Review: Forever Geek (Geek Girl #6) by Holly Smale

Published: March 9th 2017 by HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks
Rating: 5 out of 5


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My name is Harriet Manners and I’ll be a geek forever…

Harriet Manners knows almost every fact there is.

Modelling isn’t a sure-fire route to popularity. Neither is making endless lists. The people you love don’t expect you to transform into someone else. Statistically, you are more likely to not meet your Australian ex-boyfriend in Australia than bump into him there.

So on the trip of a lifetime Down Under Harriet’s to-do lists are gone and it’s Nat’s time to shine! Yet with nearly-not-quite-boyfriend Jasper back home, Harriet’s completely unprepared to see supermodel ex Nick. Is the fashion world about to turn ugly for GEEK GIRL?

It’s time for Harriet to face the future. Time to work out where her heart lies. To learn how to let go…



I am going to miss Harriet Manners. This is the last of her epic shenanigan books and I can safely say this is one of my favourite series's ever! To me Harriet was always human. Yes, she made a whole load of mistakes but she's only 16 and that's what we all did at that age. Did you ever really like a boy or girl then trip over something unexpected and make a fool of yourself? Or spit out your drink accidentally when you're trying to be cool in front of someone? Mine was walking into the back of another person while trying to flip my hair back. See, we all have a bit of Harriet in us. In the end she always got there, but for me, it was always about Harriet's journey.

As we know from the end of Head Over Heels, Harriet and Nat are off to OZ with Bunty as chaperone. Harriet is very excited about the opportunity she's been given. She also knows it's a big chance for Nat to show off her skills as a designer. Harriet has it all worked out. Social Media, Website, business cards et al. She's going to help Nat be a star of her own.

But nothing quite goes to plan. Harriet's good intentions are out for show, she's really trying hard not to be the over-calculated, super-organised, arranger-of-everything type of friend. She's over that now. What she does instead is just muck everything else up. From Nats business cards, to her social media descriptions, to getting a modelling job with a couple and not even asking what the job is. I must admit I was worried about that one before that revelation happened.

Nick appears back into her life for a split five minutes and is gone again. And with that fleeting glance Harriet's emotions turn upside down and inside out. She starts on a downward spiral that no one can escape from, including her friends at home.

Forever Geek did close Harriet's chapter nicely regardless of the sad (and happy) ending. I can imagine Ms Smale is now awfully glad she doesn't have to find quotes or facts or examples from the most obscure topics any more. But they were an integral part of Harriet, even when she did go off sometimes into a little world of her own and use them as an avoidance tactic.

Ms Smale created a wonderful list of characters that will also be dearly missed. Wilbur (bur not iam), Rin with her crazy thing for dressing up cats, Toby, Jasper, and Harriet's Dad all had their own little -isms and filled out Harriet's world.

Give it another few years and I'd love to read how Harriet has grown up. Please, Ms Smale, please!!



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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