Monday, January 26, 2015

Review: Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Review: Geek Girl by Holly Smale
Release date: January 27th, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Length: 384 (?? felt like a much shorter book to me)
Source: eARC via Edelweiss
Rating: If Meg Cabot and Georgia Nicolson had a baby (after writing this I realized that the blurb LITERALLY SAYS THIS so there you go)


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.

I liked this! It was cute, fluffy, and EXTREMELY FUNNY. it was a super fast read and kept me highly entertained, both despite of and because of its absurd premise. I wonder why it took so long for this UK sensation to make it all the way across the pond.

Harriet Manners is an uber geek who feels extraordinarily out of place. She has one friend (her loyal since-childhood bestie, the beautiful wannabe model Natalie), one nemesis (the VILE ALEXA WHO IS A TERRIBLE BULLY AND OUGHT TO BE KEELHAULED), and one gentle stalker (the hilarious Toby who I feel very bad laughing about being stalking is truly not a funny matter and it's possibly problematic how he's potrayed as lovably comedic when IRL dude should be LOCKED UP).

So yeah, Harriet's like is a never ending series of embarrassing events and unfortunate circumstances. Even when she gets "discovered" by a modelling agency, it's a terrible no good very bad thing, because it's her friend Natalie who's always wanted to be the model. But when Alexa the ATROCIOUS does something to seriously crush Harriet's spirit, Harriet decides to become a new awesome person to show them all...and agrees to become a fashion model. Cue whirlwind fantasy fashion AWESOMENESS. Russia! Supermodels! Catwalks! Catty bitches! Hot boys! Frosty fashion designers!
The part of Harriet shall heretofore be played by Allison, my all-time favorite ANTM contestant

Harriet is more like Hilariouset. The number one strength of Geek Girl is Harriet's voice. She sucked me right in, even as she made terrible decisions or made me cringe from secondhand embarrasment the likes of which I have not suffered since I read Bridget Jones' Diary over ten years ago. it reminded me of the books I used to gobble whole as a teenager, like (as the synopsis says) The Princess Diaries (Harriet is very Mia in her levels of insecurity and awkwardness) and anything Louise Rennison. It's about learning to like yourself as you are and all other lovely things.
There is a romance-ish with a male model which is kinda cute (mostly because Harriet's inner monologue is just the funniest thing) but not tremendously swoony, mostly because Harriet it fifteen and this is youngish YA. Is it absurd? Yes. Is that the fun part? YES. I was so tremendously amused that I read this delightful book in one afternoon. If you want some laughs and cutes and a whole lot of awkwardness, definitely chekc out Geek Girl.


  1. I've been waiting for this book, but I'm worried about the fact that she's supermodel. There isn't slut shaming or girl hate is there? I worry about this.

  2. This was just release and you already reviewed it! xD I can't wait to get my hands on this book! it sounds so good and it's been a long time since I had a light read. I'll need this book! :)
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  3. I felt the same way about Geek Girl. It's just seriously such a cute, fun read, and Harriet is such a delight! Glad to see you enjoyed it :)

  4. Well you are my litmus test and if you think its Louise Rennison-like then I will read it!!! Although I never finished Bridget Jones the book because the second hand embarrassment was SO INTENSE. So I'm a little nervous haha! But a super funny book to read in an afternoon sounds vair vair perfect. Yay! :)

  5. Oh, it seems like a fun, cute and quick read! I can't wait to read this one because it feels like it's going to be amusing and entertaining! :)
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  6. I just could not get into this one. And I'm a huge Meg Cabot fan. And I like the first Georgia Nicholson book. Maybe I was just not in the right mind frame. But I'm so glad that you enjoyed it!

  7. This is the first time a comparison on the blurb doesn't lie!

  8. GAHHH YES PLEASE those Allison gifs made my week!

  9. I still have to read the first book in this series! I really have to, soon u.u

    Ps. I have a blog as well, if you want to stop by I'd appreciate it so much! It's both in Italian and in English :3 ->


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