Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd
Edited by Holly Black and Cecil Casellucci
Little, Brown Young Readers (2009)
ISBN 9780316008099
Reviewed by Avni Gupta (age 15) for Reader Views 9/09)


When I received “Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd,” I was really looking forward to reading it. When I found out that it was an anthology, I was even more excited! You see, I’m a nerd and I love reading stories about nerds like me! As soon as I started reading, I was hooked.

This collection of stories commenced with an amazing story about Jedis and Klingons – well, actually, people dressed up as them for a star wars/star trek convention. I have a confession to make; I had no idea what either of those two things was so I did a little research. A Jedi is a member of the peacekeeping force called the Jedi. They use the light side of the force and abhor the dark side. One important thing to remember about the Jedi is that they are from Star Wars. Klingons are an alien warrior race that is from Star Trek. Make sure you remember that one is from Star Wars and one is from Star Trek. Anyway, back to the story. So the Jedi and the Klingon have a one night stand. In the morning their one night stand love (if that term makes no sense to you, think of it as their… chemistry) is tested because they are from different worlds. Will their… love last?

This book was so amazing! I seriously could not put it down. Even though it was comprised of many short stories, somehow they all fit together perfectly and made the finished product into something amazing! I feel like this book could be read by a number of people from every walk of life. My college-aged brother read it and he loved it while my sixth-grade neighbor also enjoyed it. I feel as though this book would make a great present for anyone and everyone whom you are looking for a present for. Also, if you see this “Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd,” in a bookstore, you should most definitely get it. You will not be disappointed by the amazing short stories that have been written by these wonderful authors and compiled into this outstanding novel. Go ahead and indulge in this gripping tale about those of us who are geeks and nerds.


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