Monday, 25 January 2016

Review - Geek Girl (Geek Girl #1) by Holly Smale


Geek Girl

By Holly Smale

Book 1 in the Geek Girl series | Young Adult Contemporary | Published 28 February 2013 | 

My rating: A new favourite


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?

My best friend had recommended this book to me quite a while ago and she raved about it and I cannot believe I only picked it up now BUT I'm super duper glad that I did. I started this book in the middle of a 3 day dance show that I was doing. Bad decision, you can't put this book down! 

This book is hilarious, not the normal kind of hilarious where you go on twitter and say "Haha this book, LOL." No, it's the kind of book that's leaving you conscious of your facial expressions if you're reading it in public and actually properly laughing out loud kind of book. It leaves you in complete hysterics.

Harriet was awesome. The situations that she got herself into were so ridiculous you couldn't help but laugh. When I went into this book I honestly didn't expect to connect or relate to her character as much as I actually did. This book reminds you of the importance of remembering who you are and not letting anyone change that.

The side characters. Nat with her flair for the dramatics, Toby the stalker and Harriet's stepmother and father who were complete polar opposites with the most amazing banter on the planet! Once again, another aspect of the book that leaves you gigging.

The romance in this book was subtle but it was also just the right amount that it still had you rooting for them. Nick, oh Nick, I love you so much and you're so adorable and I'm terribly sorry Harriet (not really) but I'm going to have to steal him away from you. 

Overall this book is packed with banter and moments of laughter. It's the perfect lighthearted read, and would definitely cure a book hangover. Even though we're still in the beginning of the new year I think that this book might just make it into my 2016 favorites list!

What did you think of Geek Girl? Have you read any of the sequels? Are they as good as the first one? Let me know in the comments below.

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