Sunday, 3 March 2013

Review: Geek Girl [Geek Girl #1] by Holly Smale

Title: Geek Girl
Author: Holly Smale
Author Info: Website|Blog|Twitter
Genre: Young Adult
Source: Publisher
Format: Proof copy
Publication Date: 28th February 2013

Tell Me About It
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 Thoughts
My first thoughts after finishing Geek Girl...I had none.  I had no idea what to expect going into this book and with not having read anything by Holy I had no expectation on what it should be like and couldn't build it up.  When I finished reading Geek Girl I really did have no clear thoughts about it, all I knew was that I loved it, that I had read it sooner, and that it ended too soon for my liking.

Geek Girl was a quick read, not because it only had a few pages, 378 pages to be exact, but because I devoured it.  I have never read a book so fast before, and not just because I wanted to get to my next book, but because I was so hooked.  I could not put it down, I ate one handed so I could read and eat at the same time.

I loved Harriet, she is quirky, geeky, and the random facts she spouts out had me laughing, especially when she is nervous.
"....I feel a bit like Sam in The Lord of the Rings, just before Frodo throws the ring into the fires of Mount Doom.  Except in a more positive, magical way.  With slightly less hairy feet".
[Harriet, page 42 of uncorrected proof copy]
She is the perfect example of a Geek Girl, but being so perfect means she gets taunted a lot, and I did feel sorry for what she deals with.  I liked her best friend Nat, and while I don't agree with what transpires when she finds out about Harriet's modelling, I did cheer for how she stands up for Harriet against a bully.

I don't want to say too much about the plot as you need to experience it yourself.  There are lots of characters that stand out for me, Wilbur, Nick, and of course Harriet.  They make the story unique in its own way and I looked forward to reading what they would do or say next.
Holy has done a great job at drawing the reader in and not letting them go and I for one will be keeping my eye open for future books by Holly.

1 comment:

  1. Sounds like a great read, will have to add it to my reading list. Thanks for sharing, Michelle.


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