Geek Chic: The Zoey Zone
Age: Eleven. Well, almost eleven. Backspace. Halfway to eleven.
Factoid: 198 days to sixth grade.
Problem: Coolability (see glossary inside).
Connect the dots: A bad hair situation . . . Growing earlobes . . .
1. A fairy godmother.
2. A molto chic makeover [molto = very in Italian].
3. A seat at the primo lunch table. [Primo is also Italian. It means best.]
Meet Zoey Zinevich. Shes almost eleven years old and eager to start eighth grade. Shes only got one problemZoey is a bit of a geek, and in order to survive middle school (as she has heard), shes got to become cool. With less than two hundred days to magically transform her appearance, Zoey doesnt know what to do. And that fairy godmother hasnt appeared yet to give her a makeover. In this short but hilarious novel, readers and Zoey Zinevich will learn to love who they are.
Normally, I dont think Id ever pick up this book because it is aimed at the middle school crowd or lower ages. However, I found Geek Chic to be a very funny and heartwarming read. Zoeys character is intelligent and quirky, and I enjoyed her unique narrations. Zoeys character authentically captures what its like to be an awkward tween. Zoey is easy to relate to, because Im sure weve all, at one point or another, wanted to be cooler than we are now. I have to say that I immensely liked the creativity in the layout of this novel. Ive become so used to standardized text that the illustrations and interesting fonts were surprising and refreshing.
Overall, Geek Chic was a quick and enjoyable book that younger readers will love and enjoy. The plot and story may be a bit too simplistic for older readers though.
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Zoey Zinevich has a unique personality that reflects the views of all the girls who want a fairy godmother to grant their greatest wishes, like becoming chic and cool for the sixth grade.
Zoey tries to pursue her dream of becoming "molto cool" in the eyes of "The Bashleys". But along the way, she finds out that she is not "geek" or "chic", but geek chic.
Release date: October 2008
Author Margie Palatini's creative voice is shown through this humorous story of becoming a middle-schooler. Tween girls (including myself) will be waiting eagerly for another installment.
This book is well-written and I found it amusing to read about Zoey's life and feelings toward becoming chic. It has put smiles upon my face. Recommend to my friends? Yes!