Review: Geek Girl, by Holly Smale

Tonight’s review – by Holly, no less! – is of Geek Girl, by Holly Smale.


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What it’s about (from the publishers):

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek.”

Harriet Manners 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. She knows that bats always turn left when exiting a cave and that peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite. But she doesn’t know why nobody at school seems to like her.

So when Harriet is spotted by a top model agent, she 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 impossibly handsome model Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.

Veering from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, Harriet begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn’t seem to like her any more than the real world did. As her old life starts to fall apart, will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

Holly’s review:

This book is about a 15-year-old girl whose mother is dead. She is a total geek until a model agency spots her and then things change.

I am currently reading the sequel to this book and the next one will be coming out soon. Harriet, the geek girl, sort of reminds me of myself except she is a lot more clever and older than me. This book isn’t tragic, it’s actually quite funny. I think this book is brilliant. I absolutely love it. I think this book is definitely for girls.

This is the best book I’ve read in ages. I will hopefully be reviewing the other book soon!

Sam’s review:

Holly picked this book off a table in Waterstone’s while we were browsing one day and the assistant (a young man no less!) raved about it. Holly decided to give it a go and, as soon as she started reading, she couldn’t stop. I think she loved the random facts that Harriet comes out with and got really involved in the story – a true underdog triumphing against the world kind of thing. She laughs a lot reading these books and I think as she is moving now into pre-teen/teen books, we will be looking for more like this. Harriet is a likeable heroine – she’s smart, and not apologetic for being so. Even though she’s spotted by a modeling agency, she isn’t obsessed with body image, make-up, etc – she likes knowing crazy facts and figures, though she’s not so keen on the bullying that sometimes accompanies being who she is. But she’s never apologetic for that and I think she makes a great role model (not just a clothes model!) for young girls, making their wobbly way into the world of teenagers (an admittedly terrifying place).


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