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Geek Girl (Geek Girl, Book 1) Paperback – 28 Feb 2013
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'Harriet's comical and cringeworthy misadventures in the world of fashion are guaranteed to get you laughing.' The Week Junior
'You can't fail to like Harriet.' Parents in Touch
"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.
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It's left me wanting more so I'm glad I've brought the 2nd one already!!
I brought it as it came up in an Amazon "sale" and I read a review from a woman who brought it for her *cough12-year-oldcough* daughter who said that she read it as well and enjoyed it, so I brought it! I wasn't expecting much but it was a lovely palate cleanser.
Basically the lead character is a 15 year old girl who is a geek and not just because she wears glasses (because I don't think she does), but because she genuinely knows a lot and enjoys studying. unfortunately she'd not very popular at school and often gets picked on and this makes her wish she could transform herself.
On a school trip to Birmingham NEC our geek girl gets "spotted" by a modelling agency, much to her horror as it turns out that her BFF has always dreamed of being a model and has forfeited desserts for way too long to accomplish this dream. Then we follow her as she gets thrown into the world of modelling and the emotional turmoil she feels about "stealing" her friends dream.
This book will probably relate to every girl (and boy) who dream (dreamt) they could transform themselves and be someone else even just for a day - I know that as a teenager I did.
Overall, Geek girl ticks all the boxes for a quick and funny read that has brilliant characters. Yes at times I did find the story a little unrealistic and slightly childish, but that didn't make the it any less entertaining. It was a fast read that literally had me laughing out loud at some points. I just couldn't contain my smiles and I came away learning some new things too, all down to the geekiness of Harriet and the facts that sprout from her mouth. All in all, if your looking for a story that doesn't take a lot of effort to read and still has hidden depths and fantastic characters I would definitely recommend Geek Girl. It was a brilliant start to a fun series that will broaden you knowledge of random things and leave you thoroughly entertained.
Read the full review at: http://polkadotbookblog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/09/geek-girl_12.html
Harriet is 15 years old and the book is aimed at 11 – 14 year olds, so that probably gives you some indication of the writing style and the language.
It is a little cheesy in places and I did get annoyed with ‘sugar cookies’ being used in place of a swear words but you can hardly throw around swear words in a book for 11 – 14 year olds. After a while my brain just substituted ‘sugar cookies’ for whichever expletive felt most appropriate at the time. It made for much more realistic reading then.
The book is told from Harriet’s point of view and I like the conversational tone and the ‘geeky’ facts she added in, I found some of them really interesting.
A few of the pages have handwritten lists on them, for example there’s a list throughout the book of ‘people who hate Harriet’. I read this on my Kindle and the list was very small I had to hold it right to my face to read it, which annoyed me a little.
The friendship, family and school dynamics are all very realistic and I’m sure everyone can relate to. I liked that Harriet’s parents weren’t perfect and that added something else to the story and makes it much more relatable.
As you might have gathered already, there is a moral to this story and I like that. I don’t care how cheesy it is, I love anything that tells people ‘the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake, shake it off, shake it off.’
Overall Geek Girl was a fast, easy, funny and slightly cheesy read which I got through really quickly. To my surprise, I found I couldn’t put it down and I enjoyed it a lot more than I expected to. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
There are some wonderfully comic moments and I like the fact that it pricks the bubble of the dream to be a super model and how fabulous it might be. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
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