Series: Geek Girl, #1
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date: February 28, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, MG
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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?
geekgi:k/informalnounnoun: geek; plural noun: geeks
- an unfashionable or socially inept person.
Geek Girl is another one of those reads that have a bucket full of flaws, but is so entertaining and laid back that some of them just disappear. And that’s totally cool every now and again. An imperfectly perfect novel.
Harriet Manners is a geek; even the Oxford English Dictionary is in complete agreement. Without a taste in fashion, one only friend and a brain full of unanticipated yet fun facts, Harriet pretty much ticks all the boxes. People at school tease her and when she thinks she’s just about had enough of the four letter word appearing on her locker and bags, she’s given the opportunity to transform herself. From geek, to modelling chic. An example of a flaw that soon vanished the more I read on was why did Harriet get spotted for a modelling job if she’s supposedly, ‘ugly’? Especially if her best and only friend, Nat, was prettier and wanted the job gazillion times more? We never get an explanation for this but eventually, who cares? I soon just got caught up in the humour and cuteness of the book.
I would not say I loved Harriet like I had fore-expected. She’s a geek, I’m a geek; we should have clicked from the get go. But…that wasn’t exactly how it ended up to work. But let’s start with the pros: I loved Harriet’s inner dialogue; she’s full of snark and humorous comments and some crazy awkward moments which I couldn’t help but put a smile on my face. On the other hand, she got a little obsessively self-depreciating. I get it, you’re not pretty and you don’t get why you got the job. Blahblah. Tell me something new!
Apart from our likable but sometimes annoying main character, the supporting characters were well created. Nat, Harriet’s best friend was whole-heartedly honest and was a brilliant friend. She and Harriet got a little irritating with the amount of times where they’d fight over misunderstandings but still a great friendship dynamic. Harriet’s relationship with her dad and step-mother, Annabel was also decent. I loved how Annabel and Harriet were really close and it got to the point where I thought Annabel was her birth-mother because they were so similar. Her dad was great as well though. And then we have Wilbur (that’s bur, not iam) who was not my favourite. He never seemed to stick with the same nickname–and the nicknames were at times, puke worthy. Bleh. An eccentric man, he is. And then, we also have Toby, Harriet’s personal geek stalker. He’s kinda creepy but his interactions with Harriet were totally worth it. Talk about funny! What I didn’t get is why Harriet could be so mean to Toby about him being a geek when she is one too. Then there’s Alexa, who is a cliché pain in the ass and that’s all I have to say about that shallow biatch. The minor plot line of a romance was a great addition. Seriously, Harriet and Nick were the cutest! It did border instant-love but, the slowly building chemistry was utterly worth it.
Geek Girl is about being yourself and understanding that it’s alright to be yourself. A great identity novel on a lazy day.
~Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy!~
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