I've sat in front of the screen for an hours, trying to put down in words what I thought of Forever Geek, and I'm really struggling. How do I put all of my thoughts and feelings about this book into a few words and share how much I loved it.
It's no secret I'm a HUGE fan of these books, I've snagged copies as soon as they hit the shelves, both paperback and hardback, even the novellas for special events. But I was reluctant to make a start on Forever Geek, and it sat in my app for a few days before I began. I wanted to make this series last forever, and not have to read the final words and admit it was all over. Forever Geek takes us to Australia on the trip of a lifetime. Harriet gets to model but have her best friend with her, as well as Bunty. She is excited for this new adventure, but also knows it isn't all about her and has a secret plan.
Forever Geek was so much more than I expected. I love seeing how far Harriet has come throughout this series, and we see all this in the ways she helps Nat with her fashion designs, how she makes plans to help another person, and even more so towards the end of the book.
We also see how much Harriet has rubbed off on Nat, and how perfect this friendship is. I loved that Nat knew everything about Harriet, and that Harriet also knows Nat.
"Owls can rotate their heads by two hundred and seventy degrees," I say sharply. "Natalie, do I look like an owl to you?"Forever Geek is a book filled with adventure, laughs, mishaps, and because its Harriet, facts. I savoured every page of this book, taking my time and prolonging the ending. But we warned, it's also an emotional book. There are a lot of touching moments where we see Harriet looking back at her time spent modeling, reminiscing over the places and events. There is also a sad moment where a box of tissues simply will not be enough, and that bar of chocolate you were saving for later is suddenly in your hands. This was something I did not expect, and I sobbed my heart out.
"Well, you do have unnaturally large, round eyes. And that bird documentary you made me watch last year said they eat whole mice and then barf up the skeleton. I've definitely seen you do that with a chocolate wrapper."
Forever Geek is a book you just have to buy, and treasure, and instead of leaving you with my final thoughts (buy this book), I'm going to leave you with a quote instead.
But then, with a rush, I can suddenly hear them all: every single unkind word I've ever been called.
Circling in the air above my head like angry flies: buzzing and buzzing, as if they're desperate to find somewhere to land. Ugly. Freckles. Nobody. Boring. Loser. Spotty. Carrots. GEEK.
But for the first time, they can't seem to settle or stick on me. There's nowhere for them to go.
Still smiling, I reach a hand up and start batting at them: hitting the words, one by one, until they're dead on the floor. Empty ghost words that have no meaning, no use, no purpose, no truth in them.
Definitions that aren't in my dictionary any more.
Because from this point onwards, nobody gets to choose the vocabulary I use for myself but me.