Monday 3 June 2013

Review: Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Bookish Details:
Series: Geek Girl #1
Pages: 378
Publisher: Harper Collins
Release Date: 28th February 2013

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 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 Review:
I’ve got to say, it’s been a while since I’ve read a chick lit comedy story! I’ve been so stuck in fantasy and paranormal novels that I’d forgotten my original love for a good, girly read!

Geek Girl tells the story of school ‘geek’, Harriet, who is accidentally discovered by a modelling agent during a school trip. The story follows her hilarious journey to transform herself by becoming the face of a famous fashion line.

I really liked Harriet. As someone who can relate to being a ‘geek’ in school, I could sympathise with her and understand why she wanted to try and change. I enjoyed the fact that she wasn’t a flawless character, she made mistakes and she learnt how to fix them.

I really loved Harriet’s dad! He was a great comedy element to the story. But I have to say, I think Wilbur is one of the funniest characters I’ve found in a long time. I loved his crazy sayings and his first meeting with Harriet’s dad and stepmother is such a hilarious scene!

“And if it isn’t Mr and Mrs Baby-baby Panda! Just right there in front of me, like two little matching pots of strawberry fromage frais! Ooh, I could just eat you both up. But I won’t because that would be terribly antisocial.”

The characters are really quirky and unique - you just can’t help but adore them. I liked getting an insight into the world of modelling and how harsh it can be sometimes. I also loved how Harriet eventually stood up for herself at the end of the story.

I think anyone who is a fan of Louise Rennison’s Georgia Nicholson books will adore Geek Girl! I can’t wait for the next installment in the series! 

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  1. Love the sound of the characters - you've gotta love quirky and unique ones :)

    Great review! I hadn't heard of this book before, but I'll definitely check it out now.


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