Review: Geek Girl


I’ve just finished reading Holly Smale’s Geek Girl and to be frank: I totally adored it and didn’t want it to end!

What it’s about: 

“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?

You’ll love it if:

  • You love transformation stories – like The Princess Diaries but wittier.  If you’ve ever felt like a bit of an ugly duckling, you’ll totally be able to identify with the hilariously developed protagonist, Harriet Manners.
  • You love to laugh out loud.  This book is clever and funny – there were several points where I couldn’t help but laugh at the antics that Smale’s used to create realistic characters.
  • You are slightly intrigued by the world of modelling and fashion, as these play a key part in this story.  That said, you can still enjoy the book for the humour and characterisation.

It might not be for you if:

  • You aren’t into what is essentially chick-lit for YAs.

It reminds me of: Some of the characters created by Cathy Cassidy.  It would be a great book for middle grade girls to move onto as they begin secondary school.

Memorable phrase: Baby-baby panda! (The character of modelling agent Wilbur – that’s -bur not -iam is so funny and the names he comes up with to call others are just magic!)

For those of you concerned with star ratings: I’d give it four.

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