Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Geek Girl (ARC) by Holly Smale

Geek Girl
Blurb (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?

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

My rating: 7 out of 10 stars

Geek Girl(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harper Collins UK and Netgalley.)
15-year-old Harriet is a geek, and she knows it. The last thing she expects on a class trip to see ‘The Clothes Show’ is to be spotted by an agent from a model agency, especially as being a model has been her best friends dream for as long as she can remember.

Harriet is sick of being laughed at though. She wants things to change, and becoming a model might just be a big enough change to really shake things up.

Harriet’s step-mum is not happy about it though, and forbids Harriet from going ahead, but Harriet’s dad has other plans, and together they try to fool everyone.
How long can Harriet keep her new career a secret? What will Harriet’s best friend say when she finds out? And what are the creative team going to do with Harriet’s hair?

This was a fun read, with Harriet’s quirky ways, and the model agent’s strange mannerisms. The agent - Wilbur is quite silly and amusing, and calls people really random things like ‘my little tortoise’ and ‘alienduck’ (which is apparently ‘the ginger child of an alien and duck union’). Harriet’s dad is also prone to saying some ridiculous things at times!

I like the addition of the male model – Nick, and Harriet’s nervousness around him due to her crush, and the fashion designer with her strange requests.

I liked the storyline and scene setting, I could totally imagine the Russia shoot being on ‘America’s Next Top Model’, and it was also refreshing to read a book that was set in the UK!

Overall; a fun YA novel about becoming a model.
7 out of 10.


Geek Girl will be released on February 28th 2013. 


  1. Oh my, "alienduck?" lol This sounds really cute! That poor girl, it sounds like she's brilliant and gorgeous, I can only imagine why she doesn't have any friends. :) I haven't read any fun and kind of frothy YA in a while, I'm going to look this up - wonderful review!

    (what's a jiffy?)

    1. It's a moment in time. I never considered that that might be a british thing actually! you usually use it to show that you're going to be quick - 'i'll be back in a jiffy' or ' won't be a jiffy'.
      It's quite weird now i think about it!

  2. I thought this was a fun read full of quirky characters. We all need one of these kind of books to read every once in a while!

  3. I like quirky books!
    And I do know what a jiffy is -- I think it's more old-fashioned slang than British. My mother says it :)

  4. I thought this would be fun when I saw it a couple weeks ago. Happy it turned out good.

  5. Oh this sounds like such a fun read. It's always great to mix these in every now and then. They become refreshing.