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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Canada (Sept. 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1443104841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1443104845
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 20.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #289,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for The Opposite of Geek:

"A realistic narrative about the hardships of navigating through different friendships and cliques during the high school years." -CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"A survivor's story without the heroics or refined sugar of happy endings." -CanLit for Little Canadians

"The inclusion of haikus . . . inject playfulness and might convince young readers that not all poetry has to rhyme or be heavy and boring." -Quill & Quire

Praise for Nobody's Dog:

"Add the name Ria Voros to your list [of new authors to look out for]. I'm so excited to discover this author and to see what else she's going to come up with." -CBC British Columbia

"[A] powerful debut novel." -Nanaimo Daily News

About the Author

RIA VOROS is a graduate of the University of British Columbia's Creative Writing MFA program, and has had her fiction and poetry published in literary journals such as Grain and The Summerset Review. She has also taught fiction, poetry, literature, and writing for children across British Columbia. Her first novel, Nobody's Dog, was published in 2012. Visit her at www.riavoros.com and www.forkandfiction.com.

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Format: Paperback
You know that feeling when you're at a concert and a really sad song has just finished and there's that small pause before the crowd starts clapping and cheering, and the silence is so big and you just want to live in that pause forever? That is how I feel after reading The Opposite of Geek. I just want to live in the sweet, sad, silence for a minute longer.

This book is so beautifully written I found myself reading the same prose or poem over and over just to taste the words on my tongue. It's also funny and sharp and the characters are rich and real. The main character Gretchen is strong and lost and we're with her every step of the way.

Do not even attempt to read the last 1/4 of this book without: 1. a clear schedule (you will not be able to put it down) and 2. kleenex.

This book'll really get the poetic juices rolling... so here is my ode to Gretchen. In haiku, what else?

She's a geek. Also
she's the opposite of geek.
She is all of us.
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By Al on Sept. 7 2013
Format: Paperback
I laughed, I cried. Actually I did quite a lot of both!
This book is delightful. After I finished it, I soaked it all in for a few minutes and then turned back to the beginning to start again!
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Format: Paperback
Read it as soon as I received it!
Wonderful use of prose, characters real and interesting,and a great read for teens and adults.
Ria is a talented writer.
Love her work!
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HASH(0x9c33196c) out of 5 stars High school and heartache Oct. 22 2013
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A beautifully layered story, infused with humour, poetry and drama, exploring events and relationships so familiar to teens and young adults. Teenage High School girl Gretchen Meyer lives with her conservative parents and younger sister. Betrayed by her friend, she becomes caught up in the lives of her high school tutor and his cousin, who influence her life dramatically as she is drawn into their adventures and fun. When tragedy strikes,
her values are challenged, but through her anguish she finds a new depth of understanding, even of her parents!
This is a great, un-put-downable read!