Published - EXPECTED 28th February 2013
Publisher - Harper Collins
Format - Kindle
Goodreads Synopsis - 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
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?
Geek Girl by Holly Smale was exactly what I was expecting - which is a good thing. It was fresh, easy to love characters and a storyline that not only flows well but fast - hard to put down. Harriet is the kind of character that everyone can relate to in some way, whether you're also a geek, or you like fashion, whether you strive for popularity or even just to go unnoticed. It's all there.
There are plenty of morals in Geek Girl that are staring you in the face but not so much that you constantly feel like anything is being thrown at you. You take it, and move on - hopefully a little wiser! I particularly liked all of the little facts that Harriet shares as no matter what happens in the book, she is always true to the reader.
I did find the book was aimed at a younger audience than me even though I adore YA. It's the kind of book that my almost-teen nieces would devour but I *did* enjoy it all the same. More importantly, it made me realise that there is so much good YA set in Britain by British authors that I just don't come across. The fact that this is based somewhat on Smale's own experiences with geekdom and modelling adds that extra level to the novel. If you like quick, good, YA British reads then this one is for you.