Geek Girl

Geek Girl

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"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?

The award-winning debut by bestselling author Holly Smale.
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Product details

  • 11+
  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • 129 x 198 x 28mm | 360g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • ePub edition
  • 9780007489442
  • 13,088

Review quote

'Harriet's comical and cringeworthy misadventures in the world of fashion are guaranteed to get you laughing.' The Week Junior

'Genius.' MaximumPop!

'You can't fail to like Harriet.' Parents in Touch

"A smart, sassy and very funny debut." The Bookseller

"Loved GEEK GIRL. Wise, funny and true, with a proper nerd heroine you're laughing with as much as at. Almost." James Henry, writer of Smack the Pony and Green Wing

"A feel-good satisfying gem that will have teens smiling from cover to cover, and walking a little taller after reading" - Books for Keeps

"I would highly recommend Geek Girl to anyone who likes a good laugh and enjoys a one-of-a-kind story." Mia,Guardian Children's Books website
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About Holly Smale

Holly Smale is the author of Geek Girl, Model Misfit and Picture Perfect. She was unexpectedly spotted by a top London modelling agency at the age of fifteen and spent the following two years falling over on catwalks, going bright red and breaking things she couldn't afford to replace. By the time Holly had graduated from Bristol University with a BA in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare she had given up modelling and set herself on the path to becoming a writer.

Geek Girl was the no. 1 bestselling young adult fiction title in the UK in 2013. It was shortlisted for several major awards including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Branford Boase award, nominated for the Queen of Teen award and won the teen and young adult category of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the 11-14 category of the Leeds Book Award.
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Rating details

20,745 ratings
3.77 out of 5 stars
5 29% (6,073)
4 32% (6,725)
3 27% (5,606)
2 8% (1,693)
1 3% (648)

