Geek Chic the Zoey ZoneTitle: Geek Chic: The Zoey Zone
Author: Margie Palatini
ISBN: 9780061138980
Pages: 185 pages
Publisher/Date: HarperCollins Children’s Books, c2008.

“Before you give yourself a total ha-ha snickerfest, yes, I know, fairy godmothers are in that group with Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Tooth Fairy, Wish Upon a Star, etc., etc., etc. . . .
… I am not giving up Santa Clause —EVER–and being halfway to eleven is when you really absolutely need a fairy godmother the most. I’m going to require major fairy dust intervention in the hair department alone. There are just so many days a person can wear a hat, if you know what I mean. (4-5)

Zoey Zinevich, almost 11, is desperately trying to become popular before the sixth grade. Unfortunately, a fairy godmother does not seem to be magically appearing to help her out. Zoey is left to her own devices. These attempts however, find her wearing a bowling shirt and fedora to school and being laughed at repeatedly by the Bashleys (Brittany and Ashley). When a popular magazine photographer arrives at school to take pictures, Zoey’s worried that her picture is going to end up in the what not to wear section.

Written in a hodge podge of script format, screen shots of “YouTube videos” and mixed media drawings with real photos, it’s a sensory overload that middle school girls will probably enjoy. The text is filled with quick quips and asides, like a friend is reading over Zoey’s shoulder and adding her input as she writes it or an internal dialogue Zoey is having with herself. The ending is a happy one, with everyone getting their “just” desserts in an unexpected way.

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