Review: Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Title: Geek Girl
Author: Holly Smale
Genre: Contemporary
Publisher: Harper Collins
Published: February 28th 2013
Page Number: 378


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?

I'm going to keep this review short and sweet, but just know that I did enjoy this book. A lot.
I still don't know if I should be happy or sad that I liked this book. This books is aimed at girls around the ages of 10 and up, but here I am, 18 years old - turning 19 this month. Oh and I'm a boy. Maybe the book didn't connect all that well because of my gender, but with a female mind and soul I tend to think that I understood it pretty well.
Geek Girl was a bedtime read for me, so I only read it when I was in bed because it was an easy, quick read with quite funny characters, plus it was about fashion and I love fashion. (I had dreams of being a fashion designer when I was 10. Now I'd like to work for Elle or Vogue as a journalist.) The characters are all great in their own way, but they're also very annoying at the same time.
Harriet was interesting and I loved her, but her family? Hell to the no! The step-mother was an even bigger geek with a hobby of watching incredibly boring TV Shows, and her father was a near 40 year old acting like a 12 year old. If anything Harriet's father was more interested in the model thing than Harriet.
I will say that I was kind of annoyed at the whole stereotype over-the-top gay guy who used these ridiculous words and acted like Louis Spence mixed with Alan Carr and Gok Wan. Just because you're a gay guy who works in the modelling industry that doesn't mean that he had to be over-the-top and incredibly annoying.
Overall, I did really like the book, but sometimes I wanted to throw it at my wall because it was a little much, but I'm happy I stuck with it. 3/5 Stars!

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