Geek Girl - Holly Smale
Source: Review copy from HarperCollins (Children)
“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?
Ever felt like you don't fit in? Like no one likes you or that maybe you might actually be what people call you? We have all been there haven't we? We have all dealt with it our own ways too. Holly Smale has captured everything about being different and the torments it can bring with it, but also the goodness that can come when you realise that it's ok to be different and it's ok to be you.
This is a classic tale of the ugly duckling turning into a swan, but with a big dollop of friendship in. Geek girl is a book I think most teenagers/young adults would find something in to connect with and it could truly help lift spirits and show maybe show them that it's all eventually going to be ok.
It's a lovely little book of life and the obstacles some of us have had to, or will have to face sometime.
I recommend this book to all youngsters and the adult who's still young at heart.