Review: All Wrapped Up (Geek Girl #1.5) by Holly Smale

Published:  November 5th 2015 by HarperCollins Children's Books
Rating: 5 out of 5


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All I want for Christmas is… a new GEEK GIRL story!

Harriet Manners knows a lot about Christmas.

She knows that every year Santa climbs down 91.8 million chimneys.

She knows that Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was almost definitely a girl.

She knows that the first artificial Christmas trees were made out of goose feathers.

But this Christmas is extra special for Harriet, because four days ago she had her First Ever Kiss.

Now she just needs to work out what's supposed to happen next…

A romantic festive treat from the internationally bestselling award-winning author of the GEEK GIRL series. Also includes a BONUS previously unpublished GEEK GIRL short story TEAM GEEK!



I read Geek Girl and the sequel Model Misfit a while ago so I'd forgotten about Harriet Manners and her clumsy, overthinking, 'totally in love with Lion Boy' ways. And this was a thrilling way of getting back into her brain. You remember, the one full of really bizarre and useful/less facts.

I'm reading this in March and the book is based during December and very, very Christmassy. In fact, if you love Christmas you'll love Harriet too because she is seriously bonkers for it too. So much so that she prepares for it months in advance.

The book starts with Harriet super-obsessing about Christmas decorations while she's trying NOT to think about her first kiss with Nick. The only thing is she can't get past it. She revels in the memory.

But he doesn't phone after. Or text. Or write. Or message. Harriet is in a flummox. What should she do? What's the proper etiquette?

This novella was a joy to read. Mainly because while we know Harriet's shortcomings are bountiful we also find out she's got a top secret 'thing' she can do with all the air and grace she deserves and firmly puts Nick in his place and pops herself by his side as an 'equal' in the grand scheme of Harriet's life.

I loved this. Now I'm continuing in my quest to finish Series books off. Onto Geek Drama next!



About the Author
Holly fell in love with writing at five years old, when she realised that books didn't grow on trees like apples. A passion for travel, adventure and wearing no shoes has since led her all over the world: she has visited 27 countries, spent two years working as an English teacher in Japan, volunteered in Nepal, been bartered for in Jamaica and had a number of ear-plugs stolen in Australia, Indonesia and India.

Holly has a BA in English Literature, an MA in Shakespeare, and currently lives in London or at @holsmale.

The GEEK GIRL series has been an internationally bestselling no1. smash-hit. It won the Waterstones Teen Prize of the Year and the Leeds book award, was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Branford Boase award, and was long-listed for the Carnegie.

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