By Holly Smale
Series: Geek Girl #1
Publication Date: February 28, 2013
Published by HarperCollins Children’s Books
Cover image and summary from Goodreads:
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?
I believe this series is just starting to come out in the U.S., but here in Canada, I’ve had a copy of Geek Girl sitting on my bookshelf for ages. After reading The Troop by Nick Cutter, I was in the mood for a fun contemporary read, and I knew this book would be just the thing!
I loved this book and absolutely adored Harriet! I totally feel like a geek, and even though I’m way older than Harriet, I could identify with her in a lot of ways. I admired her intelligence and the she ended up realizing that who she was – a geek – was fine, and that she wanted to stay true to herself.
I liked the romance – it was sweet – but Harriet’s friendship with her best friend, Nat, felt like a bigger focus, which I really enjoyed.
Overall, Geek Girl was great! It was funny and full of heart, with a main character I loved. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series!