Bilingual Book Review: The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love by Sarvenaz Tash

Title: The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love
Author: Sarvenaz Tash
Genre: YA Contemporary
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Published:  June 14th, 2016
Page Count:  256 pages
Format:  eARC
Source: From publisher via Edelweiss

John Hughes meets Comic Con in this hilarious, unabashedly romantic, coming-of-age novel about a teenager who is trying to get his best friend to fall in love with him from the author of Three Day Summer.

Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy...
Archie and Veronica...
Althena and Noth...
...Graham and Roxy?

Graham met his best friend, Roxana, when he moved into her neighborhood eight years ago, and she asked him which Hogwarts house he’d be sorted into. Graham has been in love with her ever since.

But now they’re sixteen, still neighbors, still best friends. And Graham and Roxy share more than ever—moving on from their Harry Potter obsession to a serious love of comic books.

When Graham learns that the creator of their favorite comic, The Chronicles of Althena, is making a rare appearance at this year’s New York Comic Con, he knows he must score tickets. And the event inspires Graham to come up with the perfect plan to tell Roxy how he really feels about her. He’s got three days to woo his best friend at the coolest, kookiest con full of superheroes and supervillains. But no one at a comic book convention is who they appear to be...even Roxy. And Graham is starting to realize fictional love stories are way less complicated than real-life ones. 
*The Reader's Review*
My rating: 5/5 stars
*First Published on YABC!*

A Standout In The Field Of Unrequited Love ♥

Geeky Perfection. That's the best label I can think of for The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love. This book is a sweet, hilarious, and totally epic ride about friendship, fandom, Comic Cons, self-discovery, and of course, dealing with unrequited love.

Graham is a self-proclaimed geek in love with his best friend, Roxana. After debating countless of times of how and when he should finally profess his love, the answer comes to him when it is announced that their favorite comic author will have a Q&A session in the upcoming New York Comic Con. From then on, Graham plans it all. He will show Roxy that they could be more than best friends by spending three special days full of the things that they love the most in the world. Except, things not always go as planned.

My expectations for this book were really high after seeing its fun and colorful cover a couple of months ago, and I'm beyond pleased to say this book definitely delivered. You won't hear me say anything bad about it because I loved it from front to back. It's entertaining, incredibly sweet, and a total page-turner. One minute I was reading chapter one and the next thing I knew I was rating it its well-deserved five stars (even wishing to go to a Comic Con soon!).

Our superhero (because that's what he is in a non-literal way), is one of the best male main characters I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Graham's dedication to prove himself worthy of Roxy's love is so sweet, he made ME fall in love with him right from the start. Not to mention that he is also funny, a talented writer, and a great friend to have around.

Sarvenaz Tash not only created a great lead character, but also brings to life incredibly authentic characters in this book. All of them are fun and the kind you want to have in your life. I liked how the author even proves with one character how stereotypes of the "popular and pretty" kind often get it all wrong. Really well done. 

And to those who are a geek at heart (like me) will find that this book is a splendid window towards all the fun that takes place inside a Comic Con. So many great references, but my favorite part of all was the one about The Princess Bride. Fans of this classic will be highly amused! 

Final Verdict:

The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love is a delightful story about the pros and cons of taking the next step into an unrequited love. It will take readers on a fast-paced journey of self-discovery and of looking forward to new possibilities. We need more books just like this one!

*Spanish Review*
(For the first time ever, eeeeep!!)

Sarvenaz Tash se ha unido a mi lista de autores favoritos. Este libro es una historia única, divertida, y con mucho corazón. Los personajes son adorables y muy fácil de relacionar, especialmente Graham. ¡Simplemente me enamoré!

Mis espectativas para este libro eran muy altas después de haber visto su portada tan colorida y divertida hace algunos meses, y me da gusto afirmar que me dejó satisfecha. No tengo ningún comentario malo que decir porque amé este libro completamente. Es gracioso, increíblemente dulce y te hace voltear las páginas rápidamente. 

Nuestro superhéroe (porque Graham lo es para mí) es uno de los mejores personajes principales de perspectiva masculina que jamás haya tenido la fortuna de leer. Su dedicación de provarse como la mejor opción amorosa para Roxy es tan dulce que hasta a MÍ me enamoró. Eso sin mencionar que es gracioso, un escritor talentoso, y un gran amigo.

Pero Sarvenaz Tash no tan solo creó un gran personaje principal, sino también le dió vida a personajes increíblemente auténticos. Todos son divertidos y del tipo que quisiera tener a mi lado. Incluso me encantó como un personaje vence el típico estereotipo de "bonita pero tonta/mala". Muy bien hecho. 

Veredicto final:

The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love es una hermosa historia sobre los pros y contras de tomar el siguiente paso en una historia de amor no correspondido. Llevará a los lectores en una travesía rápida sobre identificación personal y en la espera de nuevas posibilidades. ¡Definitivamente necesitamos más libros como éste!


  1. Awww Melissa thank you so much for hosting that preorder giveaway because now I have the chance to read it! I'm so excited about it and the cover just makes me want to dive right in!! Great review and this is the contemporary book I've been waiting for all summer.

    Alex @ The Book's Buzz

    1. Oh how I hope you love it, Alex ♥

    2. Oh how I hope you love it, Alex ♥

  2. Oooh, para ser honesta, la portada no es mi favorita, pero me encanta la sinopsis y me encantan este tipo de personajes. Después de leer tu review no hay dudas de que quiero leer este libro!

    1. Whaaaa?! A mi me encanta la portada!! Pero bueno, no a todos les puede gustar, verdad? haha. Espero que si te guste este libro, Lis ♥

  3. I have been wanting to read this one for some time now. It just looks like my kind of read. And YAAAS to the spanish review, love it.

    1. I hope you read and love it, Jazmen! And thanks, I'm trying to be a bit more supportive with books in my own language. ♥

  4. First of all, I love that you write reviews in English and Spanish. Second, now this book is a must read!!! Great post!

    1. Thank you, Annalisse! This is the first time I publish my Spanish review on the site, but I hope to keep doing it. It's actually fun!