Title: Geek Girl
Author: Holly Smale
Published by: HarperTeen
Publication date: January 27, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Summary from Goodreads:
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?
I picked up this book from the library hoping for a light read. I was also curious how the book would handle the subject of body and self-image. I wasn’t disappointed. Harriet Manners would win at Trivial Pursuit. She’s an expert in trivia, randomly pulling obscure references like “chewing gum is banned in Singapore” into awkward first introductions. One thing I really like about Harriet, she’s a self-realized Geek.
“Did you know that in the old days the word geek was used to describe a carnival performer who bit the head off a live chicken or snack or bat as part of their stage act?
Exactly. Only a geek would know a thing like that.
I think it’s what they call ironic.”
She knows she’s a geek, she’s just not sure how to be different. Because according to the other kids at school, a geek is a bad thing. So when she’s accidentally discovered by a modeling agent, she thinks this is her big opportunity to transform.
Throughout the book we watch Harriet stumble through her new carrier, break and mend relationships, and finally come to realize she likes herself after all.
Would I let me teen read this?
There’s nothing questionable in this book. It’s a fun, clean read with a smart protagonist. The author is also British, so characters say things like, “Harriet, are you studying maths in the middle of my photo shoot?” Can’t you just hear the accent? Love it!
Age recommendation: 12
Sex – One kiss
My Goodreads rating: 3 out of 5 stars
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I read a lot. I'm a Mom. I'm officially in my 30s, but strangers often don't believe I'm old enough to drink. I love Young Adult fiction, and thought it was worthwhile to help teens and adults find age-appropriate options.