REVIEW: Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Summary from Goodreads:

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?

I read Geek Girl back in November and really enjoyed it. Being my first ever review book, I was really excited about starting it.
Harriet Manners is a geek. There’s no other way to put it. When Harriet is spotted by a modelling agency, her life promises to change in many different ways. But will Harriet embrace the changes or go running back to her normal life?
I must first of all mention the gorgeous cover. I love how geeky it is but also incorporates a cool air that will have anyone running towards it. I have the proof copy but will be buying the finished version as soon as possible. The designers really have created a masterpiece here. I can’t wait to finally spot it in shops; I’m sure it will catch everyone’s eyes!
The cover may be amazing but it’s nothing compared to the writing. Holly Smale has been able to write a realistic and humorous from the point of view of funny and completely adorable Harriet. The inclusion of the lists was something I liked and I also liked the facts dropped in at regular intervals. This was actually a very educational and informative read.
Harriet was a character that I just wanted to hug. The novel is written from her point of view which really made it so many times better. Harriet’s character was instantly recognisable because we all have a smart side to us; Harriet’s was just more pronounced. There were a lot of occasions when I felt sorry for her, particularly the scenes including Alexa and her awful attitude. Would it be okay to jump into the world and just slap her? Okay, maybe not…
Even in his snotty form, I loved Toby. Who wouldn’t want a stalker like him?! Toby and Harriet were so alike, yet she didn’t like him very much, which led to it being very funny. 
Metamorphosis plays a big part in this novel and we see Harriet transform from a normal caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly. Smale has created a world that people can read about where they can be themselves and not be afraid of being unique. Harriet is an inspirational character and one that I think people will look up to.

I must now add that Holly Smale is a genius. To be able to think up and write a novel like this is amazing and I am really looking forward to reading more of her novels. She is also such a funny and generally nice person so it’s easy to see why this novel is as good as it is.

I’m really looking forward to reading more about these characters and already we are beginning to see where future novels may lead. I must now add: is it normal to want to jump into a literary world and want to hug all of the characters?!

RATING: 4.5/5

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  • Reply
    Jessica Prosper
    28 February, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Great review. I am definitely interested in reading this. Thanks!

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    28 February, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    I love this book because I love the community it gives to bloggers alone that feel like geeks. Like I know I’m not alone if that makes sense?!
    I just loved Harriet, she made me LAUGH.

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    Rebekah Campbell
    28 February, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    Lucy, you’ve hit the nail on the head. The world she created is so amazing to hide in for a few hours 🙂 Can’t wait to fangirl with you over the next one 😀
    Awesome review!

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    Zoe Crook
    2 March, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    GEEK GIRL! This books is soooo good. I could relate to the main character so much and I love how she was proud to be a geek in the end. I just wanted to go into the story and give Harriet a big hug.
    Thank you for sharing you thoughts, Lucy! 🙂

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    6 March, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    Geek Girl is sososo amazing. Holly Smale IS a genius. I am so excited for what else she has to offer. Love your review!

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    21 May, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Lovely review! I love GEEK GIRL!

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