Wednesday 17 September 2014

Review: Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Title: Geek Girl
Author: Holly Smale
Publisher: HarperCollins
Page Count: 378
Publication Date: February 28th 2013
Obtained: Purchased


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? (Goodreads)

What I Thought:

Harriet Manner’s life changes the moment she is scouted by a modelling agent and propelled into the glamorous world of fashion, much to the dismay of her best friend Nat. On her journey from geek to chic she falls in love with a handsome stranger and finds out what it really means to be a model.

One thing is certain about this book; if you like your facts (which I certainly do) then you will have a great time filling your brain with the little titbits of trivia that happen to fall from Harriet’s mind. In fact the random factoids were probably the most enjoyable thing about the novel. Harriet kind of reminded me of Mia from the Princess Diaries pre-makeover. She’s pretty, but she doesn’t know it. All she needed was a haircut and some contacts.

And then of course we have a classic enemy, Alexa, who hates Harriet’s for no real reason but sure knows that she wants to make her life as difficult as possible. Thankfully she gets her just desserts. But let’s not forget her stalker-friend Toby who sprinkles some much needed comic relief throughout the novel. I thought Geek Girl was good for what it was. It was a nice change from the usual YA novel that I find on the shelf but it wasn’t anything particularly spectacular. The characters were pretty run-of-the-mill, which is my only gripe, that and the plot being predictable. Those thoughts aside I enjoyed it.

Rating: 3/5

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