Geektastic – edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci
I don’t read a lot of short stories, so it took me almost a year to get through this, reading a couple stories here and there, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t love it. I didn’t love all of the stories, but there were plenty that I did and I found most of them highly entertaining. Geektastic is a collection of stories by a variety of popular YA authors all about various aspects of being a geek, covering a wide variety of geekish pursuits, if you will. I didn’t understand all of the references, but I didn’t feel like that mattered much, and there is a useful glossary in the back of the book. There are also comics interspersed with the stories, on topics like “What your lunch table status means” and “How to identify the living dead.”
My favorite stories were Cassandra Clare’s “I Never” about a group of online role players who organize a real life meeting, David Levithan’s “Quiz Bowl Antichrist” about a quiz bowl team member who doesn’t believe he’s as geeky as the rest of his teammates, and Wendy Mass’ “The Stars at the Finish Line” about two ultra-smart teens in competition to be the best. Honorable mention goes to Tracy Lynn’s “One of Us” about a cheerleader who enlists a group of geeks to teach her what they know so she can impress her nerdy boyfriend.
Definitely give this one a shot if you’re of the geeky persuasion, particularly if you’re a fan of YA short fiction.