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- The loner, who has withdrawn from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
- 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
- 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
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. Download and start listening now!