Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy. Archie and Veronica. Althena and Noth.…Graham and Roxy?
Graham met his best friend, Roxy, when he moved into her neighborhood eight years ago and she asked him which Hogwarts house he’d be sorted into. Graham has been in love with her ever since.
But now they’re sixteen, still neighbors, still best friends. And Graham and Roxy share more than ever—moving on from their Harry Potter obsession to a serious love of comic books.
When Graham learns that the creator of their favorite comic, The Chronicles of Althena, is making a rare appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con, he knows he must score tickets. And the event inspires Graham to come up with the perfect plan to tell Roxy how he really feels about her. He’s got three days to woo his best friend at the coolest, kookiest con full of superheroes and supervillains. But no one at a comic book convention is who they appear to be…even Roxy. And Graham is starting to realize fictional love stories are way less complicated than real-life ones.
Sarvenaz Tash is the author of The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love (an Amazon Best Book of the Year, YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant YA Readers), Virtually Yours, Three Day Summer, The Mapmaker and the Ghost, and co-author of Ghosting: A Love Story and Hollywood Ending. She was born in Tehran, Iran and grew up on Long Island, NY. She received her BFA in Film and Television from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, which means she got to spend most of college running around and making movies (it was a lot of fun). She has dabbled in all sorts of writing including screenwriting, copywriting, and professional tweeting for the likes of Bravo and MTV. Sarvenaz currently lives in Brooklyn, NY with her family.
It had been a long time since I'd read a (reasonably) non-angsty YA book, and this one absolutely hit the spot! Sweet, fun, full of pop culture and sci-fi gems, it reminded me a little bit of Eleanor & Park but it had a charm all its own.
"Because maybe if the gesture is grand enough, and perfect enough, it won't be unrequited at all and I, Graham William Posner—lanky, pale, glasses, and with a penchant for fantasy worldswill actually get the girl.
Graham can barely remember a time when his best friend Roxana wasn't a fixture in his life. In fact, he probably only has about five years of memories without her in them. They have watched the same movies over and over again, read the same books and graphic novels, play the same games, and they even write their own graphic series (Graham writes, Roxana draws)—The Misfits of Mage High.
But lately things are changing. Roxana is all Graham can think about—but in a romantic way. He doesn't just want to talk to her, or write with her—he wants to kiss her. He has started a list called "Things Roxana Loves," and he's watched enough 80s movies to know he needs to find the perfect moment to tell her how he feels. He thinks he has found it, when they find out that Robert Zinc, the reclusive creator of their favorite series of all time, The Chronicles of Althena, will be doing a Q&A session at New York Comic Con. All Graham needs to do is get them into that session, and then he'll get the girl, right?
What could go wrong?
Well, needless to say, the path to true love never runs smoothly. Graham finds himself battling more than his share of obstacles in his plans for giving Roxana the perfect weekend. The more things go wrong, the more he considers taking grander steps to get his message across. But what if Roxy doesn't feel the same way about him? Is he willing to risk their friendship for the possibility of taking it to the next step? Can they shake the good-looking British stud who has attached himself to Roxy? And will they ever get to see Robert Zinc before he goes into hiding again?
"When you live for stories, when you spend so much of your time immersed in careful constructs of three and five acts, it sometimes feels like you're just stumbling through the rest of life, trying to divine meaningful narrative threads from the chaos."
Sarvenaz Tash does such a great job with The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love. It charmed me from the very first sentence, and never let up. We've seen scenarios like these over and over in books, movies, television shows, yet that didn't diminish what made the book so enjoyable. These are familiar but tremendously winning characters, and even when they're sullen because they're not getting their way, you root for them.
There's so much going on in this book in such a short time, it would be fun to see this as a movie. It would also be fun to see Tash develop The Chronicles of Althena into something, because that series sounds fascinating! All in all, though, I really, really liked this. It may not be for everyone, but if my description appeals to you, the book is sure to do more! Can't wait to see what Tash has in store next!!
So I took my abiding love of John Hughes movies and my extreme nerdiness and, somewhere along the way, out came this book pitched as Pretty in Pink goes to comic con. I've loved writing it...I hope you love reading it.
“Sometimes all we have is the knowledge that something extraordinary exists in the universe, even if we can’t be the ones to claim it. Sometime that has to be enough.”
A quick cute read about an all around geek boy concocting his supposedly epic love story but which as the story goes, unexpectedly veers off into a different direction and he slowly realizes that he might be becoming a supporting character in his best friend’s love story. It was an easy read, relatable especially with all those nerdifications, funny, kind of predictable but enjoyable.
