Series: Geek Girl #1
Published by HarperCollins, HarperTeen on January 27th 2015
Source: Hardcover, My Own
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’sConfessions of Georgia Nicolson and Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries, Geek Girl is about to become an international superstar.
“Geek Girl” by Holly Smale is a very fun light read. I soared through the first book. I felt like I couldn’t get enough of Harriett Manners. Harriet Manners is a geek. She loves school. Her head is filled with all kinds of facts that I couldn’t begin to tell you where to start. Because of all this she is also strongly disliked by her classmates. She isn’t treated with respect by them. They pick on her and try to make her life miserable. When Harriett is spotted by a modeling agency all by chance, she thinks that maybe she can be more than just her geek self.
Smale did a great job writing “Geek Girl.” I think it created a truly unique voice for Smale. This book is light and fluffy but at the same time it had me giggling. There is so much fun to be had with Harriet. Modeling was never a thing for Harriet. To Harriet fashion is just clothes, so I think this experience is giving Harriett a chance to figure out who she is and who she wants to be; along with providing an entertaining comedy to the reader.
These books were previously released in the UK. This was my first exposure to Harriett’s story and all I want is more. Harriett is so oblivious sometimes to the things are around her because she is trapped in her own little bubble of discovery and love that innocence about her. I also think that this shows Harriett growing up and learning from her mistakes.
Throughout the story, Harriett keeps a list of all the people that hate her. I think this has a very valuable lesson to it. Just because we think someone hates us, doesn’t mean that is true. It is also reflecting how maybe you can feel about yourself. I think Harriett learns a lot from this list and I hope readers do too.
Smale is a fantastic writer. She has a unique style that I really like. I look forward to getting to know Harriett more and finding out what kind of trouble she can get into with her modeling career. Of course every girl has to grow up and I feel like we will get to that with Harriett. I am definitely anxious for more.