Going Geek – Charlotte Huang

Skylar starts off as an insufferable main character, so I couldn’t believe that by the end of it, I actually warmed up to her! But listen: girl stays strong, realizes what she wants from life, and goes after it.

Synopsis

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 known for, well, nothing. Living with a group of strangers everyone thinks is lame is bad enough. Worse is that Skylar wasn’t exactly truthful about how she spent summer break in Los Angeles—and her little white lie is causing her once rock-solid romance to crumble fast. And when it turns out that Skylar’s best friend is the one responsible for having her booted from Lincoln? It’s an all-out war.

Stepping out of her comfort zone never felt so scary—or necessary. But everything is different now. Including, maybe, Skylar herself . . .

Review

Skylar starts off as an insufferable main character, so I couldn’t believe that by the end of it, I actually warmed up to her! But listen: girl stays strong, realizes what she wants from life, and goes after it.

She turns down the guy that abandoned her, showed her two-faced BFF who’s boss, and empowered the disenfranchised masses to enjoy their high school career. Also, she built her resume, killed the SATs, and got past her family’s financial troubles. Wait a second… what exactly was Skylar’s role in all this?

In some ways, it was gratifying to see things start to look up for Skylar because she became an underdog. At the same time, some of her traits really haven’t changed. And taking over the Social Calendar just ousts certain people from their roles of power without making some big institutional change. Yes, you get some people more involved, but you also have to step on a lot of people along the way.

Skylar’s mom’s movie? Pure luck. Declan? Buddy, you’re sweet but don’t seem that compatible. At the end of the day, social climbing and social status still matter a lot to Skylar. I guess she has the power to bring other people up with her though.

Also, despite the feel-good messages, I honestly found myself siding with Whitney and Lila for a lot of their opinions. Prep schools and prestigious universities groom you to learn how to live in a socialite world. They create your connections if you play your cards right. Stepping on old money doesn’t really do you any good in the long run, and I kind of wish Skylar acknowledged that too. Maybe I’m a little jaded, but Winthrop Academy does not seem like a microcosm for real life.

Related Reading

  • Hello, I Love You – Katie M. Strout
  • Even in Paradise – Chelsey Philpot
  • Rules of Summer – Joanna Philbin
  • The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks

Rating: 3/5

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