This is honestly just what I needed after the crippling pain Crystal Storm inflicted on me. So cute, so funny, so darling,
The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love is narrated by Graham Posner, a sixteen year-old aspiring comic writer who just so happens to be in love with this co-illustrator and best friend, Roxana.
When the teens find out that the creator of their favourite comic is making a rare appearance at the New York Comic Con, Graham is adamant that he’s going to score tickets and proclaim his undying love to Roxy in the most fitting place possible – buuuuttt, things don’t go exactly according to plan.
I have to say, despite the ‘best-friend to lovers’ cliché that one would assume would consume the plot, this book was surprisingly original. I loved the geek edge that was incorporated whether in the form of quips or book references or costumes or Stud Crumpets , it was all very delightful to read.
“Well, then. There's no aspiring about it. If you write, you're a writer.”
^^*wipes tears* that quote is so inspiring.
For a quick read that was more comical than solemn (and ALTHOUGH I didn’t get the Harry Potter references !!!!) it sure did have an unconventional ending that I must say, I am very pleased with.
“ ‘Sometimes all we have is the knowledge that something extraordinary exists in the universe, even if we can’t be the ones to claim it. Sometimes that has to be enough,’ ” Amelia says, quoting Althena.
Hopefully this book will help me recover from the numbness bout that Crystal Storm put me in. :) :) :) :)
I'm a huge SDCC goer, so I was so excited to read this book.
I loved being in Graham's head. He's a super fan and I loved reading him geek out over fandom. Roxy was fun, but I feel like we didn't really get to know the real her due to Graham's infatuation. All of their interactions were tempered with his inner monologue professing his undying love and affection. My favorites of the book were Casey and Felicia and I could easily read a book about either of them.
The plot revolves around the three days of NYCC and while I've never been to that con, the descriptions and pacing of things felt authentic. I have a cluster of friends who I go with and it felt just like this: one mega scehduler and everyone breaking off and meeting back up.
Overall, a super cute and quick read. There was a bit of drama, but nothing too bad. It makes me wish July was already here.
**Huge thanks to Simon & Schuster and Edelweiss for providing the arc in exchange for an honest review**
"Being in love is so complicated, I don't think I ever fully realized how insane and intense it can make you feel - and not necessarily in a good way."
Cute and nerdy teenage love story. That's how I would describe this novel. Or how can everything go wrong when you decide to profess love to your best friend at Comic Con. Most surprising thing? This book was pretty funny, here and there!
Graham can chat and draw comics with his best friend Roxy for hours, but he is at complete lost how to tell her that he loves her and how to get her to be his girlfriend. I'm not going to lie, Graham was awkward but quite unique narrator. Sometimes, he sounded more like fantasy comic hero himself than a real boy. But it was what made him "him" and I was okay with that. However, even though I liked expressive writing style, at the same time it was hard to believe that teenage male narrator would speak and think in such a way. Maybe I'm being judgmental but no real teenage boy I have ever knew (or heard about) had such lively way of expressing himself. So yeah, it was entertaining to read about but quite unrealistic.
In short, The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love is quick and entertaining read. Nonetheless, it lacked solid background and character's introduction and development. It felt like an episode of sitcom where we are already supposed to know characters and are thrown into the story without proper introduction.
But enough of negatives. Even though this is no masterpiece, I truly enjoyed myself and found premise of comic geeks romance an interesting topic for YA novel and I do think that this book is worth of reading if you want something quick and not very angsty to read.
*ARC provided by publisher as an exchange for honest review*
The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love is a must read for any fan who’s ever attended a convention. This story really hit home for me because it takes place at my home con, New York Comic Con, over the period of Friday – Sunday. I thought because the story takes place at a convention I have been attending for years that I wouldn’t be able to put nitpicky things aside and enjoy the plot but Tash’s convention depiction is pure perfection. She got all of the little details right between methodically planning cosplay and your daily schedule, to avoiding people in larger than life costumes and even to the seating arrangements on the Long Island Rail Road. I even love how the cover photo is taken outside the Javits Center on 11th Ave because it makes it that much more authentic. One thing to note is that the diner Tash talks about outside the convention center on 11th Ave was recently closed and is being turned into a high rise building (but that happened after she would’ve already gone through the publishing process) and having eaten there myself I was so happy to see it included. (Side story: Funnily enough, the last time Andrew (who works for a structural engineering firm) and I walked past it, he said mark my words, that one story diner will never last to the end of this year. There’s so much wasted sky space and lo and behold, he was absolutely correct.) Also, I could not possibly have empathized more re: line drama UGH.
