Archie is a Geek to his core - and despite having a Close Encounter with Sarah at the beginning of term, he's still completely clueless about girls. Enter Clare - an older woman (she's sixteen) who Archie meets on his weekend trip to see his dad and his nightmare step-mum, Jane. Clare and Archie hit it off - and she's got a brilliant, foolproof way to get their crushes to notice them: pretend to be going out with one another! What can possibly go wrong? In the midst of school, getting Sarah to forgive him and dealing with his insane family, Archie and his mates step-up the nerdiness and go Live Action Role-play gaming. Ladies and gentlemen, we are entering a new era...
**This is book two in the Geekhood series so there may be unintentional spoilers**
I will start this review stating that I love this series and I love Archie, this is going to be a very fangirling review but you know what this book deserves it, trust me!
Loveable, slightly awkward and always geeky Archie is back and still trying to win the affections of the girl of his dreams, Sarah. On a train journey to York to visit his dad he meets Clare after telling her the situation with Sarah and her having a similar problem with her crush Oliver they hatch a fool proof plan of becoming "train boyfriend and girlfriend" to make Sarah and Oliver jealous, surely nothing could go wrong?
Geekhood Mission Improbable starts two weeks after the end of Close Encounters Of The Girl Kind and follows Archie as he gets used to his dads recent move to York and his tolerance of Tony (who maybe isn't such a Tosser) and he seems to have more in common with then he thinks.
Archie has definitely grown up since the end of book 1 and his attitude towards Tony and his father is proof of that, but don't worry there are still some silly moments that will make you laugh out loud and his IM is still as sarcastic as ever.
All of the characters from book 1 are back including Beggsy, Ravi and Matt and it is because of them that they step up the geekiness by going LARPing (Andy explains all here) but to give you an idea it includes dressing up as a character and fighting with weapons (made out of foam) along with Big Marv and Sarah. I loved Big Marv he is a brilliant character who was very funny.
The time that Archie is in York is one of my favourite parts of the book and I loved the way he interacted with Lucas about his dad. It definitely showed a more mature side to Archie as he realised he's not the only person getting used to having a new family.
I really grew to like Sarah once Archie stopped putting her on a pedestal, I'm glad we got to see a little bit about her past and about more of the real her.
I love Andy's writing, it is clever, witty, slightly silly and sarcastic. I honestly could never get bored of reading about Archie's antics, but don't be fooled under all that geekiness and sarcasm there is a serious story of acceptance and trying to move on.
Mission Improbable is as good as I was hoping and follows on from CEOTGK perfectly. I am sat here with my fingers crossed for book 3 as I am not ready for this series to be over.
Geekhood Mission Improbable is published by Stripes and is out now.