Review: Geek Girl

003Title: Geek Girl
Author: Holly Smale
Genre: YA
Number of pages: 356

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, hershe 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’d been wanting to read this book for a while so when it was included in the Kindle Daily Deal on Amazon I ended up buying it. I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I was going to.

Geek Girl is about Harriet, a self confessed geek who doesn’t like fashion. When her best friend Nat drags her to The Clothes Show she is spotted by a top modelling agency and decides to become a model in the hopes that people will see her differently. I think I might have enjoyed this book more if I was younger. I’m sure my 14 year old self would have really enjoyed it  but I had problems with it.

Harriet is 15 but she seems more like a 13 year old, her voice is quite childish and there’s a part were a fellow model asks her how old she is and she says ’15 and three twelfths”. I mean who still measures their age like that by the time they get to 15.  Maybe she got that childishness from her dad though because he didn’t seem very mature for an adult. A lot of his and Harriet’s problems could have been avoided if they had told the truth.

There was one character in this book that I found extremely irritating, Wilbur the model agency guy. Every time he spoke and I mean every time he used ridiculous pet names like ‘Cherub cheeks and  Munchkin-face’. After a while I started to just skim the parts where he spoke because he annoyed me. I don’t have a problem with slang or unusual language in books if it’s done right but this just wasn’t.

There is a lot of teenage drama in this book but it’s ok because it’s pretty realistic. Teenagers (at least in my experience) are idiots sometimes and fall out with their friends. I met a couple of different people who were like Alexa during my time at secondary school. I didn’t like the fact that Harriet just excepted that Toby was stalking her though. That was just weird and it seems like a bad message to send to teenagers. Stalking isn’t ok.

Despite its flaws Geek Girl is ok and I would recommend it if you’re looking for something light that doesn’t require much thinking.


August Rewind

In August I read 5 books. They were:

Miss Peregrines home for peculiar children by Ransom Riggs
A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold by George R.R. Martin
Stardust by Neil Gaiman
Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
In the Midst of Life by Jennifer Worth

August was a pretty good month because all of the books I read were new to me and not rereads.

Miss Peregrines home for peculiar children and Girl of nightmares were both disappointing. I was expecting them to be really good and they weren’t. Miss Peregrines home was just a bit average. Girl of nightmares was boring and lacked everything that made the first book good.

I really enjoyed Stardust and A Storm of Swords 2: Blood and Gold.

I’m currently about 300 pages into the next Game of Thrones book A Feast for Crows.