Today it’s my stop on the blog tour for Catherine Wilkins hilarious new book, ‘When Good Geeks Go Bad.’ It’s tricky enough navigating secondary school when you’re in the popular crowd but when you’re a geek and you stand out for all the wrong reasons, well then life is incredibly tough. Ella is desperate to fit in and is confident that if she can only have a pair of cool shoes like everyone else then at least she stands a chance. But her Dad seems determined to scupper any chances she has of being cool by refusing to buy her the shoes and insisting on a sensible and extremely boring pair instead. Outraged Ella decides enough is enough. No matter how good she is or hard she tries it doesn’t get her anywhere. Time for a new plan! So what happens when a good girl goes rogue? Rebellion seems fun at first but Ella soon finds her life slipping out of control. Can she turn things round or will she be stuck on the wrong side of the track forever?
Fabulously funny and cringeworthy in equal measures, ‘When Good Geeks Go Bad,’ is a rollercoaster of a ride as we watch Ella unravel before our eyes on her mission to be bad. There are so many laugh-out-loud and embarrassing moments as Ella tries so hard to fit in. I despaired at the tippex and shoe episode, the reader knows it’s bound to go disastrously wrong for Ella but there is nothing that you can do but watch and hope there is some light at the end of the tunnel for her. It shows quite clearly how peer pressure can escalate bad behaviour extremely quickly. But Ella has a conscience that she battles with as she tries to balance the need for popularity against the need to still be herself. It captures brilliantly the stresses and pressures that children face in a bid to survive in a world that increasingly demands them to have the latest and best of everything. Warm, wise and very witty I can see this book being incredibly popular at school.
Why not join in with the rest of the blog tour to find out more about this fabulously funny book.
Thank you to Rebecca and Nosy Crow for inviting me to take part in the blog tour. ‘When Good Geeks Go Bad,’ is available to buy online now and from any good bookshop.