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John Hughes meets Comic Con in this hilarious, unabashedly romantic coming-of-age story about a teenager trying to get his best friend to fall in love with him.


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 Althena Chronicles, 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.

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Praise for The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love:

An Amazon Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book
YALSA Top Ten Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers 

Bank Street's Best Children's Book of the Year

Florida Teens Read List

"As Tash introduces a cast of charming, goofy, and diverse characters, she uses the hopeful voice of a young man in the throes of first love to gently poke fun at fandom while celebrating the passion and camaraderie of the community."

- Publishers Weekly, *Starred Review*, Best Summer Books 2016 Selection

"Captures the joyous spirit of Comic-Con and fantasy’s ability to provide its devotees with a community through which to contextualize their joys and sorrows. A lighthearted and engaging romp for anyone who loves Spidey and Mary Jane’s upside-down kiss in the rain."

- Kirkus Reviews

"With the exacting eye of an anthropologist and the generous heart of a true geek, Sarvenaz Tash has crafted something very special with The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love. Hilariously funny, heart-wrenchingly true and tender, this is a book of super-heroic achievement."

- Scott Snyder, NYT bestselling author of Batman, American Vampire and Wytches

"The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love promises romantic misadventures and pop culture references but delivers so much more. Never have I fallen in love with a group of characters so quickly. Funny, fast-paced, and full of heart, this is the kind of book you'll read in one sitting, and then be a little sad that it's over."

- Paula Stokes, author of The Art of Lainey and Girl Against the Universe

The Song:

Here is "Something on the Quiet," the song that plays a crucial role in the book!

Performed by Nicholas Doyle

Music by Nicholas Doyle

Lyrics by Sarvenaz Tash

International Editions:

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Die (beinahe) größte Liebesgeschichte des Universums


Publisher: Magellan

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(თითქმის) სიყვარულის ამბავი


Publisher: Palitra L Liberteens

"Tash mixes just the right number of pop-culture references into her familiar teen love story, utilizing the Comic Con setting to truly set the novel apart...Tash's lighthearted romance [is] easy to get swept up in."

- Booklist

"Geeky Perfection...a sweet, hilarious, and totally epic ride about friendship, fandom, Comic Cons, self-discovery, and of course, dealing with unrequited love."

- YA Books Central

"Tash writes another bright, addictive story set against a rich, lived-in backdrop."

- Barnes & Noble Teen Blog

"It reads like a John Hughes movie, is filled with humor, and leaves you in love with the entire cast of characters."

- Willa's Ramblings

"If John Hughes wrote about a group of teens attending Comic Con, this book really would be the result. I can’t remember the last time I literally started and finished a book in one evening, but this one simply would not let me go."

- Reading Lark

Some Technical Info:

The Geek's Guide to Unrequited Love

Ages: 12 and up

ISBN-13: 9781481456531

Publisher: Simon & Schuster BFYR

Formats available: hardcover/paperback/e-book

First published: June 14, 2016

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