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? (Synopsis taken from Goodreads)
Harriet Manners is a geek. She is socially awkward, painfully shy, and constantly picked on by the “cool girl” at school. Which is why, when her best friend Nat drags her along to a Fashion Convention, she is less than thrilled. And yet she, plain ol’ Harriet Manners, not beautiful, enthusiastic Nat, is the one spotted and offered a job modeling for one of the biggest fashion businesses in the world. At first, she doesn’t think she’s going to take it, but it also offers her a chance to be known for something other than the school nerd.
This book was cute, pretty fluffy, and fun. It does have its flaws, so if you’re looking for a deep, thought-provoking read, this isn’t it. But Harriet is instantly likable, with her snark and the way she goes about life. She’ll stutter and stumble on the outside, but on the inside she is sharp, witty and very much herself. She doesn’t try to hide her geekiness, in fact, she embraces it. And I adored her for that.
The side characters were fleshed out as well. From the dorky, nerdy stalker Toby, whom Harriet tolerates but isn’t exactly friends with; her beautiful, funny, outgoing best friend Nat, who hopes and dreams about getting the chance that Harriet did; to Harriet’s over enthusiastic father who jumps on the opportunity way before Harriet even starts to really consider it.
However, this book did have a few problems. What I never got was why it was Harriet who was signed on for the modeling contract when she keeps describing herself as “ugly”. I didn’t really get the feeling that it was teen sensitivity, either. She would say how plain she looked next to naturally gorgeous Nat, and yet she was the one that the modeling agent spotted out of the crowd.
And Wilbur, the modeling agent. I get while the author was trying to make him seem “unique” and “interesting” it really just made him rather annoying. Whenever Wilbur was mentioned I would sigh, because by the end of the book the sheer mention of him would make me annoyed.
But overall, I enjoyed this book, even if I’m not running out to buy the second.
So we’re finally getting rain after a scorching hot summer, and all I wanted to do was go outside and just stand in it, because it felt so good. There was also a rather impressive (if brief) thunderstorm, which I adore, so that was fun, as well.
Have any of you guys read Geek Girl? What did you think about it? If so, do you agree or disagree with my review?