Title: Geek Girl (#1)
Author: Holly Smale
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Publisher: February 28th 2013
Publication Date: February 1st 2013
Kindle: 356 Pages
My Rating: ★★★★★
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.
Harriet Manners, 15 is a very intelligent, clumsy girl from the United Kingdom. She can tell you almost everything you’ve wanted to know; i.e. how many people are in the world (7,228,898,142). Harriet deals with being bullied constantly throughout the school day, and only has one friend, her best friend Nat; who is an aspiring model, and her stalker, Toby.
Harriet’s mother passed when she was three, met her stepmother when she was seven — Annabel– wants her to be a lawyer as she is.
We meet Harriet when she tells us that the word G E E K is written on her satchel. Harriet is dealing with a bully at school, Alexa. She’s definitely a hated character because of how mean she is. For example, she tells the whole class to raise their hands “if you hate Harriet Manners”.
Bullying is a big part of this book and I enjoyed that. Bullying is a topic very close to my heart and I felt that Holly Smale did an excellent job focusing on it.
We are introduced later to Harriet’s best friend, Nat who is a wannabe model and has a passion for fashion. Nat is a great character and a loyal friend to Harriet. She’s definitely a friend I would have liked to have during middle school/high school.
Harriet is spotted by a modelling agency during a field trip to a Fashion Show with Nat; where we meet her stalker called Toby, a fellow geek. Toby is another great character because he teaches Harriet life lessons through his own mentality.
Harriet takes the modeling gig and learns what happens when you tell lies, after she continuously lies about what she is up to; modeling gig in Russia. She doesn’t want to upset her stepmother, Annabel and her best friend, Nat.
Harriet learns important life lessons such as standing up to Alexa, not worrying what people think of you, and not to tell lies. Harriet also encounters a love interest, another *boy* model called Nick.
Overall, I rated this a five out of five stars because it was fantastic. I didn’t have anything wrong with it. It was truly a great read that tackles bullying. I read this for the Anti-Bullying ReadAThon and it was the perfect book. It was funny while it tackled the subject of bullying. Harriet is a great character that you will end up loving! I am looking forward to reading the other books in this series!
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