Even more important than the setting, Tash also captures the spirit of fandom and young love as told by our narrator Graham. Graham is the most endearing type of nerd and he’s been harboring a crush on his best friend in the whole world, Roxana. He decides that NYCC is the perfect place to tell her and he spends a huge chunk of his time daydreaming and planning about how he’ll make a grand enough gesture without potentially frightening her. I also have to note that Tash mentions the epic upside-down-in-the-rain Spider-Man kiss on page one so you can bet that I was hooked. Despite the geeky references and the goings on of NYCC, The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love tells a much bigger coming of age story that is not even the slightest bit overshadowed by the amount of pop culture it contains. I genuinely wish that John Hughes were still around so he could adapt this novel because I think many pop culture nerds would love to see this on screen. The supporting characters, Casey and Felicia were among my favorites in the story and if I have one complaint, it’s that I would’ve liked to have gotten to know Roxana a bit better because what I did learn about her, I really admired. (Although, I would also love to read a book from college Graham’s perspective. He really weaved his way into my heart!)
Final Thoughts: If The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenez Tash is not yet on your radar and you’ve ever been to and enjoyed a comic convention, you need to pick up this book immediately. It’s such a fun look at how pop culture brings people together and the entire time I was reading, I felt like I time traveled back to high school to hang out with my group of friends. The book is entirely accurate and you’ll feel the nerd rage that I’m sure you’ve experienced IRL when you join Graham, Roxana, Casey and Felicia throughout certain moments in their adventure. The story is engaging, the characters will warm your heart and the setting is everything – especially when we’re smack dab in the middle of con season!
I am smitten! Smitten with these characters; smitten with this author; smitten with this book. I can’t really describe it. After reading Tash’s debut, Three Day Summer, I knew I would read anything she wrote. It was such a great story about human interaction at a time that seems so long ago. I loved the characters and the story telling and they heart behind it all. So when I heard about The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love it was a given I would read it. What I didn’t expect was how taken I would be by it. It was so fun and real and epic and wondrous.
The thing that I loved the most about The Geek’s Guide to Unrequited Love, besides the characters (more on that below), is that it isn’t a coming of age book. It isn’t a book about comic nerds. It isn’t even a true love story/romance. The Geek’s Guide is a book that is real. Things in life don’t always go as planned. You don’t always win the big game, or get into the school of your dreams. You don’t always get the girl or get something you are hoping for. Life just doesn’t work that way. You have to adapt and move on and come up with a new plan or idea. Tash captured that to perfection with Graham’s story. Nothing went the poor kid’s way. Everything that could go wrong for him did, but he just kept on going. Whether he was mad or sad or hurt or happy, he just kept on going like we all have to do.
Actually Graham was the one character that made the book for me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Roxy and co., but Graham was like a red headed Seth Cohen (and let’s face it Seth Cohen made geeky hot). He had this inner dialogue that just killed me. He was quirky and funny and charming. I liked him immediately and he truly made me giggle throughout the book. And his knowledge of pop-culture…OH MY GOD! So epic. Graham was the perfect kind of character to control this kind of story and I kind of love him (and the rest of them).
Basically this book was just what I needed to reminded me about the ups and downs of life and love and friendship. Sarvenez crafted a book that is so perfect (sorry Felicia) that I need everyone to read it and be smitten with me. To be honest I knew I would love it after Three Day Summer, but I didn’t know I would end up being as over the moon about it as I was. If Tash’s books are not on your radar you need to fix that immediately. She is one author that is doing great, great things. Now go and read her books!
This was TOTALLY amazing!! I. Loved. It. It was so much fun to read. It was so funny. The ending surprised me....but secretly I was delighted. I had them together in my mind from the beginning. I loved Graham, he was amazing. I felt so awful for him throughout the book. I loved the Princess Bride references! I was so mad at Roxana and her reaction to Graham. I DON'T UNDERSTAND!!!!!! I would be thrilled if I was in her place. Oh well, everything worked out beautifully and it was a happy ending. Fantastic book! So well done!
My initial interest in this book was because I've always wanted to go to a big Comic Con like NY or SD and have never been able to go, and also because I know Sarvenaz Tash from the Apocalypsies 2012 debut group and online, and she's always seemed really cool.
However, I know a lot of really cool authors and I don't have time to read and/or rate all of their books, so trust me when I say I wouldn't be here on GR starring the crap out of this if I didn't think it was super-awesome.
Star #1: The story. I don't want to be spoilery, but it does have the definite flavor of a John Hughes movie, with lovably flawed characters and a poignant yet satisfying ending.
