Title: Geek Girl
Author: Holly Smale
Publisher: HarperTeen (HarperCollins)
“Harriett Manners is a Geek.
As if the Oxford English Dictionary on her nightstand isn’t enough of a clue, there are also the weird looks she gets at school, and the way no one appreciates her extensive trivia knowledge.. So when her friend Nat drags her along to a fashion show and Harriet is accidentally discovered by a modeling agent, she leaps at the chance to reinvent herself.
Harriet isn’t sure she’ll ever learn to navigate the terrifying world of high fashion—at least not without falling off a runway and embarrassing herself in front of her gorgeous new costar, Nick. But read or not, she’s about to learn whether she has what it takes to transform from geek to chic.”
OMG. I love this book. It was so funny! If you read and loved The Princess Diaries, you will absolutely love this book. Harriett has some pretty spectacularly awkward moments in the book, like hyperventilating into her hands and then trying to pass it off as just smelling her hands.
But Harriett is not the only funny character. My favorite, by far, is her father. At first, the quips between her father and he stepmother made me think they might be getting a divorce (my brain works weird) but that chemistry was just too cute! The other characters were just as amazing.
My only complaint was the bully, Alexa. I just felt like that was more middle school than high school style bullying, but considering the characters are fifteen, I went with it.
I would definitely have acquired it. I am not sure how well it will do in the US (it was up for several awards after its UK publishing) but this is the type of book I would be glad to spend a year with and make sure everyone reads it.