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#Giveaway Review Going Geek by Charlotte Huang @charlottexhuang @DelacortePress @The_FFBC 9.24

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Going Geek by Charlotte Huang

Going Geek
by Charlotte Huang
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: September 13th 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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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 . . .

Skylar Hoffman is one of the cool kids, her mother is a Hollywood producer, she hands with all the right people and has the perfect boyfriends.  Until she doesn’t.  Her world suddenly crashes in on her when her mother’s next big thing fails to be produced, her parents are close to bankruptcy, she loses her dorm room at her posh boarding school and her boyfriend dumps her.  All on her first day of what is supposed to be the perfect senior year.  Her BFF, Whitney, brings in Lila, who is on the rocks with her family and forced to go to a boring boarding school.  The pair conspires to bring Skylar down to an even new low and considering she has lost everything,  there isn’t anything else her old friends can do to her.
After moving into a new dorm with what Skylar always considered the outcasts, she finds that these girls are really there for her in many ways that her old friends weren’t.  Skylar finds that even though she lost her spot on the Calendar, the social agenda-setting group on campus, she finds that she has a flair for getting people involved.  She helps her new roommate, Opal,  create a yoga club and becomes inspired to do more.  In helping others, Skylar finds that she helps herself become more as well.  She also meets a new guy that is much better than the old one.
This is such a fun read and I loved Off The Record so much!  I was also happy to see that Huang didn’t suffer a sophomore curse with this one. The characters are believable with very snappy dialogue that is filled with emotion but not over the top.  Skylar could have been so easy to hate and the fact that she grew to be so likable is something not a lot of authors can pull off honestly.  Parents:  you may want to read this one as well.  It is best suited for mature teens since there are mentions of drugs and alcohol, some language, some sexual situations but nothing graphic and over the top.
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Charlotte Huang is a graduate of Smith College and received an MBA from Columbia Business School, which is clearly something every aspiring writer should do. When not glued to her computer, she cheers her two sons on at sporting events and sometimes manages to stay up late enough to check out bands with her music agent husband. Charlotte lives in Los Angeles and is the author of For the Record(Delacorte, 2015) and Going Geek (Delacorte, September, 2016).

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