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Geek Girl by Holly Smale Book Review

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 DiariesGeek Girl is about to become an international superstar.

Honestly, I picked up this book firstly because of the cover, yes I judged it by its cover at first. But then I read the blurb on the back, was interested and then did a double take as the author was British. I've not yet read a book from across the pond that I haven't liked. That made me excited, and there are definitely some Georgia Nicolson vibes to this book. Not to mention that the main character sounds British the way she narrates what's happening around her, all of which I thought made things very interesting and unique. That could just be me being the boring and uncultured, southern girl that I am, but that was the pulling element for me. That it was British. Is that bad? (maybe?)

But that's not the only star quality of this book. It's fresh, the geek girl doesn't get pulled out of her little world and remade into a high fashion sort of girl, she stays herself. The book is full of random trivia, awkward moments, and the typical drama you would find with a fifteen year old. Oh you know, the school nemesis, loyal best friend, a love interest, and the totally cringe-worthy parents (who, granted, do have their moments). If I had to sort of label this book, it'd be called the non chick-lit book. Or something along those lines, it seems like it would be a chick-lit, full of girly fun, but it's much too quirky for that. Which is great! It's nice to have something a little different. The writing style is engaging and I found myself turning pages very quickly. And the characters were very lovable. 

Overall, I thought this was a (as my best friend's mother would say) "total fun" sort of book. There are highs and lows and then those moments you wish you could forget...but it's the perfect sort of book for a teen girl, a little bit of romance, the one in a million chance, and lots of funny moments. Along with being an enjoyable read there are so many good morals to the story about staying true to yourself and being honest. I'm giving Geek Girl 4 out of 5 flowers.

Sara Bennett, someone more likely to be found in bed, curled up with a good book, than out at a sports game or a gig (although she's pretty addicted to music too). Hoping for a better world, believing in her Savior, daydreaming of One Direction, hanging out with friends, or wherever she may be or might be doing....there's always a little voice inside wondering if it's almost time to return to the books sitting on her shelf. In short, an average young woman with a book in hand and a dream to write one day.

1 comment:

  1. I loved this book! Harriet Manners is just so adorable. And the story's really light and funny. <3 :)

    Julie @ Books and Insomnia


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