Book Review: Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Title: Geek Girl, Book 1 in the Geek Girl series
Author: Holly Smale
Publisher: Harper Teen (Harper Collins)
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Links: GoodReads | Book Depository


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?

Why I picked it up:

I can’t exactly remember… but I think I downloaded this one from iBooks when it was a free read… I think.

My Thoughts:

I feel like my review for this novel was never going to be a good one, because it had so many factors that I didn’t like.

1. It was set within the fashion industry, which I don’t have the slightest interest in. Fashion, beauty, celebrities, models… I tend to avoid books featuring those type of things.
2. The protagonist was the “socially awkward” type that spent the entire story stumbling from one embarrassing situation to the next.
3. The protagonist was 15. And while I like young adult fiction, 15 is heading a little to close to a middle grade novel for me.

So yes… my review was always going to be skewed by my own personal tastes from the get go.

I liked the short, snappy chapters, and I thought the voice was fresh and upbeat. But at the end of the day, while this was a fun read, it really wasn’t for me. I skimmed most of it.

My Verdict – 1 star

About Jodie @ Words Read & Written

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3 Responses to Book Review: Geek Girl by Holly Smale

  1. Thank you for the review! It may not be up your alley, but my 14-year-old was talking about reading last Saturday and wasn’t having luck in finding anything at our local library. I’m recommending this to her since it may be in her age range. You’re awesome!


  2. Nancy says:

    Enjoyed your extensive insights for this book. The title is intriguing, so I might have picked it up. But, the book sounds contrived and frankly, boring. Thank you for this review.


  3. Nara says:

    I downloaded Geek Girl on iBooks when it was free too- but it looks like maybe it’s not too fantastic a book…. might lower my expectations a fair bit if I decide to actually read it at some point.


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