Geek girl – Holly Smale

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“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek.” Harriet Manners 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. She knows that bats always turn left when exiting a cave and that peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite. But she doesn’t know why nobody at school seems to like her. So when Harriet is spotted by a top model agent, she 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 impossibly handsome model Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves. Veering from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, Harriet begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn’t seem to like her any more than the real world did. As her old life starts to fall apart, will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

My opinion

I’ve heard so much about this book that when I saw it at an outlet, I immediately bought it. I was so curious to read about a geek girl who becomes a model, that sounds a bit like the fairytale, doesn’t it? And which geek doesn’t want to read about geeks who become famous?

‘Geek girl’ has been written so easily, I finished it in a flash. The book touched me because I recognised myself in it. I didn’t become a model, but sometimes I don’t care about make up or fashion and I’ll just go outside with my sweatpants and old t-shirt on. And I’m a real geek, not just because it’s hip and happening. And aren’t all booknerds geeks as well?

Despite the fact that ‘Geek girl’ is part of a series, part 1 didn’t make me want to read the rest of the books. Of course, when I see them at a reasonable price I may just buy it, but there’s no ‘OMG I HAVE TO READ THESE BOOKS’ factor in it. I felt like it was pretty much a closed ending and there was a cliffhanger missing.


If you’re looking for a great book in which you’ll recognise yourself and which is funny at times, ‘Geek girl’ is your book.


Geek girl #1 by Holly Smale
Series: Geek girl
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
Genres: Young Adult
Pages: 356
ISBN: 9780007489442

You can buy the book at Book Depository.

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