Star #2: NYCC experience. Okay, I haven't been so I can't say for sure it's legit, but I have been to Javits Center *shudder* and I've been to small Comic Cons and I think she did a great job establishing the con atmosphere (can I just say "blocked blocked" as a term for when people dressed like 1980's Tetris blocks prevent you from getting where you need to go has made me laugh like five times since I finished the book?) without going overboard describing the panelists of every fictional panel and the adornments of every cosplay costume.
Star #3: Diversity. Do not let the awkward white boy on the cover fool you. This book has major characters who are white, black, Iranian, Japanese, and British. (Yes, there's an HBM for those of you who like that sort of thing.) It also prominently features a fictional alien who comes from a planet where the beings are 57 different genders.
Star #4: Deep thoughts about art. A lot of the characters are writers and artists--from the MC and his best friend to the various panelists at the con--who share important truthy truths about the experience of being a creator. I don't know Sarvenaz Tash personally, but after reading this book I feel a deeper connection to her as a writer. So much inspiration has been subtly woven into this narrative in an unobtrusive way.
Star #5: Total package. This book has everything Reader Paula wants--an engaging plot, an intriguing setting, flawed but lovable characters who screw up but are self-aware enough to own their mistakes, laugh-out-loud writing, places along the way that made me think a little deeper about myself and the world, and a satisfying ending. AND she managed to do it in under 300 pages.
This is truly a book I think will appeal to teens, adults, reluctant readers, voracious readers, and geeks of all classes, races, and genders. And if you're not a geek, I'd also give it a chance. After all, it's fun being someone else for a few hours, isn't it? :)
If you don't know the reference then you better skip reading The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love. Chances are, you either aren't a Loki/Hiddles fan, don't care about fandoms or you're simply not interested into anything geek related.
There was no way I was missing this book. Look at the title! The blurb! And that cute cover which is making me think the same person who designs Morgan Matson's covers worked on Tash's book as well. They are all from S&S so it's possible.
A comic book enthusiast, best-friend-loving, ginger nerd Graham deserves a sequel. I feel like he could offer so much more. I want to see his and Roxana's comic to see the light of day. I want them to still have a great friendship; I would be even fine with them having different priorities and slowly drifting apart only to be reconnected later. I just want more. Story wrapped up nicely and I was satisfied with the way it ended. I've only now started thinking how awesome it would be to explore Graham's college world. I am insane.
Reading about SDCC made me want to be there even more, not just because of the movie panels but also meeting some of the greatest comic book artists would be there. If someone graciously bought me a plane ticket and got me a pass to every panel I would be like
You can also read this review on YA Books Central! Thanks to the publisher for the eARC in exchange of my honest opinion.
A Standout In The Field Of Unrequited Love ♥
Geeky Perfection. That's the best label I can think of for The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love. This book is a sweet, hilarious, and totally epic ride about friendship, fandom, Comic Cons, self-discovery, and of course, dealing with unrequited love.
Graham is a self-proclaimed geek in love with his best friend, Roxana. After debating countless of times of how and when he should finally profess his love, the answer comes to him when it is announced that their favorite comic author will have a Q&A session in the upcoming New York Comic Con. From then on, Graham plans it all. He will show Roxy that they could be more than best friends by spending three special days full of the things that they love the most in the world. Except, things not always go as planned.
My expectations for this book were really high after seeing its fun and colorful cover a couple of months ago, and I'm beyond pleased to say this book definitely delivered. You won't hear me say anything bad about it because I loved it from front to back. It's entertaining, incredibly sweet, and a total page-turner. One minute I was reading chapter one and the next thing I knew I was rating it its well-deserved five stars (even wishing to go to a Comic Con soon!).
Our superhero (because that's what he is in a non-literal way), is one of the best male main characters I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Graham's dedication to prove himself worthy of Roxy's love is so sweet, he made ME fall in love with him right from the start. Not to mention that he is also funny, a talented writer, and a great friend to have around.
Sarvenaz Tash not only created a great lead character, but also brings to life incredibly authentic characters in this book. All of them are fun and the kind you want to have in your life. I liked how the author even proves with one character how stereotypes of the "popular and pretty" kind often get it all wrong. Really well done.
And to those who are a geek at heart (like me) will find that this book is a splendid window towards all the fun that takes place inside a Comic Con. So many great references, but my favorite part of all was the one about The Princess Bride. Fans of this classic will be highly amused!
The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love is a delightful story about the pros and cons of taking the next step into an unrequited love. It will take readers on a fast-paced journey of self-discovery and of looking forward to new possibilities. We need more books just like this one!
THAT WAS SO CUUUUUUUTE. Fantastic narrative voice, and great characters (both main and secondary). If you're looking for a geeky, fun, quick YA read that (despite what the blurb says) really isn't suuuuper romance-centric, I highly recommend this one.
