Geek Girl

(98 reviews with an average rating of 5 out of 5)

Publisher: HarperCollins

Everyone at school knows Harriet Manners is a geek – she’s always spouting random facts, has zero fashion sense and can often be found in a tangled heap on the floor after falling over. But Harriet just can’t see why this means everyone seems to hate her. Her nemesis Alexa goes out of her way to trip her up, point out her flaws and make her life miserable. At least she has best friend Nat to keep her sane. But when the class takes a trip to the Clothes Show Live and Nat is desperate to get spotted as a model – only Harriet does instead – she has to choose between the reinvention she believes will change her life at school, and stealing her best friend’s dream…

Events in the book are loosely based on author Holly Smale’s real-life experience of falling into modeling as a geeky teen, which makes Harriet’s struggle to accept herself in the face of bullies all the more touching. Not only this, but the writing is genuinely funny and the facts littered throughout will appeal to all the real life geek girls out there looking for a lead character to identify with. Although billed as a teen title, the content is gentle and appropriate for younger readers – romance enters peripherally, but like Louise Rennison, Smale never goes further than 'snogging' territory. With the current wave of empowerment for all the geeks out there, Geek Girl is the perfect title to transition 10-12 year olds into teen reading with a positive message and plenty of laughs along the way. 

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