Harriet Manners knows a lot of things.
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?
Geek Girl is the kind of book I would have LOVED to read when I was a teenager (meaning not THAT long ago ;)). It is funny, cute and sprinkled with just a teensy bit of romance. I was really excited to read this book because I had heard so many great things about it, and now that I have flipped through its pages, I can definitely say that it’s a nice read and I can see why this book has attracted so many readers.
First off, I think many readers can relate with the main character, Harriet Manners. She is a geek. She’s not popular. She’s kind of awkward. BUT, she’s adorably funny and all her geekiness turns her into a unique person worth meeting. She has a childish mind, but I loved that about her because she actually acts like a 15-year-old girl who is more interested in math and physics than worrying about being fashionable and overly popular. Or saving the world.
I really enjoyed reading about Harriet’s struggle in Geek Girl. When she is discovered or “spotted” by a modeling agent, her world is turned upside down as she tries to balance the opportunity to try something different for herself and keep everybody she loves happy. Like any teenager, things seem harder than they really are, thus Harriet with the help of her goofy father, make a mess out of everything. And although all the things that happen to Harriet do seem to be too improbable–and at times too childish–the lessons taught at the end of the road are the real deal in every single way.
Now, I do have to admit that I thought Geek Girl wasn’t going to be a good read for me. I had trouble trying to get into the story, I even set it aside and read other books before coming back to it, but after I moved past the first half, I started liking it a lot more and ended up all giddy with the story. So I do recommend not giving up on this book, it gets so much better afterwards and you won’t regret it.
Now I really need the sequel, Model Misfit. I’m curious to find out what happens next to our weirdly fascinating main character and her journey as a teenage model!