Initial Impressions 6/27/16: This was VERY fun and super cute! I loved that it took place at NYCC and at Javits! As a book blogger, I've been to the Javits Center a few times so it was so fun to picture myself there and at the con. I loved all of the nerdy references and so many different fandoms represented. Even The Princess Bride! The character were great - fun, realistic, and cute. I also loved the ending. It was a little unpredictable and not too cliche. Really fun read!
Review as originally posted HERE on The Book Addict's Guide 7/18/16: I love geeky/nerdy love stories so I knew I wanted to read this from the moment I saw the title! Full of geeky references, nerds galore, and an entire story revolving around Comic-Con, THE GEEK’S GUIDE TO UNREQUITED LOVE had me hooked from the start and kept me totally involved throughout the story!
GEEK’S GUIDE had so many wonderful things! A great friendship, a cute quest for romance, and tons of nerdy references. Without spoiling anything, I will say that I really, really loved the ending. GEEK’S GUIDE had all of that feeling of a John Hughes movie (the characters even have a strong love for John Hughes!) where the main character has some awesome quirks to make them totally unique but they’ve got a crush just out of reach (or way out of reach) except the ending wasn’t entirely predictable as some Hughes movies are. Graham went through a string of mishaps that any typical novel might have but nothing felt too predictable or cliche. I loved the way Sarvenaz Tash really created a novel that felt comfortable and familiar but still took its own path.
The setting of Comic-Con was absolute perfection. Being a book blogger who has been at the Javits Center a few times for Book Expo America, it was so much fun to see the characters in a specific location that I could relate to. I loved trying to picture where they were in the Javits Center throughout their time at NYCC and it really added a layer of reality to the book for me. I also just loved how a lot of the book took place at Comic-Con and how well it was portrayed. I moderated a book panel at a comic convention and I’ve been to several book conventions so it was fun to see the similarities in the novel as well as experience the differences.
I love best-friend-to-more romances and I really liked that GEEK’S GUIDE dealt with Graham’s crush on his best friend Roxy. It’s always such a tricky situation when you’ve got a friend-crush but there can also be so many wonderful butterflies! The problem that Graham faces is that he truly does not know if Roxy feels the same way and when you’re best friends, it’s impossible sometimes to tell where that line begins and ends. It’s always worrying reading a friends-to-more story because I always wonder what if it doesn’t work out? The friendship is likely ruined and then these characters that I love so much are in pieces. Again, I won’t give away the ending but I just really loved how Sarvenaz Tash handled every single situation in this book. Everything felt really true to the characters and really realistic as well.
If you’re looking for a fun, geeky, and sweet novel, THE GEEK’S GUIDE TO UNREQUITED LOVE will be a hit with you! I had such a blast reading it and I just loved Sarvenaz Tash’s writing. I’m a new fan and I can’t wait to read more from her!
Graham Posner is a teenage comic book writer who is in love with his best friend, Roxana. Roxy and Graham share everything: a love of Harry Potter, John Hughes movies and (fictional) comic book author Robert Zinc’s Althena series, but also serious moments in life like Graham’s mom’s death. Needless to say, they’re inseparable. This weekend at New York Comic Con, Graham will finally put make a grand gesture to tell Roxy he loves her.
Of course, nothing goes as planned.
Author Sarvenaz Tash has said that this book combines her love of John Hughes teen romantic comedies from the 80s with nerdiness, and that’s exactly what this is. But what she doesn’t mention is just how funny and honest this book is. It’s not only a great representation of what I experienced when I went to Toronto’s Fan Expo a few years ago – from the panels to the artists to the cosplay to the people – but it’s also just so darn realistic. Graham’s emotional journey, the friendship that he has with Roxy, their other best friends geek genius Casey and perfect/popular/smart Felicia…wow. Every character rings true, the dialogue is funny, bantery and geeky.
I completely fell in love with the way Tash told this story, with the three days of Comic Con anchoring a large ensemble of characters. I loved that the characters came home every night after the con to just a normal family dinner. I loved that feeling of going around a con with friends, and sometimes going to stuff you didn’t like. And I loved how well Tash described that aching, longing, and heart-wrenching feeling that you get when you want to tell someone you love them, but you’re also super-frustrated with them.
This is a must-read for anyone who is part of a fandom, and also for anyone who really needs a unique, realistic take on unrequited love.
This book is utterly ridiculous, but in the absolute best way possible.
There were so many ways this book could have been overdone and felt overly exaggerated, but it managed to balance it’s silly moments with characters that felt like they could have been real people. I’m so pleasantly surprised that this book worked so well.
