22249710Geek Girl (Geek Girl #1) by Holly Smale
Release Date: January 25, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Edelweiss
Rating: starstarstar
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

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

Review:

Being a geek is fine. It’s unimpressive, sure, but it’s pretty unobtrusive. I could be a geek all day long, as long as people left me alone. The thing is: they don’t.–eARC 7%.

Harriet Manners doesn’t find herself to fit in. She’s a geek and she’s sick of the label. The mean girl in school has used it to her advantage and she’s over it. Harriet tends to be fine with her life. She’s content with her family, she’s more than content with her BFF, Nat.

What I’m trying to say is: we’re close. We’re harmonized. We’re one and the same.–eARC 3%

The problem is that others seem to not be fine with this label and Harriet wants a change, a huge change. And, of course, a huge change happens. She is spotted one day and encouraged to become a model. Her father thinks it’s a genius idea, her (step-)mother thinks it’s a horrible idea and Nat, well Nat is jealous because Nat’s dream since she was young? To be a model. Nat, is her best friend, but she’s hurt. Not only is Harriet becoming a model but she hid it from Nat, to spare her feelings, which of course only hurt her feelings even more. I’ve been in both situations, both of them horrible. I felt for both Nat and Harriet in this position and both ways are painful. Smale wrote one of the most realistic portrayals of friendship in a young adult book that I’ve read recently.

Is there any way we can just avoid the subjuct of yesterday until it goes away complete? Is that how Best Friendship works? Maybe. Maybe not. But we both spend teh rest of teh journey to school trying to find out.--eARC 22%

Harriet claims her only friend is Nat, and that is only partly true. She has a friendship with a guy in her class named Toby. The problem is that Toby is a fairly annoying stalker. Harriet even jokes about Toby being annoying.

It’s funny, when Toby behaves like this, I can suddenly see why I’m so annoying.–eARC 8%

To me, Toby’s annoyances we’re the fact that he was “annoying” it was the fact that he was a creepy stalker. There is no way to make it better. I’ve seen multiple reviews where they go, “oh well, he wasn’t that bad.” No, he was. The girls. His parents. Her parents. The teachers. SOMEONE. But everyone just kept going “oh, it’s Toby.” But it’s not. It’s more than that. And that was my true problematic part of the book. It took a bit of the story away from me because I was so annoyed.

But everything else worked. The family dynamics. The highs. The lows. I found Geek Girl to be a super cute, enjoyable read and would be happy to continue on with the series.