Review: Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Geek Girl

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? 

Geek Girl is a  positively fun and completely enjoyable book with a message that isn't at all preachy and will totally appeal to younger readers as well as the typical YA crowd.

This book is so enjoyable because it's relatable. We all remember being fifteen and being so insecure of ourselves and having to make decisions for ourselves despite pressures from our parents and friends and that is exactly what Harriet is going through in this book. On the surface it's a cute teen read but underneath it has this message about being who you are on the inside. 

I loved Harriet as a character because she was so funny, so relateable but also a joy to read. I also actually really liked her best friend Nat who, after a while is supportive of Harriet's modelling despite the fact that it was her dream from the start. Nick was a cute character and an entertaining love interest and the totally awkward and absolutely adorable bond between him and Harriet was so fun. This is also one of the few books where I can honestly say that I enjoyed reading the adult characters, especially Harriet's dad!

This book isn't without it's flaws though, the plot was pretty predictable and whilst they were fun the read the characters weren't well developed and so they were pretty predictable as well. This book is a book for those times when you just want to smile, but if you're looking for depth and development Geek Girl is probably not for you.

Overall, Geek Girl was a fun, fluffy read that had me giggling all the way through, however in terms of plot and character development this book wasn't completely there for me. Still, I read it quickly and completely enjoyed it and would totally recommend this book to younger teens.

Overall Rating: B
Book released 28th February 2013 by Harper Collins
Book received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review


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