Graham has recently realized that he is deeply in love with his next door neighbor and longtime best friend, Roxana. He plans to finally profess his love to her during their weekend at New York Comic Con, but this, of course, doesn’t go exactly as planned.
Also, I seriously want to go to Comic Con now, despite not really being into that aspect of nerd culture. This book made it sound like so much fun!
This, in general, is an incredibly fun book. It balances humor with the vulnerable moments and manages to be incredibly entertaining. For such a little book, this is a story that felt like it knew exactly what it wanted to be and it accomplished it.
The characters were great. They were silly, but they had depth. The writing was solid, not overly simplified. The aspects of “nerd culture” are extremely prevalent, but even though I wasn’t familiar with most of them I never felt confused with the story.
This is definitely going to be a top recommendation for light and quick contemporary reads for me. This book was an absolute delight to read.
This was a short cute weekend adventure. Go to Comicon, profess your love! This book happily brought out my inner nerd girl. I would love for guy to go half as all out for me as Graham tries to do for Roxy. It drives my nuts how it goes wrong. And more crazy that she is oblivious! I was not a fan of her character. Honestly she seemed a bit self absorbed. Graham I really liked. Too sweet for his own good though. I also liked the characterization of Felicia and Casey. They were nicely fleshed out for not beign main characters. Amelia I loved. When she was around were the best chapters. I love how she interacts with Graham. The pace is nicely done and you can almost feel a part of the convention. I love how it is all brought to life.
Eines meiner absoluten Wunschbücher im Juli war definitiv der neue Roman von Sarvenaz Tash und „Die (beinahe) größte Liebesgeschichte des Universums“. Und was soll ich sagen? Das Warten hat sich gelohnt!
Graham und Roxy sind beste Freunde, seitdem Graham als Kind in das Haus neben Roxy eingezogen ist. Seither lesen sie gemeinsam Harry-Potter-Bücher und Comics, schauen zusammen Kult-Filme von John Hughes und arbeiten bei an einer eigenen Geschichte. Graham textet, während Roxy zeichnet. Nun machen sich die beiden gemeinsam auf zur New Yorker Comic-Convention und für Graham steht eines fest: an diesem Wochenende möchte er endlich seine Chance nutzen und Roxy gestehen, dass er für sie ein bisschen mehr empfindet, als sie denkt… Doch dann kommt natürlich alles anders, als geplant war.
Bei Büchern aus dem Magellan Verlag kann man nicht umhin, die so liebevolle und detailreiche Gestaltung zu loben. Ich bin jedes Mal aufs Neue davon begeistert, wie schön diese Bücher aussehen. So ist hier nicht nur der Schutzumschlag ein totaler Hingucker, auch unter dem Schutzumschlag verbirgt sich ein wahres Schmuckstück. Auch wenn man zugeben muss, dass die herzige Gestaltung doch eine ganze Spur romantischer ist, als es die Handlung innerhalb des Buchs tatsächlich ist.
Die Handlung selbst wird nämlich ausschließlich aus Grahams Perspektive beschrieben und ich denke, dass diese Geschichte vor allem auch deswegen sehr gut von männlichen Lesern gelesen werden kann. Natürlich dreht sich die Geschichte darum, dass Graham in Roxy verliebt ist, aber ich hatte den Eindruck, dass sich dieser Handlungsstrang immer wieder ein wenig in den Hintergrund zieht. Drum herum steht nämlich das Geschehen auf der Comic-Con im Vordergrund, wie auch die gemeinsame Zeit der Freunde. Graham und Roxy besuchen die Comic-Con nämlich in Gesellschaft ihrer Freunde und lernen dort auch andere Gleichgesinnte kennen.
»So eine Chance kriegt man nur einmal im Leben… Die kriegt sogar ein Timelord nur einmal im Leben!« – Seite 7
Wie man das so von Comic-Conventions kennte, ist es das Fest schlechthin, wenn es um Comics, Superhelden, Filme, Serien und Fandoms geht. Man trifft nicht nur ganz viele gleichgesinnte Menschen, sondern kann außerdem die verschiedensten Kostüme bestaunen, selbst einmal der Lieblingsheld sein und die vielen Stars hautnah treffen. Wer sich auch nur ansatzweise in all den Dingen wiederfindet, der wird mit diesem Buch deswegen sein allergrößtes Vermögen haben. Für mich als Doctor-Who-Fan war bereits die erste Kapitelüberschrift („Einmal im Timelord-Leben“) ein kleines Highlight.
