Title: Geek Girl
Author: Holly Smale
Received for review from NetGalley
Summary (from Goodreads)
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?
There are books we read to change our lives, and there are books we read to entertain ourselves. Geek Girl falls firmly into the second category – a refreshingly light, funny and frothy read.
It was full of laugh out loud comedy moments, touching character moments, and a moral that managed to be delivered in a heartwarming, but not over-the-top cheesy manner. Many times when I was reading, I thought it would make the perfect teenage chick flick – the set pieces were very cinematic, with dramatic locations – such as Russia’s Red Square – and of course all the fashion.
For the uninitiated in the fashion world (i.e. me) Harriet made the perfect tour guide – observing things with wide eyed enthusiasm and awe, yet tempered with her no nonsense approach of ‘it’s just clothes.’ And the whole concept of ‘metamorphosis’ and having the chance to be someone else is something I imagine a lot of teenagers will relate to.
So while it’s not the sort of book you’ll be thinking about for weeks after reading, it’s the perfect dose of warmth for a cold winter evening, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.