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Geek Girl (Geek Girl, Book 1) (Geek Girl Series) [Kindle Edition]

Holly Smale
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Book Description

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek.”

Harriet Manners 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. She knows that bats always turn left when exiting a cave and that peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

But she doesn’t know why nobody at school seems to like her.

So when Harriet is spotted by a top model agent, she 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 impossibly handsome model Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.

Veering from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, Harriet begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn't seem to like her any more than the real world did.

As her old life starts to fall apart, will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

The award-winning debut by bestselling author Holly Smale.

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    "A smart, sassy and very funny debut." The Bookseller

    "Loved GEEK GIRL. Wise, funny and true, with a proper nerd heroine you're laughing with as much as at. Almost." James Henry, writer of Smack the Pony and Green Wing

    "A feel-good satisfying gem that will have teens smiling from cover to cover, and walking a little taller after reading" – Books for Keeps

    “I would highly recommend Geek Girl to anyone who likes a good laugh and enjoys a one-of-a-kind story.” Mia,Guardian Children’s Books website

    About the Author

    Holly Smale is the author of Geek Girl, Model Misfit and Picture Perfect. She was unexpectedly spotted by a top London modelling agency at the age of fifteen and spent the following two years falling over on catwalks, going bright red and breaking things she couldn’t afford to replace. By the time Holly had graduated from Bristol University with a BA in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare she had given up modelling and set herself on the path to becoming a writer.

    Geek Girl was the no. 1 bestselling young adult fiction title in the UK in 2013. It was shortlisted for several major awards including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Branford Boase award, nominated for the Queen of Teen award and won the teen and young adult category of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the 11-14 category of the Leeds Book Award.

    Product details

    • Format: Kindle Edition
    • File Size: 1470 KB
    • Print Length: 385 pages
    • Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks (28 Feb. 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B0095C1BES
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
    • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (315 customer reviews)
    • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,391 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars It's a winner! 4 Mar. 2013
    By Keith
    I loved the book! It really is a 'laugh out loud' experience. That said there are some quite poignant and very well written moments that go straight to the heart!. Harriet is a star and Holly Smale is clearly a winner. There's something in the story line for everyone, not just teenagers - and there's a lot to be learned from it too!
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    9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars Cute - what you see is what you get. 21 Sept. 2013
    Geek Girl is one of those books that I pick up when I'm in a certain mood. It's a light, fluffy contemporary with a certain escapism appeal. And in that sense, it's so great to read - as long as I don't start qualitatively analyzing it.

    This book has a lot going for it. As a raging nerd and geek myself, I definitely connected with Harriet on many points. I think in a way that a lot of people don't understand - and while I don't collect random facts and spew them out all the time, it was definitely enjoyable to read from that point of view. Harriet is just amazingly awkward but in a very relatable and touching way. However, I must say, that toward the end of the book, her personality - the awkward exclamations of facts and the constant self-deprecation - got exhausting.

    I desperately wanted her to grow, at least from the self-deprecation stuff. I mean, this girl is picked out of nowhere to be a model, swept into the modeling world, and is an instant sensation. Meanwhile, she will tell you every moment she gets that she is so ugly that it makes no sense why they picked her. I mean, a little self-doubt is understandable, particularly as a teenager. But it felt overdone here. She wouldn't entertain the notion that maybe some people thought she was pretty for a second. And not only did that kind of make me lose respect for her, it also made me believe her. At the end of the book, I was just nodding going, "Yeah, I dunno why they picked you either. I mean, gosh. Ugly."

    I did, however, enjoy her budding romance with Nick. I thought they were adorable together, and though I suppose it leaned a little towards instalove, that actually didn't bother me at all. Particular the end was just.. all the adorbs! I loved it!
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    10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars indescribably funny 19 Mar. 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    I'm the wrong demographic for this book, but I do appreciate spectacularly witty and scintillating prose with unendurably hilarious dry irony, peppered with even funnier erudite irrelevancies, and if Douglas Adams had been engaged to write a book for teenage girls, this would have been it. I can bestow no higher praise. (I received this book from netgalley in exchange for nothing whatever. I am genuinely insanely enamoured of this author's wit, intellect, and infallibly pitch-perfect use of language.)
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Geeky exciting! 28 Feb. 2013
    By Simona
    It has been a while since I have read something exciting as this book! "Geek Girl" by Holly Smale is a really wonderful book that emphasizes some important aspects in our lives: never forget who we are and have faith in ourselves!

