Geek Girl by Holly Smale
Published Date: February 28th 2013
My rating: 4 out of 5
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?
It's so refreshing to read a simple story about a Brit girl. Not too many twists and turns. No overly-exaggerated situations. Just a turn of events that change a girls life forever.
Harriet Manners is our heroine. A little under confident, and a whole lot stressed. But the story of Geek Girl is very simple and I enjoyed her journey from a caterpillar into a butterfly immensely. In very simple ways she learns about gaining her confidence, that it must all come from within. And while she's under the impression everyone hates her, she must learn to put all that aside and not really care what others think. She is who she is and she's a bright, remarkably talented young girl.
The author did a great job with the writing. The pace is quick. The prose is witty, quick and had me laughing. I loved the catwalk disaster, and had a strange respect for Yuka Ito!
Overall, this book will be a hit. I hope it does well worldwide too.
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