73. The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School by Alexandra Robbins
Robbins follows a number of high-schoolers who are on the “cafeteria fringe” for one school year. She discusses reasons why they don’t fit in with their classmates and also posits what she calls her quirk theory. According to quirk theory students who don’t fit in during high school will most likely go on to do great and creative things once they are out in the real world. I have no doubt that this is case for some people, and she does list a number of examples where quirk theory holds true. However, I think it is extremely naive to believe as she seems to that this holds true for all or even a majority of people. I have a lot of issues with what she is trying to sell in this book, but it wasn’t a bad read as long as you take it with a grain of salt. She also did not stay a silent observer but challenged the students she was working with to make some changes in their lives. I definitely think that she had a positive impact on most of their lives, which was nice to see. Reading this also makes me very glad I don’t have to relive high school even though I can’t really say that I saw my high school experience represented here. I would suggest that I was definitely involved with groups of people that would be considered the “cafeteria fringe”, but I had friends and didn’t care that we weren’t the populars. In fact my high school in junior and senior year was so large that I couldn’t even tell you who was in the popular group if there was such a thing. I give it a 6 out of 10.