LECTURES, KEYNOTES, AND GRADUATION TALKS: Alexandra is now booking appearances for 2014. (Scroll down for lecture list.) Contact her for details.
Alexandra's special report in Washingtonian Magazine has won the 2014 Donald Robinson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism and the 2014 June Roth Award for Medical Journalism
In 2012, THE GEEKS also won a Books for a Better Life Award!
POPULARITY, QUIRK THEORY, AND WHY OUTSIDERS THRIVE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
An instant NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER; debuted at #2 on the Washington Post bestseller list, winner of a 2012 Books for a Better Life Award
Cross Gossip Girl with Freaks and Geeks, add MTV’s MADE,a shocking plot twist, and Alexandra Robbins’ signature investigative style – and that only begins to describe THE GEEKS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH, a smart, entertaining, reassuring book about the secrets of students who are popular and the triumph of those who are not.
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“Ms. Robbins has built her career giving voice and shape to the lives of teenagers…. Their stories beautifully demonstrate things we know intrinsically: that being popular is not always the same as being liked, that high school is more rigid and conformist than the military, and that the people who are excluded and bullied for their offbeat passions and refusal to conform are often the ones who are embraced and lauded for those very qualities in college and beyond — what Ms. Robbins has dubbed Quirk Theory.” – New York Times
“Robbins has a gift for writing fact like fiction; she reminds us what it was like to be in high school... The students and their stories are thoroughly engaging. But their stories aren’t simply entertaining, they’re important. They are a reminder to all of us to celebrate our ‘quirk’ and that which we see in others, as well.” – BookPeople
“An excellent overview of the complex social environment of high school, told in an accessible and often humorous and touching manner. High school students as well as adults... will enjoy this book. Very highly recommended.” – Library Journal *STARRED REVIEW*
“Insightful and timely… Robbins’s keen eye shows us how the eternal adolescent struggle between individuality and inclusion lures many students--and teachers--into a mindless ‘groupthink’ about what is conventionally popular and acceptable behavior. At the same time, she shows how the qualities that set her subjects apart from their classmates are the same qualities that make them stand out in positive ways. She ends with an effective list of tips for parents, teachers, students, and schools on how to support and encourage students who value ‘original thought and expression.’” – Publisher’s Weekly
“I devoured it… I marked up this book like there was no tomorrow. It’s flagged and highlighted and notes are written in the margins. Oh, and also, I read it in two days. Which is obscene for me and non fiction… I could continue on and on about this book. But I won’t. Because there’s so much about it that’s a process and I want each and EVERY one of you to process it yourself.” – Reading Thru the Night
“Robbins’ breezy writing style allows her to effortlessly wade through compelling psychological data, pop culture trends and interviews with high school students, but her narrative masterstroke lies in the decision to follow seven individuals who exemplify the cafeteria fringe. These “characters” are the heart and soul of the book.
"It’s a pleasure getting to know Blue (The Gamer), Danielle (The Loner), Regan (The Weird Girl), Eli (The Nerd), Noah (The Band Geek), Joy (The New Girl) and Whitney (The Popular Bitch).... Geeks is required reading for anyone who has ever felt left out, dismissed, laughed at, bullied or misunderstood. High schools everywhere would do well to incorporate it into their curriculum and heed the solutions offered. Robbins’ ode to the cafeteria fringe will have you laughing, cheering, shocked, a little depressed and at times, fuming. Just like high school.” – Chicago Sun-Times