The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth

Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School

Book - 2011
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In a smart, entertaining, reassuring book that reads like fiction, Alexandra Robbins manages to cross Gossip Girl with Freaks and Geeks and explain the fascinating psychology and science behind popularity and outcasthood. She reveals that the things that set students apart in high school are the things that help them stand out later in life.

Robbins follows seven real people grappling with the uncertainties of high school social life, including:
The Loner, who has withdrawn from classmates since they persuaded her to unwittingly join her own hate club The Popular Bitch, a cheerleading captain both seduced by and trapped within her clique's perceived prestige The Nerd, whose differences cause students to laugh at him and his mother to needle him for not being "normal" The New Girl, determined to stay positive as classmates harass her for her mannerisms and target her because of her race The Gamer, an underachiever in danger of not graduating, despite his intellect and his yearning to connect with other students The Weird Girl, who battles discrimination and gossipy politics in school but leads a joyous life outside of it The Band Geek, who is alternately branded too serious and too emo, yet annually runs for class president In the middle of the year, Robbins surprises her subjects with a secret challenge--experiments that force them to change how classmates see them.

Robbins intertwines these narratives--often triumphant, occasionally heartbreaking, and always captivating--with essays exploring subjects like the secrets of popularity, being excluded doesn't mean there's anything wrong with you, why outsiders succeed, how schools make the social scene worse--and how to fix it.

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth is not just essential reading for students, teachers, parents, and anyone who deals with teenagers, but for all of us, because at some point in our lives we've all been on the outside looking in.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2011
ISBN: 9781401302023
1401302025
Branch Call Number: 303.32408350973 Rob 3558YA 1
Characteristics: x, 436 p

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BookLvr07
Nov 25, 2011

Some good points. Took forever to read though...

SkyTower Oct 21, 2011

"Whether excluded by their peers or marginalized by their schools, many of them believed that they were socially inadequate. But there was something special about them that made me both want to get to know them better and believe that they would accomplish interesting, creative, and perhaps great things as adults."

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janetosullivan
Aug 25, 2011

"It will get better" from a source more likely to be believed than a parent and the science to back it up. Highly readable. Suggest that every young person going into high school should read this book. Every high school student who refuses to compromise their integrity in order to fit in will be encouraged. Anyone teaching in a middle school/highschool environment would also benefit from a read.

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