Geek Girl by Holly Smale
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, she 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? (Goodreads)
Harriet Manners is about as super-geeky as it gets. She’s smart–beyond smart, actually; she’s brilliant. But you know how sometimes smart people can be a little off? A little lacking in the social skills? Well, that’s Harriet. Despite that big ‘ol brain of hers and a head overflowing with useless facts, she doesn’t always have a great deal of maturity or common sense. When her BFF, who is dying to be a model, gets overlooked and Harriet is discovered by talent scouts, Harriet doesn’t handle it tactfully. She embarrasses herself. She takes the advice of all the wrong people. Modeling is supposed to be an opportunity for a new life to blossom, a chance to shed her nerd-image and reinvent herself. But it’s not, of course, because Harriet’s still Harriet and life, whether you’re famous or a goofy nobody, is full of the same challenges.
I liked Harriet. She just made me giggle (maybe even snort a time or two). The insane thoughts that flow through her head are completely entertaining and can make even the most eccentric person feel a little more sane (because everyone has crazy, weird thoughts at the wrong times). What I enjoyed most about her though was her heart. Harriet Manners wouldn’t hurt a fly. She doesn’t have a mean bone in her body. She is, to the core, good-natured in every way. I also loved her family. OMG, her father and stepmom? Hilarious. Quirky beyond words, but funny. While the modeling thing is something fun, it’s refreshing to see that life doesn’t actually change much for Harriet. She has the chance to grow, yes, and stand up for what he believes is right, and she has to open her eyes and see that her new life isn’t necessarily better than her old one.
Crush Intensity: 4/5 Super cute read. Is it going to change your life or your views on the world? No. But it’s fun and diverting. I enjoyed it.
Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Collins for providing me with an e-galley of this book.