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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

[REVIEW] Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Geek Girl

Author: Holly Smale
Series: Book 1, Geek Girl series
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
Published: January 27th 2015 by Harper Teen
Purchase from: Amazon | Book Depository
Geek + runway = a hilarious runaway hit! This bestselling UK debut is full of humor and high-fashion hijinks—and now it’s coming to America.

Harriet Manners is tired of being labeled a geek. So when she’s discovered by a modeling agent, she seizes the chance to reinvent herself. There’s only one problem: Harriet is the definition of awkward. Does she have what it takes to transform from geek to chic?

Geek Girl is the first book in a hilarious new trilogy. It was also the #1 bestselling YA debut of 2013 in the UK, where it was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Best Book for Teens. With all the humor and fabulous shenanigans of Louise Rennison’s Confessions of Georgia Nicolson and Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries, Geek Girl is about to become an international superstar.


My thoughts

Hilarious and entertaining! Geek Girl is perfect for light and laid-back reading.

Who says you can't be a geek and a model at the same time?

Harriet Manners is a geek and she's proud of it. She's randomly spewing out facts and trivia and while some people find it awkward and/or annoying, for me it's cute and spontaneous. Aside from being smart, she's also funny as hell. It's not like she's trying to be funny, though. She's just so clueless half the time that things tend to catch her off guard, hence making her do funny things. So imagine what happens when she gets spotted by a modelling agency and offered a modelling gig.

Speaking of funny, there's no shortage of hilarious characters in Geek Girl. Toby, Natalie, Wilbur, Harriet's dad, Nick – these people crack me up. Really colorful characters that complimented well with Harriet's personality. And I think that it's a good thing that the story was told from Harriet's perspective because all these amazing characters would have outshone her otherwise. But my favorite character in this book is Annabel. She may not be Harriet's biological mother but she's very protective and takes care of her the way a real mother would have. She's stern and strict but underneath all that lawyer facade, she has a soft heart. I thought at first that she's the typical stepmother who doesn't get along well with her stepkids, but it was a relief to know that she's different from the stereotype. It also helps that she has a good sense of humor.

Aside from the characters, I also liked the story and the way it was written. As I've mentioned, Geek Girl is a light and funny read. It's a perfect breather in between those heavy and intense books I've been reading lately. The character development is good, too. Though the story revolves around Harriet being a reluctant model and there's not much going on apart from her almost-transition, there's a little lesson to be learned here. Harriet may have made selfish decisions but she stayed true to herself all throughout. And she also learned her lesson in the end and tried to make up for her mistakes. That's what I liked most about her. I also love the ending because Nick! ASDFGHJKL! Gods, that boy made me swoon every time he showed up. I wish there's more of Harriet and Nick in the next books.    
"You need to stop caring what people who don't matter think of you. Be who you are and let everybody else be who they are. Differences are a good thing. It would be a terribly boring world if we were all the same."


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Julie @ Books and Insomnia

Julie is a Filipina blogger who pretends she has insomnia so she can stay up late reading. When she's not buried in books, she can be found watching anime, drinking chocolate-flavored instant coffee, lurking on the internet, daydreaming and talking about herself in third person. She loves purple and anything sweet!


  1. I thought about reading this book but was never sure. Your review gave me the extra push, definitely gonna check it out! Wonderful review, hun!


    fellow filipina!

    1. Hi, Lyanna! I hope you enjoy the book. :) Thanks for dropping by!

  2. Hah yes this was such a fun and cute read! I am so excited about book 4.

    Lovely review, Julie <33

    1. Thank you, Mel! I haven't read books 2 and 3 yet but I'm looking forward to them because I really enjoyed Geek Girl. :)

  3. I think this sounds like a really fun book. I'm glad that Harriet grows from her mistakes. I like that she is true to herself too. I'll have to look into buying this one for my library's teen collection. Thanks for your review!

    1. Thanks for dropping by, Christina! I hope you and your teen enjoy Geek Girl. :)

  4. This book looks so fun! Can't wait to read it. Great review!

    1. Thanks, Regina! Geek Girl is definitely fun. Go read it! I hope you enjoy it, too. :)


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