Monday, 25 February 2013
Review: Geek Girl by Holly Smale
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 loved loved loved Geek girl!
This book is Harriet's story. I loved Harriet completely. I think if 15 year old me had gone to school with Harriet we would have got in like a house on fire. She is a real geek. She is so clever that it almost hurts and she revels in that at the expense of popular. She is quite happy to be this way but also keen to no longer be the butt of all the jokes made by the most popular girl in school. You just know that Harriet is the sort of girl that will fly the moment she leaves high school and will use her ambition to be as successful as she can be.
Harriet gets an opportunity to change her position in school when she is offered the opportunity to be a model and the face of one of the biggest design house in the world. Despite being terrified at the prospect and worried about upsetting her best friend and step mother she decides to give it a go and finds herself in the middle of Russia at a photoshoot and then starring in a show. It all goes mostly well but she returns to the UK to find a huge mess that has been created since she has been gone as a result of all the lies she told in an attempt to not hurt and disappoint the people.
I the story told in this book. Harriet's personality drives it completely. She has a brilliant take on the world as she sees it and regularly comes up with a variety of random facts. Seeing her in the fashion world is brilliant as she is like a fish out of water. Seeing her go up against one of the biggest fashion designer in the world is absolutely brilliant as Harriet makes a real stance on being your own person rather than a sheep following the crowd.
If you liked Sophia Bennett's The Look you'll enjoy this book. A fab read which is heart warming with a really sweet message to put across about being yourself and the person you want to be. Fantastic! Geeks rule!