Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Book #1, Geek Girl
Published by HarperTeen on January 27th 2015
ARC from Publisher
384 pages
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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 Diaries, Geek Girl is about to become an international superstar.

Fun is the one perfect word I can think of that sums up Geek Girl. I picked it up on a pretty dull day and it easily put me in a happy mood as I laughed because of the hilarious MC and the delightful events that lead to her from being unpopular geek to becoming a model for a top UK fashion powerhouse as well as the events that occur after. Seriously, it was just such a fun book! Why? Let me list the reasons.

  1. True to the title, Harriet Manners is a geek. A really quirky geek at that. She likes rulers, dictionaries, history and organization. She’s awkward and very much socially inept. So authentic character? Check.
  2. With that, I found it really easy to connect with her.
  3. Harriet also occasionally makes lists which I really enjoyed because, if you must know, I love lists (if this list in itself wasn’t clue enough).
  4. It’s hard not to adore Harriet. She sometimes left me embarrassed for her but I couldn’t help but grin at how silly and ridiculous she and the story was. Her voice is ‘younger YA’ (rightfully so since she’s fifteen) so there tends to be exaggeration and long-winded dramatic story-telling but I actually found this totally amusing and endearing.
  5. The rest of the characters feel very animated- like the highly eccentric but super witty Wilbur and fellow geek and official stalker Toby.
  6. Present parents (dad and stepmom) who are also funny and even have an interesting subplot/arc of their own. I adore the dynamics in Harriet’s family and her very positive relationship with her stepmother.
  7. Although you’d initially think the plot is a bit unbelievable (which in this case you should know that it isn’t actually that much unrealistic, since the author experienced this herself), it felt concrete to me because I was just right there with Harriet. And it was fun riding along!
  8. We get a cute little budding romance here with Nick and Harriet. More please!
  9. But most importantly, the themes! Friendship, honesty, accepting who you are, overcoming bullies, staying true to yourself. Love it.

With that, I’m really looking forward to the next books in the series! If you’re ready for a geeky cute (to the nth level) kind of book, definitely check Geek Girl out!

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Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.
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  1. Grace @ Rebel Mommy Book Blog on April 9, 2015 at 2:01 pm

    I’ve heard nothing but good things about this – Glad to see you liked it too – Sounds cute and love the cover – Great review!

  2. Rachael on April 9, 2015 at 3:24 pm

    This sounds so fun and adorable! I will have to add it to my list; it might make the perfect beach read this summer (can’t wait for that!)

  3. Amalfi on April 10, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    This sounds adorable! Is on my TBR!

  4. Shelumiel on April 10, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Hooray-times-a-hundred to present parents! This sounds FUN!

  5. Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales on April 11, 2015 at 1:04 am

    This sounds like a fun read!I love quirky MCs and Harriett sounds amazing!I love geeky characters and I just added this to my TBR.
    And I think you should try out Adorkable by Sara Manning.I am currently reading it,and its about a bossy and nerdy heroine,with a romance similar to The DUFF.You’ll love it,Hazel!

  6. Shannelle on April 11, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I’m glad to see that you did read this, and that you loved it! I can’t wait for the next book. The colors for the covers are so pretty.

  7. Kristel on April 11, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    It’s the first time I’ve seen a review about this but I’ll try to read it, fellow book lover!

  8. Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things on April 17, 2015 at 5:21 am

    This book has been sitting on my shelf for ages, and my friend has been pushing me to read it. So happy to hear that you enjoyed it!
    This is actually part of my April TBR so hopefully I shall start reading this sometime soon :p
    Happy Reading x

  9. Eugenia @ Genie In A Book on April 18, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Great review Hazel! I’ve had this one sitting on my TBR for such a long time, and now I really want to get to it ASAP – it’s good to have a cute, fun, hilarious read once in a while with a relatable main character. Thanks for sharing :)

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