Geek Love Book Summary and Study Guide

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A bizarre, compelling first person account of life in a travelling carnival/ religious sect. Olympia, the main character, lives and works happily as a lesser attraction (to the Aqua boy & musical siamese twins) in the family freak show. However, older brother Arty the Aqua boy's insecurities about being the star of his family begin to grow, and he begins to lead them all down a sinister route in order to fulfil his own needs & dreams.
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The review of this Book prepared by Ali McCormick

This is a rather bizarre and disturbing story about a father who is so obsessed with saving his traveling carnival that he has his wife ingest drugs, insecticides, radioisotopes and the like in order to produce 'special' children with which to populate his side shows. Arty is known as 'Aqua Boy' because he was born with flippers, Elly and Iphy are siamese twins who have separate upper bodies, but share one set of legs, Chick looks normal, but is endowed with superhuman strength, and Oly, the protagonist, was born simply with albinoism, baldness, and a humpback. This is a story to make you see that even those who seem so unlike us are disturbingly similar.
The review of this Book prepared by Julie L.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Life of a profession:    -   actor Strong "rags to riches" component?    -   Yes Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   vague finding self/purpose in life (i.e. no plot to book) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes Brain/Body disability?    -   physical disability

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   actor/actress/producer Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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