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Hilarious and entertaining. Geek Girl is perfect for light and laid-back reading. Who says you can't be a geek and a model at the same time? Harriet Manners is a geek and she's proud of it. She's randomly spewing out facts and trivia and while some people find it awkward and/or annoying, for me it's cute and spontaneous. Aside from being smart, she's also funny as hell. It's not like she's trying to be funny, though. She's just so clueless half the time that things tend to catch her off guard, hence making her do funny things. So imagine what happens when she gets spotted by a modelling agency and offered a modelling gig. Speaking of funny, there's no shortage of hilarious characters in Geek Girl. Toby, Natalie, Wilbur, Harriet's dad, Nick �????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?? these people crack me up. Really colorful characters that complimented well with Harriet's personality. And I think that it's a good thing that the story was told from Harriet's perspective because all these amazing characters would have outshone her otherwise. But my favorite character in this book is Annabel. She may not be Harriet's biological mother but she's very protective and takes care of her the way a real mother would have. She's stern and strict but underneath all that lawyer facade, she has a soft heart. I thought at first that she's the typical stepmother who doesn't get along well with her stepkids, but it was a relief to know that she's different from the stereotype. It also helps that she has a good sense of humor. Aside from the characters, I also liked the story and the way it was written. As I've mentioned, Geek Girl is a light and funny read. It's a perfect breather in between those heavy and intense books I've been reading lately. The character development is good, too. Though the story revolves around Harriet being a reluctant model and there's not much going on apart from her almost-transition, there's a little lesson to be learned here. Harriet may have made selfish decisions but she stayed true to herself all throughout. And she also learned her lesson in the end and tried to make up for her mistakes. That's what I liked most about her. I also love the ending because Nick! ASDFGHJKL! Gods, that boy made me swoon every time he showed up. I wish there's more of Harriet and Nick in the next books. �????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¥ �????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¥ �????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¢?�????????�???????�??????�?????�????�???�??�?�¥show more
by Julie Rimpula
To celebrate Geek Girl: Picture Perfect by Holly Smale coming out in 4 days, I am going to re-read the Geek Girl series again then review them! To tell you the truth, I am so sleepy. I stayed up all night reading Geek Girl. And I finished reading it so yay! After this, I’m going to re-read Geek Girl: Model Misfit. Again. Then I have to go to the nearest bookstore and buy Geek Girl: Picture Perfect. Then review that…let’s just get on with it before I turn 20. My favorite thing about Geek Girl is that I could relate to Harriet in every way and everything she does. (Except, you know, the whole becoming a model bit.) Her humor and casualty towards the reader right from the start invites and reels me in so much that I read every. Single. Word. Not like other books where I sometimes skim through the unimportant parts. This is actually the first book this year that I've read every single word in it, if you know what I mean. Although, the book was a very fast read compared to the width of the book. It’s either I read really fast or the words are just too big. But it’s the inside that counts, right? And the inside is phenomenal! Full of humor, drama and embarrassing dads! The perfect read for anyone who wants to have a laugh! Storyline is ah-mazing. Simple, typical lying-to-others problems but very effective and is very harmonized with the other problems and main storyline. The characters seemed fairly similar to each other, especially Wilbur (bur not iam) and Harriet’s dad. They both kind of have a similar sense of humor but Wilbur is more enthusiastic than Dad, whose sense of humor embarrasses Harriet and himself. The other characters though were very unexpected I guess you could say. Like how Yuka Ito, shockingly, at the end of Geek Girl, was happy that Harriet told the truth and Yuka didn't explode! And how Yuka and Nick are actually related! That was the most shocking event of all. I’m not a really big fan of the cover. It didn't really catch me and neither did the blurb. So I had to read 4 chapters before I said, “Okay. I’ll give it a try.” and I made the right decision because this book is remarkable! I hope the second book isn't second rated like some series. In a few series (not a lot), the first book would be EPIC! and the second book would be PRETTY GOOD! then the third (if there is) would be like …Can I re-write this? Please? I loved that the chapters were very short from 2 to about 10 pages. This helped because I hate memorizing page numbers and I also hate folding the corners so remembering the chapter number is so much easier. To make that clear, I lost my four bookmarks somewhere around the world (Two in the Philippines, one in Japan and another in Sydney, Australia) and I couldn't be bothered to buy another. In the end, I gave it 5 stars because I just couldn't put the book down! It was very compelling. This book would definitely not waste a single penny. (Or cent.) Wish you were reading, Lillian Book blogger of: more
by Io
I love this book! Harriet is cute, quirky and fun. very well written for a debut author. the facts add quirk and a bit of a fun education and a link into Harriet's more
by tilly-belle robinson
