One of my summer reading assignments was the book, The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth by Alexandra Robbins. Instead of researching the books the way I usually do, I went into Barnes and Noble and just asked for it. I was really surprised hours later when I read the back of it and discovered what it was about. I’m not going to type the whole thing but mainly you just need to know that ,” Robbins follows seven real people grappling with the uncertainties of high school social life: The Loner, The Popular Bitch, The Nerd, The New Girl, The Gamer, The Weird Girl and The Band Geek. “. This line alone drew me in because I love books that follow several characters POV’s.
Anyway, I’m so into the book because it tells the truth about the high school experience and decodes behavior that has become commonplace EVERYWHERE in America. The characters all live in different parts of the United States but all of their stories could easily be under one roof at one school. Robbins discusses why popular kids are mean, why individual identity is diminished by the idea of “normal” and even race relations.
I’ve barely put a dent into the book but I’ve already learned so much. Like how labeling people is such an important part of our society. Of course everyone knows that a typical high school has the “jocks”, the “nerds” , the “stoners” , the “emos” and many more. We have movies like the Breakfast Club to thank for the constant labeling of every individual person. But what interests me is the fact that if we can’t accurately label someone or lump them into a specific group, we are essentially uncomfortable with them because we can’t lump them with other people and therefore can not understand them on the most superficial level. However, I can’t criticize because I’m an abuser of this system like many of my peers. We meet someone new and automatically attempt to determine which group they fit into and who their friends will be. When I converse with people who are outside of my group, I think about how my friends would feel if they knew I was talking to this specific person and that person would feel if their friends knew they were talking to me. It’s a vicious and disturbing cycle that I wish could be changed because when the labeling continues on through high school it becomes something a little more serious. There’s a lot of emphasis in the book with characters who are outcasts because they are just so eccentric and such strong individuals. It makes sense that teenagers(and society as a whole) would look down to people who don’t fit a mold or a specific stereotype that they can categorize. Being an individual scares people because it’s not something they are used to, people are frightened by new things. So when there are teenagers in a high school that refuse to listen to the same music, dress the same and talk about the same things as their peers, people freak out. When you have a large group of people and every person acts exactly the same way, and does the same things…it’s not because they want to but most likely because they fear what their peers and their friends would think if they dared to be different.
I haven’t even finished the book yet but I feel so enlightened by everything I’ve read so far. The best part is that the book relates to everyone; middle schoolers because the same things apply there and even adults because they have lived through or are still living through things that occur in the novel. This author has a few other books that are supposed to be really good so I suggest you guys read them and this one as well because you will not not not regret it .