I just got home from a very busy weekend trip. I wanted to post something, so I decided to do another recent YA read. My brain is a little fried, so please excuse any mistakes.
I'm far too tired to consider doing a summary of my own today.
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?
I found this book to be a tad outlandish, but I don't know much about the modeling industry, so it may just be my outside view of business. According to the author biography, Holly Smale became a model as a teenager, so I'm going to trust her on that part of this story.
The writing style is the best part of this book. Harriet has such a fun voice, and I love how Harriet used interesting facts to tie together her feelings and events.
All of Smale's characters are fun and interesting. Toby's obsession with Harriet makes his character quirky, and Wilbur has a way of dominating every scene. I do feel that the characters' lives tend to revolve around Harriet, and that makes them a tad unrealistic.
The plot keeps you guessing, and you are always looking forward the next chapter.
I found Harriet's motivation and resulting actions unlikely. Becoming a model just so she could become "cool" is a drastic step, and Harriet seems too level-headed to make such a rash decision.
I didn't check the facts in GEEK GIRL to make sure they were correct. However, I did find a few pieces of false information.
GEEK GIRL has me hooked, and I know that I'm definitely going to pick up the next book. It's an enjoyable read.
I think GEEK GIRL somewhere between 3. 5 and 4 stars. Maybe a 3.8 or so?