Friday, 14 March 2014

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

The Blurb:

“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?

My review:

This is listed as a young adult book so wasn't sure about reading it at first. But I saw so many adults raving it about it, and reslising that the Hunger Games tirlogy which I loved were also YA I gave it a go. 

The story revolves around Harriet who is a 15 year old school girl and, as you would e pest from the title is regarded as a geek. We also meet Harriet's best friend Nat, and her school nemesis Alexa. Harriet lives with her Dad and Step Mum Annabel. 

The story revolves around Nat's deseire to be a model, but Harriet getting spotted by an agency and all the escapades that ensue.

I did struggle with the book at the start, but a few chapters in, once you get to know the characters I really warmed to the book and flew through it, I found the characters likeable Harriet a really sweet character. It made me laugh in places and I actually finished it looking forward to my book am being over and purchasing the next instalment.

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