Geek Girl is one of those books that I pick up when I'm in a certain mood. It's a light, fluffy contemporary with a certain escapism appeal. And in that sense, it's so great to read - as long as I don't start qualitatively analyzing it. This book has a lot going for it. As a raging nerd and geek myself, I definitely connected with Harriet on many points. I think in a way that a lot of people don't understand - and while I don't collect random facts and spew them out all the time, it was definitely enjoyable to read from that point of view. Harriet is just amazingly awkward but in a very relatable and touching way. However, I must say, that toward the end of the book, her personality - the awkward exclamations of facts and the constant self-deprecation - got exhausting. I desperately wanted her to grow, at least from the self-deprecation stuff. I mean, this girl is picked out of nowhere to be a model, swept into the modeling world, and is an instant sensation. Meanwhile, she will tell you every moment she gets that she is so ugly that it makes no sense why they picked her. I mean, a little self-doubt is understandable, particularly as a teenager. But it felt overdone here. She wouldn't entertain the notion that maybe some people thought she was pretty for a second. And not only did that kind of make me lose respect for her, it also made me believe her. At the end of the book, I was just nodding going, "Yeah, I dunno why they picked you either. I mean, gosh. Ugly." Yeah, I don't really care much for books that make me so rude. I did, however, enjoy her budding romance with Nick. I thought they were adorable together, and though I suppose it leaned a little towards instalove, that actually didn't bother me at all. Particular the end was just.. all the adorbs! I loved it! And that will probably have me picking up the sequel anyway. The rest of the novel was more or less middle-of-the-road stuff. It was a nice pick-me-up, and it had some nice moments, like Harriet's relationship with her stepmother, Annabeth, and her father and Annabeth's relationship. However, there were also some moments that were completely exhausting: like Wilbur, the eccentric agent who picks up Harriet and all his *headdesk*-worthy nicknames. Also, Toby, the geek who openly stalks Harriet kind of freaked me the hell out when I really thought about his behavior. At first glance he was kind of cute-nerdy, but he really stalks Harriet, and she is perfectly okay with it. That's just something I can't really comprehend. The plot was straightforward and unsurprisingly. Exactly what you would expect from such a contemporary escapism read. I could have done with less best friend drama and stuck up model drama, but I guess if you pick this book up, you're probably someone who doesn't mind that kind of thing. Summing Up... What can I say? No big surprises in this book. What you see is what you get. When you have nothing else to read and really just want something light and cute to pick you up, consider Geek Girl. It's pretty fun. But don't expect to be wowed. The romance may be its biggest selling point though, and that definitely has me curious for the sequel, Model Misfit. But it's not really on the priority list. Recommended To... Geeky readers in the mood for a light, pick-me-up more
by Unknown
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harper Collins UK and Netgalley.) 15-year-old Harriet is a geek, and she knows it. The last thing she expects on a class trip to see 'The Clothes Show' is to be spotted by an agent from a model agency, especially as being a model has been her best friends dream for as long as she can remember. Harriet is sick of being laughed at though. She wants things to change, and becoming a model might just be a big enough change to really shake things up. Harriet's step-mum is not happy about it though, and forbids Harriet from going ahead, but Harriet's dad has other plans, and together they try to fool everyone. How long can Harriet keep her new career a secret? What will Harriet's best friend say when she finds out? And what are the creative team going to do with Harriet's hair? This was a fun read, with Harriet's quirky ways, and the model agent's strange mannerisms. The agent - Wilbur is quite silly and amusing, and calls people really random things like 'my little tortoise' and 'alienduck' (which is apparently 'the ginger child of an alien and duck union'). Harriet's dad is also prone to saying some ridiculous things at times! I like the addition of the male model - Nick, and Harriet's nervousness around him due to her crush, and the fashion designer with her strange requests. I liked the storyline and scene setting, I could totally imagine the Russia shoot being on 'America's Next Top Model', and it was also refreshing to read a book that was set in the UK! Overall; a fun YA novel about becoming a model. 7 out of more
by Sarah Elizabeth
Every one in a while, I like a nice, cute read that makes me giggle occasionally. This book certainly made me smile and made me feel all fuzzy inside with all its talk of not being afraid to be who you are or not changing for everybody else's benefit. From the very first page I fell in love with Harriet's personality. She's really bubbly and charismatic with the way she would come out with facts nobody would ever think they need to know and how she just happens to be the clumsiest person ever. I also loved how she would interact with all of the other characters, especially Nick. As soon as Nick left the picture I would be rushing to turn the pages, impatiently waiting for him to reappear. I thought Nat and Toby were really great supporting characters. Toby just made me laugh outright with his obsession with Harriet - he was the funniest stalker ever and I mean that in the best way possible. Nat, however, was really well written. I thought she did everything that a best friend is supposed to. I really hate books where best friends are just there for another character to 'hang out with'. They serve no purpose. But Harriet and Nat reminded me of myself and my own best friend. We fight when we disagree - that's the reality of it - but we make each other better people for it and we know that when we do get into an argument, we're fine the day after. As for the plot, I thought it was a general feel good story. A girl has her problems, insecurities and the like, she faces even more problems when she tries to resolve the initial hardships and then comes out better for it in the end. It's not one of those really complicated plots where you have no idea what's going to happen. I knew what was going to happen and how the book would end from the beginning but I enjoyed it nevertheless. Overall, I thought this was a great read for anybody who likes a sweet story once in a while. I would definitely recommend it - if nothing else, I can guarantee it will make you laugh at the very more
by Maryam H
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