The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love

256p. ebook available. S. & S. Jun. 2016. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781481456531.
Gr 9 Up—Graham and Roxana have been best friends for eight years, ever since Roxy asked Graham what Hogwarts house he would be sorted into. They have grown together through various fandoms and into a love of comic books. So much so that they have teamed together to write their own comic. Once Graham learns that the creator of their favorite comic will make his first public appearance in 20 years at the New York Comic Con, Graham knows they have to go. He also decides this is the perfect opportunity to tell Roxy he loves her. But once Comic Con actually starts, nothing goes as planned, and Graham is left questioning his decision to confess his feelings. This is a quick and fun read. A majority of the story takes place over three days at the convention, with a cast of unique characters. There is a lot of talk about creating comics, writing fan fiction, and spending time on discussion boards. The back-and-forth between real characters and fake worlds may seem jarring to some readers, and the buildup to Graham's reveal takes too long for its quick resolution, which may leave some unsatisfied.
VERDICT A good purchase for large public libraries.

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