Saturday, 8 September 2012

Review: Retro Geeks by Karen Mueller Bryson

Retro Geeks is a Short on Time Books for Teens, fast-paced and fun novels for readers on the go. Remember when it wasn't cool to be a geek? That's so yesterday! Retro Geeks, chronicles the (mis)adventures of two self-proclaimed geek girls, Molly and Ally, as they attempt to land super-hot dates for their senior prom. The 80s obsessed BFFs attempt a variety of date-finding schemes, including spying on the popular girls for the 411 on fitting in, in their quest for top-tier prom dates.
Retro Geeks is a short story about two girls who have been best friends forever and have a love of everything that is 80's.This story tells how the two friends, Molly and Ally, attempt to get dates to escort them to the prom. The two girls have never been asked to a prom before and this is their last chance before leaving for college. 

I had no idea what to expect from this story and didn't have a clue about the plot. Unfortunately, I didn't enjoy it. I felt this idea would have worked better as a full length novel as it seemed a little rushed and the characters were very flat and unrealistic. They were meant to be 17 years old but behaved as if they were 12 years old which was in itself off putting. 
The antagonists were the stereotypical mean girls and the Molly and Ally characters seemed a little pathetic, maybe that was the intention? I'm not sure, but I feel the the characters needed to be more rounded to make them more believable and realistic. 

I did like that the chapters were named after 80's songs ,but the first chapter just read like an 80's compilation CD. I gave this book to my daughter to read to get the perspective of an 11 year old but she too didn't really enjoy it and to quote her directly `I just can't see two girls being that desperate in real life, but I did like that the bullies got what they deserved'. 

This book is aimed at the young adult audience but I think it would be more suited to an 11-13 age group. Although I didn't enjoy this book, I would like to read a full length novel by Ms Mueller Bryson to see how she does develop a plot and characters. I give this book 1 star: a good idea but just not enough detail, maybe a younger would appreciate it but maybe I'm just too old for it!
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