Release Date: February 28th, 2013
Series: Geek Girl #1
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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?
Are you feeling down? In a slump? Just having a terrible week? My advice to you: pick up GEEK GIRL right now because it will bring a smile to your face and leave you in stitches.
GEEK GIRL is a book that’s been sitting unread in my Netgalley collection of my kindle for far too long. I started it last week because I needed new study break material and it was nice and short and not serious. Best decision I could have made. I finished it in a day.
Anyone who knows me realises that I have the most ridiculous sense of humour. I laugh at the dark stuff, I laugh at the silly stuff. My brain is just hardwired to turn anything into a funny moment. Especially when it’s in study mode. I get hysterical. Which is why I almost cried multiple times reading GEEK GIRL. It made me laugh so much because it’s so ridiculous. The unrealistic elements may make some people enjoy this less, but to me it only enhanced the humourous writing. The characters were so over the top, the plot lines, everything was so silly. It made the story so much more fun.
My enjoyment was also enhanced by the fact that Harriet is basically my spirit animal. Hates shopping, doesn’t get fashion, knows a tonne of random facts, and is stupidly clumsy. Like Harriet, making lists is a common procrastination method I employ. I related to her so much and the second hand embarrassment I felt for her! Only part I didn’t really like was how she can be quite over dramatic. Sometimes things went a lot further than they needed because of that element of her personality.
For a love interest, Harriet didn’t interact with Nick that often. We only saw him four times or so over the entire novel, and don’t get me wrong he’s a great love interest. I ship this OTP a lot. But I don’t think they’ve been together enough to start a relationship, which is where I think it’s going to go in book 2. Then again, I am the (almost) twenty year old who’s never had a boyfriend so what do I know?
GEEK GIRL wasn’t just humourous to read. It also had some great messages about friendship and bullying. Mostly though I really just loved the ridiculousness of it. The characters had me laughing until my abs were sore and I can’t wait to see them all again in book two (whenever I manage to get to it). I definitely recommend GEEK GIRL as a book to try whenever you’re having a not-so-great day.