grow as an character. It didn't happened suddenly.

I cannot stop gushi
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I did not enjoy this book. It was too predictable, and that made it super boring. It was hard for me to focus throughout this book, and I wanted to skim through it. Nothing super major happens. The girl lies to her boyfriend, he finds out and needs space, she's sad, and tries to get him back. Like it was literally her fault, so I couldn't feel bad for her. She wasn't fitting in as well as she thought she would in her little boarding school, and making friends was a struggle. It was just childish ...more
Jeff Raymond
A girl heads back to her boarding school. She goes to a boarding school because she's an actress, and her sequel to her big movie wasn't greenlit, and her response is to lie about it. So the story continues on with this being the pressure point of the plot, and I think you might get an idea as to why this didn't connect for me. There may be some fun fantasy wish fulfillment here for some readers, but I found it hard to like anything going on here. ...more
Ashley Kosik
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A great book to read when you’re having a rough week. Although the stakes aren’t high, the lead is an interesting hard working (not whiny) girl that is easy to relate to when her world falls apart as often happens in the human experience - everything changes and you feel like no one can relate. It’s been nice to get lost in this book and see the leads strengths even when she doesn’t recognize them herself.
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