Review: Geek Girl by Holly Smale

November 16, 2014 Review 26 ★★★★

Review: Geek Girl by Holly Smale
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
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Publisher: HarperCollins
Source: Netgalley
Pages: 378
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?

I received this book for free from the source listed above in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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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.

Rating Report
Overall: 3.9

26 Responses to “Review: Geek Girl by Holly Smale”

    • Bec

      Light, fluffy, and/or hilarious novels are always my go to books when I’m in some form of slump. It’s the best way to cheer yourself up!

      I’m glad the romance wasn’t too terrible too! It’s one aspect that I’m always iffy about when it comes to these types of books.

  1. Ella @ Once Upon a Time

    I didn’t really enjoy this one as much as I hoped, but I’m happy you did, Bec! It’s definitely a book you want to read when you want to relax…not when you feel picknickity (my word x}), which was how I felt when I read it at the time. I did pick up the second book, but I can’t really remember much except Harriet seemed to go bananas alot. I think you’ll like it though :)

    LOL, on the relationship thing. :D I am very picky about romantic development in YA, but whenever I moan to a family member or a friend about something on how I don’t think the romance is healthy, or it needs more building in a book, the person normally looks at me and says among the lines, “But you’ve never had a boyfriend, Ella, so how would you know?”
    And then I glare and go into a big rant about just because I don’t have boyfriend, it DOES NOT mean I’m not a very good relationship advisor. I TOTS AM.

    Anyway, I DO have boyfriends…they’re just fictional. BUT THEY TOTALLY COUNT. They do, they do! *nods furiously*
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    • Bec

      Picknickity is such a cool word! I can definitely see how it might not be amazing for some people and you definitely need to have an open mind reading it.


    • Bec

      If I’m going to read something ‘unrealistic’ like a big fantasy I need the proper time to dedicate to it. Fluffy novels are a great break from study.

      I hope your library has it!

    • Bec

      I seem to pick the best books to procrastinate with sometimes XD I think I’m need of another pick me up book now!

      Thanks! I only have one exam left and certainly need the luck.

  2. Kirsty-Marie

    Oh man, I need this right now, still can’t get this one book out of my head that left me crying last week, reading a Kasie West right now, so that’s working, but NEED MORE. Usually the overdramatic and ridiculous everything would probably annoy me, but in the mood for it so YES. No, totally agree with you on the relationship side, though then again, I know a person who met up with a guy on the internet after talking to him a couple of times. And I’m just, he. could’ve. been. a. murderer. So it makes it sound normal.
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    • Bec

      Definitely try and get your hands on it then!

      Relationships that start on the internet are a little bit different. But it depends on the people. If they talk A LOT beforehand they potentially know each other really well (as long as one isn’t lying). In GEEK GIRL they literally only interacted maybe three or four times. It bothered me a little.

  3. Ebony @ Daring Damsels

    Fantastic review, Bec! I’ve been considering adding this one to my TBR for quite a while now, but thought I might be a bit too old for it. Definitely adding it to my wishlist now – it’s always good to have a book that you know is going to make you laugh. :)
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    • Bec

      There’s no such thing as too old :P I know what you mean though. I just have a really immature brain sometimes and a stupid sense of humour!

  4. Jeann @ Happy Indulgence

    AWww Bec it sounds like Geek Girl was the perfect book to fill in an otherwise busy time! I love books like this when you’re in a bit of a slump, or even as a pick me up. I’ll have to pick it up soon!

    • Bec

      It was a really great way to break up the monotony of endless study! I hope you like it when/if you read it :D

  5. Naban

    Oh, I’m going to give this book a try when I’m in need of something lighter and more fun. I’m definitely intrigued! Great revivew, and I’m glad you liked the book. ^_^

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