Book Review: Geek Girl by Holly Smale

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Title: Geek Girl
Author: Holly Smale
Published: February 28th 2013
Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Humour
Length: 378 pages

I purchased a copy of this book.

Book Blurb (via Goodreads):

Harriet Manners knows a lot of things.

She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn’t quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she’s spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend’s dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.

As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn’t seem to like her any more than the real world did.

And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

My Thoughts

I’ve heard so much about the Geek Girl series that I had to try it out for myself to see what everyone was raving about. I’m glad I picked this up. I could relate to the main character so much – not in the model aspects but in her general geekiness. I found this to be a really quick read and it was really fun too.

Harriet Manners is a good student who has a head full of facts that only she seems to be interested in. Her best friend is all about fashion and wants to be a model. In exchange for the countless nights watching documentaries, Harriet agrees to attend a catwalk show where model scouts would be in the hopes that her best friend would be spotted.

After months of bullying at her school, Harriet just wants to hide out, and even more so when she accidentally destroys a whole collection of stalls barely five minutes into the event! With security after her, Harriet finds herself being dragged away by a man – but not to be reprimanded. The man informs her that she’s got exactly what he’s looking for. He takes a couple of headshots and it’s then that she realises, she is stealing her best friend’s dream. She’s the one who’s been spotted.

Although at first determined not to go through with it, all the bullying at school finally gets to Harriet and she decides that modelling could be her opportunity to reinvent herself. Even though she sees fashion as ‘just clothes’, she takes the leap and tries to do her best in the unfamiliar world of modelling.

It’s so obvious that Harriet is out of her depth, but it’s a funny tale of how she overcomes her problems – often by simply being herself – and how she begins to discover that having someone do your hair and make up and give you clothes to wear doesn’t necessarily make you a new person.

I really liked this book, I feel like it sends a great message about just being yourself and also to not keep so many secrets. Harriet’s relationship with her friends and family definitely go through a rough patch when she begins her modelling. In particular, I think that her stepmother is a fantastic character, so starkly different to Harriet herself but so wonderful and loving and supportive.

I also really liked the handsome male model, Nick. He was snarky, and I do love a bit of snark. He was also really sweet to Harriet during all the modelling things and I just took an instant liking to him. I’m really hoping that there’s more of him in the other books of the series.

A fun, quick read, Geek Girl has quickly become a favourite for me and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

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About the Author

Holly is the Number One bestselling, multi-award winning author of the GEEK GIRL series.

She fell in love with writing at five years old, when she realised that books didn’t grow on trees like apples. A passion for travel, adventure and wearing no shoes has since led her all over the world: she has visited 27 countries, spent two years working as an English teacher in Japan, volunteered in Nepal, been bartered for in Jamaica and had a number of ear-plugs stolen in Australia, Indonesia and India.

Holly has a BA in English Literature, an MA in Shakespeare, and currently lives in London.

The GEEK GIRL series has been an internationally bestselling no1. smash-hit. It won the Waterstones Teen Prize of the Year and the Leeds book award, was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Branford Boase award, and was long-listed for the Carnegie.

Find out more about Holly at her Twitter.

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