Sat, January 17, 2015

Geek Girl by Holly Smale Review

Geek Girl book cover

Geek Girl book cover

Geek Girl
By Holly Smale
Publication date: Jan. 27, 2015
HarperTeen, 384 pages
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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.

— Goodreads.com description

This quirky book made me laugh, so on that alone you know I’ll read the rest of the Geek Girl trilogy!

I liked Harriet’s relationship with her parents: her funny dad and how she takes after her stepmother. There’s a cute romance and a female friendship that, yeah, includes some major fighting, but stays strong through it all.

And I liked the message about being yourself. It’s something I really feel strongly about. I loved this quote:

“You need to stop caring what people who don’t matter think of you. Be who you are and let everyone else be who they are. Differences are a good thing. It would be a terribly boring world if we were all the same.”

Still, it was a bit too simple for me to totally fall in OMG WOW love with. There was one particular character who totally annoyed me and creeped me out and I had time getting over. I’d probably recommend it for younger teens — not quite middle grade readers anymore, but not quite ready for full-on mature YA.

Anna Reads young adult book blog

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Posted by: Anna   •   In: family, friendship, holly smale, romance
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  1. Rosie said:

    I read Geek Girl last week and like you, I didn’t fall head over heels in love with it but it was funny and I will read the rest of it.
    I really liked the message in this book and the fact that her parents weren’t perfect but they were actually present! I seem to read so many books where there are young characters but there are no parents around at all.

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  2. Lakin said:

    I hadn’t heard of this book until now. I like a book that makes me laugh, the theme sounds good and relatable, and I appreciate that the parents are present. I think you just added another book to my TBR pile!

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  3. Kim said:

    Seems like a great book! Great review, Anna! I’m hoping to pick this up soon.
    Kim @ Divergent Gryffindor

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  4. jon costa said:

    nice post, about الدوائر الالكترونية

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