(Geek Girl #1)
by Holly Smale
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Publication Date: January 27th 2015 (US Release)
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
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Geek + runway = a hilarious runaway hit! This bestselling UK debut is full of humor and high-fashion hijinks—and now it’s coming to America.
Harriet Manners is tired of being labeled a geek. So when she’s discovered by a modeling agent, she seizes the chance to reinvent herself. There’s only one problem: Harriet is the definition of awkward. Does she have what it takes to transform from geek to chic?
Geek Girl is the first book in a hilarious new trilogy. It was also the #1 bestselling YA debut of 2013 in the UK, where it was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Best Book for Teens. With all the humor and fabulous shenanigans of Louise Rennison’s Confessions of Georgia Nicolson and Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries, Geek Girl is about to become an international superstar. (Goodreads)
Harriet Manners is the definition of the word Geek. She has very few friends, is bullied by the most popular girl in school, and she has her very own stalker, who is also geek. When Harriet is offered the opportunity to become a model, of course she jumps at the chance to reinvent herself. But will changing everything about herself really make her life better??
Despite being a geek, Harriet has a pretty interesting life. I found most of her story to be pretty relatable, and I imagine most people have dealt with the issues that she had in one way or another. While she didn’t have such a great school life, she had a good support system at home. Her dad and stepmom are a bit eccentric; but they prove to be really great people as the story goes along. Her best friend, Nat, is also great, despite the few rough patches that they have throughout the story. Her whole life changes when she becomes a model, but I love that despite the changes, the old Harriet still shines through. It was interesting to watch her character grow throughout the story.
The storyline for the book was fast paced, funny and refreshing. I read this during National Readathon Day, which is a four hour readathon, and I pretty much flew through the book during those four hours. I laughed and giggled as Harriet went on new adventures, I cringed as she had mishap after mishap, and even teared-up a time or two throughout the story. But I love how much this book made me laugh. I was rolling at certain parts. I’m really looking forward to reading more of the series to find out what’s going to happen with this story, and especially with the characters!
Overall; if you want a quick, fun read that will make you laugh and laugh, you should definitely check out Geek Girl. After finishing the book, I can see why the series is so popular. I absolutely can’t wait to read the rest of the books in the series!