Was aber diesen Roman zu einem tollen Lesevergnügen macht, ist der wunderbare Humor, mit dem mich die Autorin vollkommen überzeugen konnte. Alleine die Kapitelüberschriften sind stellenweise so treffend und gleichzeitig so lustig gewählt, hinzu kommt der Humor von Graham selbst. Das macht ihn nicht nur sehr sympathisch, man fühlt auch so gut mit ihm mit. Auch die Dialoge zwischen ihm und seinem Freund Casey sind gleichzeitig unterhaltsam, aber auch so authentisch. Man kann nicht anders, als mit den beiden befreundet sein zu wollen.
»Verdammt. Okay, er sieht gut aus, er ist Brite und dazu noch ein echter Nerd. Und ich bin total am Arsch.« – Seite 189
Außerdem war ich selbst ein wenig überrascht davon, wie abwechslungsreich und unvorhersehbar die Autorin ihre Geschichte gestaltet und aufgebaut hat. Wenn ich ehrlich bin, dachte ich anfangs, dass der grobe noch folgende Handlungsverlauf eigentlich recht eindeutig wäre, da man bei solchen Geschichten selten viel Spielraum hat, doch so eindeutig war dieser letztendlich doch nicht. Und das war dann schlussendlich noch so der entscheidende, sehr positive Punkt, welcher das Buch von einem guten, zu einem sehr guten Buch für mich machte.
„Die (beinahe) größte Liebesgeschichte des Universums“ konnte mich auf allen nur möglichen Ebenen vollkommen überzeugen. Sympathische Charaktere, ein sehr charmanter und humorvoller Schreibstil, eine überrasche und abwechslungsreiche Handlung, ganz viel geeky-nerdy Fangirl-Stoff sowie eine tolle Zeit auf der Comic-Con.
4.5 ⭐ This book was on my shelf for a while now but didn't get around to read it till this year's reading rush made me And I'm so glad , my nerdy heart was so happy reading all about the fandoms I like There were mentions of , Game of thrones 👑 , Harry Potter 🧙♂️ , Princess bride 👰 , Attack on titan ⚔ , Lord of the rings 💍 , guardians of the galaxy 🌌 And more This is everything I wanted Geekerella to be.
After reading Three Day Summer and being taken to Woodstock last year, I was very excited for a new novel from Sarvenaz Tash. And the best part? This time it's set at New York Comic Con! The synopsis promised a light and fun story filled with hints of romance and excellent geekery, and I got exactly that. I'm learning that Tash does something extremely well in her books: setting immersion. Three Day Summer so excellently brought me to a music festival, and The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love stellarly took me to a con. (But thanks, Sarvenaz, because I really, really want to go to a con right freaking now.)
Graham and Roxana united over Harry Potter and have been best friends ever since. They bonded over their favorite comic series The Chronicles of Althena, and when Graham learns that the creator is going to be making a very rare appearance (honestly, more people have spotted Sasquatch) at NYCC, he decides that will be the perfect time to finally tell Roxana he's in love with her. But these things never go as planned, so Graham stumbles through three con-filled days dodging hot British crumpets, bribing his friends, fighting evil, and trying to make NYCC the best time of Roxana's life--and hopefully winning her love and affection in return.
I really liked Graham. I loved his obsession with the things he loves (fanboying for the win) and how determined he was to make the weekend a success. (Though I did frown a bit at how he'd pick Roxana over Casey and be a little blinded by his love.) He's a fun, quirky character, and being in his head--hearing his internal dialogue over a few particular things or, ahem, people (specifically someone British)--put a smile on my face. I adored his highly organized, almost-top-of-the-class, slightly obsessive friend Casey, and I totally ship him with Felicia. (Okay, but do you know how many times "Bye Felicia" went through my head while reading this?) There were a few other secondary characters, some I liked and one I tolerated, but I'll keep them mysterious so you can meet them for yourself. And then there's Roxana. I wouldn't say I disliked her, necessarily. It's just that I wasn't sure I wanted her and Graham to be together. I'd feel bad for Graham when his wooing didn't go as planned and he'd move on to Plan Z. But the problem of sorts was that, yes, I very much wanted Graham to get the girl--but I didn't know if I wanted him to get The Girl, aka Roxana. (It's not a complaint or anything; just a battle of the ships, I guess!) I kept going back and forth on what I wanted Graham's ending to be, and it was hard to choose! But in the end, I am satisfied with where he ends up. (Although I was sad the book came to an end, for I was rather enjoying it.)
