By: Melanie | December 4, 2013 | (25) Comments

Review: Geek Girl by Holly SmaleGeek Girl by Holly Smale
Series: Geek Girl, #1
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date: February 28, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, MG
Pages: 378
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?

My Review

noun: geek; plural noun: geeks
  1. 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 clichΓ© 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!~

3 Stars
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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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25 Responses to Review: Geek Girl by Holly Smale

  1. Hmm sounds like those old chick flicks like She’s All That! Not sure why Harriet would have got that modelling job, but really this reminds me of that movie so much. Great review Mel, sounds like Harriet was fun to read about tub it wasn’t without its flaws.
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  2. _Sandra_ says:

    Although I usually don’t read this type of books, this one sounds like really charming, light and fun read, so I’m thinking of giving it a try. Also, geeks FTW! πŸ˜€
    Great review!

  3. I have this book in my TBR. I’d love to read this one and after reading your review, maybe I’ll give it a shot, see what happens…
    Although I don’t know if I would love Harriet either. I’m a geek too and after reading your opinion about her… I don’t know what to think!

    Thanks for the review πŸ˜‰
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  4. I think Harriett might get on my nerves a bit too, from the sound of it. It’s great to hear that the supporting characters are great though. I’ve been thinking about giving this one a try, so I’m happy I read your review. Now if I do, my expectations won’t be so high. πŸ™‚ Great review!
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  5. I honestly haven’t even heard of this book before, but it sounds like something that isn’t quite for me. I think that Harriett might be a bit too much for me, if that makes sense. I’m glad to see you generally liked the theme though! Great review, Melanie πŸ™‚

  6. Stephanie B says:

    Lazy day novels are some of the funnest! I might check this one out but I’m not sure…. Lovely review, Mel.
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  7. Cindi Clubbs says:

    Maybe she was picked for modeling because they saw an inner beauty or liked the lines of her face. It DOES seem like the reluctant friend always gets the acting/modeling job over the wannabe. I’ve read that kind of story many times in Hollywood. Great review:))

  8. This sounds like Anna and the French Kiss, with the likable and annoying character! This book is made for travel, something light and fun. I might read this book, and I hope I don’t get annoyed with Harriet much!
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  9. Zara says:

    It sounds like it has very good potential,or it may just end up as a meg cabot rip off :/

  10. Tanja says:

    I have heard of this one but I don’t think it’s for me. I mean I do like light reads but rarely and I’m not sure I’d get past all the flaws easily. Still it sounds like a highly entertaining read and I’m so happy you enjoyed it overall.
    Amazing review, Mel :))
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  11. Celine says:

    This sounds like a really fun novel! Harriet does sound a bit annoying, but it seems like so much fun overall πŸ˜€
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  12. Chanpreet says:

    As a fellow geek myself, I haven’t read this book. I noticed in your review you got tired of Harriet putting her self down. It can get tiring but when a person has been put down their entire life even if/when things change they usually don’t see the change as others do.

  13. I love the message and you are right sometimes an imperfect book can be perfect πŸ™‚
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  14. Sounhds like a cute little read when you need something light and funny. I would not like the cliched mean girl though!
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  15. This looks really interesting! I’ve heard of this book before and your review kind of makes me want to read it even more! I love imperfectly perfect novels where I can just forget about the flaws, even though they’re there!

    Awesome review

    – Nova
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  16. Brynna says:

    This looks fun! I’ve definitely read quite a few great reviews of it, but have kind of shies away because I’m not the biggest fan of contemporary, but I do really love snarky narrators and all of the good reviews make me want to put it on the TBR list.

  17. Anj says:

    Although i’m not a fan of this kind of book, the story sounds so fun and the message is so great – “just be yourself”. So i guess i’ll give this a try πŸ™‚

  18. Ooh this sounds so cute! I can see what you mean by the inconsistency with how Harriet got chosen as a model, but this book sounds so cute and fluffy; I’m always a fan of fluffy things. Nothing amuses me more than a character with snarky inner dialogue, as well, so I’m even more interested in Geek Girl now that you mentioned that part. And I’ve been seeing pretty positive reviews so far.

    Fantastic review, Melanie! <33
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  19. Maricris Patrimonio Dimla says:

    I would love to read this! Sounds like The Duff by Kody Keplinger and How to be Popular by Meg Cabot! I love those books! Thank you for sharing your review!

  20. Ashfa says:

    Sounds like a nice fun read. The cover reminds me of Heist Society by Ally Carter a bit. And I like the sound of Harriet too. Great review.

  21. A geek with an inner dialog that’s full of snark sounds pretty awesome to me. But it’s a little sad that you couldn’t completely click with Harriet anyway. Because usually, us geeks kind of love each other, right?

    I might read this one day if I have the chance, just to see if it can make me smile as well πŸ™‚

    Great review, Melanie.
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  22. Grace Osas says:

    Geek girl? YAAAASS.

    I fangirled on the inside when I saw this. I’m 17 years old but this has got to be my favourite YA series (and also the only one from which I have bought the books instead of heading to the library because I have faith in Holly Smale).

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