The Opposite of Geek by Ria Voros

The Opposite of Geek - Ria Voros

Hi guys, I hope you all are having a great day and this is my review to The Opposite of Geek by Ria Voros. This is my fourth read and one of the books for the White Pine 2015 Official Selection.


This book is about a girl named Gretchen Meyers who isn’t so happy with her life right now. Her parents are pressuring her to become a doctor and she’s failing chemistry. She doesn’t have a good relationship with her family members, and her only friend Nemiah seems to completely forgotten about her after joining the swim team. Gretchen becomes friends with Dean (her chemistry tutor) and James who is his cousin. Together, these three go out for small adventures. Until a tragic incident that changes Gretchen’s life.


I have to admit, when I first started this book, I didn’t like beginning. I thought it was too slow, but after a while, things seemed to be getting faster and I really liked where the story was going. I found that Gretchen was much easier to connect with after, especially with her losing her friend. And when she and Dean began getting closer, I loved how much Gretchen’s perspective changes of him.


Also, after the incident, I loved the way Gretchen handled herself, compared to other people. She mourned for a while, and thankfully she didn’t lash out. And after, the decisions she made to express her opinion was creative. I agreed with a lot of the things she did, and I was so relieved when I noticed how she got stronger in the end instead of letting her sadness take over her.


I wish the author would’ve shown a little more about James’ conflict with the lacrosse team before he died. I was really sad when he died, but I kind of saw it coming when James said that he could go by himself. But I hated the way Dean acted with Gretchen back at his apartment; the way he yelled and then shoved her away from him telling her to shut up was unacceptable. And then after, when he completely cancelled himself from everything was offending to me. Gretchen was working so hard to keep James alive as a memory, and because she acted so wonderfully, I lost all respect for Dean as a person towards the end in comparison to her.

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This book is definitely recommended to all young adult readers, because this is a story about self-strength. For anyone interested in these types of books, most definitely try to read this one. Definitely one of my favorite’s for White Pine.


Thank you all for reading my review! Until the next one! :D