    The protagonist of the book, Harriet Manners, is as the title implies, a geek!

    She has a best friend, Nat, whom she knows from a long time ago. Although in the present they are very different this does not stop them to be bff.

    Nat's dream is to become a model but an unfortunate event happens and Harriet gets..scouted instead! It is really interesting to watch her progress and the new world she has to deal with resembles to the real life, where everything can change in just a moment.

    I loved Harriet so much and I really liked when she acted like a geek(almost all the time!), thinking of unthought things by others. The world that opens in front of her is a hard one but she is lucky to have support from her family and also she has an awesome agent!

    I liked Smale's way of writing, making this book a really easy and also interesting read. It was funny to read from time to time the list with people who hate Harriet Manners. :D

    I also liked the description of lion boy(lion boy sounds so cool) and the way he acted when with Harriet made me laugh at times.

    "Geek Girl" is a funny book but it is also a serious one since it lays weight on the situation of many people out there, people who most of the times have a rough life because of their geekiness.

    I recommend this book to everyone and I really wish that geeks out there can become more confident in theirselves and make their so called flaw a personal quality!
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    3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 28 Feb. 2013
    Geek Girl by Holly Smale is fantastic! Already I'm thinking it's going to be one of my favourites in all of 2013, it's funny and geeky and hugely entertaining. I really urge you all to pick up this book.

    And just as I'm considering putting Geek Girl on my list of favourites, I'm also thinking of putting Harriet Manners on my list of favourite female characters! I love her awkwardness, her knowledge of obscure facts and even her insecurity when it comes to how other people perceive her. I could fully relate to the decisions that Harriet makes during this novel and I was rooting for her from the very first page!

    Poor Harriet. She doesn't even want to attend a clothes show, and she certainly never expected whilst there to be spotted by a modelling agency ... or to fall out with her best friend over it. But Harriet desperately wants to make a new start, wants to reinvent herself. Because while she has no problems being geeky and mostly friendless, it would definitely be nice not to be picked on and made fun of at school. And maybe this whole modelling thing could change that for her.

    My favourite thing about Geek Girl are definitely the characters that we meet. I've already said that I love Harriet a lot. I'd love to be friends with her, or at least to have had someone like her as my friend going through school. I think it would have made some definite improvements. But I also really loved Harriet's friendships with both Nat and also Harriet's stalker. Harriet is by no means perfect though. She has a real problem with avoiding difficult conversations and situations that make things far worse than they needed to be.

    My other favourite character, and I can't believe I haven't mentioned her earlier than this, is Annabelle, Harriet's step-mother.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting characters who are very funny
    I borrowed this from the library as I had always wanted to read it, and now I am very glad I did! Harriet Manners is a very interesting character, whos personality is very funny. Read more
    Published 2 days ago by Laura
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!!
    Recommend this book to children of 10+, It is absolutely brilliant and the voice of Harriet is very well thought out. Read more
    Published 6 days ago by marcia denny
    4.0 out of 5 stars A quick read.
    Once again this isn't my usual kind of book but I think I got it off Amazon on a deal. It was okay, I felt connected to the characters and the story was fast paced and kept my... Read more
    Published 7 days ago by Kaylie
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazeballs!
    This a completely different writing style to the other books I have reviewed (check out "The Little White Horse and Sepulchre ***** reviews!!) but I found it GRIPPING. Read more
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    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    My daughter enjoyed it so much that she bought it twice.
    Published 24 days ago by Ron Blackwood
    5.0 out of 5 stars favourite book
    Geek girl is my favourite book. I loved it so much because she is not telling me about her childhood , she's telling me what's going to happen
    Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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    Published 1 month ago by L H Chambers
    4.0 out of 5 stars A funny and inspiring YA read that goes by in a 'jiffy'!
    Geek Girl is the first book in the series of the same name. Narrated by Harriet Manners, it tells the story of Harriet’s fall into the fashion world, a world... Read more
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