Like I said, this book very much puts you directly into the setting, and I love that. It's one of the things Tash does so well. I'd love to know what someone who hasn't been to a con thinks, but for me, as someone who has to been one: yeeeeees. I was so easily able to picture what was happening and what was going on and how things worked, and it was great. I could picture the costumed people and the long lines and the booths (and the desire to buy this and that and everything) and the crowds and the noise. And damn if it didn't make me want to get up and go to a con. Just like Woodstock in Three Day Summer, the setting in Geek's Guide was very successful.
Another thing Tash does well is her writing style. Do you ever want to pick up a book that you can breeze through and not worry about mind-numbing issues or heart-wrenching pain? Her books aren't what I'd call fluffy, per se, but they're light and simple and fun and swell, and I mean that in the best possible way. The Geek's Guide to Unrequited was a joy to read, and I swear I was smiling through a good chunk of it. But that's what Tash writes (at least so far): books that are happy. They take you on a little vacation, a nice break from the boring real world. Ah, that's exactly it: her books are vacations. She'll take you somewhere for a few days--again with the immersive setting--and make you feel like you're really there. She keeps the vacation upbeat and mostly free of rain, because that's what a good and real vacation is. That's actually the perfect way to describe her books. Where to next, Sarvenaz Tash? (I know, LET'S GO TO DISNEYLAND.)
In the end, The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love is a novel I was a bit sad to see end, because reading it was such fun and, hello, New York Comic Con. Sarvenaz Tash so excellently and perfectly takes you to the con and makes you never want to leave (no matter how much your feet, shoulders, and back are killing you). Her writing keeps the story light and helps create a book that, when you open the page, takes you on a little vacation. And with a cast of quirky and very relatable characters, plus all kinds of pop culture references, the story is complete. Just be prepared to really, really want to go to a con, damn it.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
"There's a part of you that thinks it's not supposed to work out that way," Dad continues slowly, his eyes on the road. "That you get one great love and to try again with anyone else would be an abomination to that memory. I never thought I would have to find love again, obviously, when I married your mom. And after she was gone, I never thought I ever could... I never looked for it---"
Tbh it started out a little boring and then it got slightly better. But it was kinda predictable. Graham's attention was clear. To sweep Roxana off her feet and make her his girlfriend. But his plans fell apart and Felicia came along and everything changed. The ending was honestly predictable. I could already guess what could possibly happen the moment the changes occurred and I was absolutely right. Not to spoil anything, but when Felicia came along I really thought she was crushing on Graham. Hah luckily I was wrong. That'd be weird.
I'm pretty sure there could be more to Devin's character because he seemed like a boring person from the narrative and I can't for the life of me imagine why anyone would be swoon by him other than his British accent. It's cute or whatever but at the end of the day, relationship is more than just a sexy accent, right? He wasn't even a part of their fandom, and for him to just stick around with them after the speed dating thing was all too weird for me. Like, did he just attend the CC to find a nerdy girlfriend or what? He rarely wandered off on his own except for the few couple of times.
I think the dynamic between Roxana and Graham was not strong enough. They're best friends but it's like they barely knew each other at the CC. Feelings were involved and suddenly it's fragile and breakable. Roxana could be more open about it I guess. They've been bracing each other's bs for so long, and she flipped over a confession. But then again, teenagers. I think that word alone is self-explanatory.
Graham's dad is one cool dad. The quote above was from him. I relate so much to it. Sometimes you think you can't love another after you lose someone, but maybe, you're wrong.
I never knew CC would be this cliche though. Jokes aside, although I'm never really a part of any fandom, it must be cool to attend CC.
Paula Stokes recommended this to me and I am so glad I took her up on her suggestion! I received the e-ARC from Faye, S&S's publicist. When Paula was describing TGGTUL to me, she caught my attention at 'comic con.' Sarvenaz had me, hook, line, and sinker, with the Princess Bride reference. Okay, so the plot might not be the most original - the geek trying to get the girl - but it was such a delightfully enjoyable and entertaining read. I loved the diversity of the characters and the friendships portrayed. I also loved how Sarvenaz really took us to comic con with her descriptions, and how she was able to weave the story into the (fun!) chaos of a convention. It made me add 'going to NYCC' to my bucket list!
Additionally, while the comic con only lasted 3 days (the story takes place over the course of half a week), Sarvenaz made it work without making the pace too fast or too slow. It was almost as if I was right there alongside the characters, traveling with them to their respective panels or signings. Overall, I loved this book and I can't wait to check out the rest of Sarvenaz's works!
This was pretty adorable. Comic-con, best friends, fandom and all kinds of love. Failed romantic love, forever friend love, and new love. It didn't get too deep, this is a lighter YA fare, but nonetheless it was fun and geeky and hopeful.