As I mentioned in one of my last reviews, I love browsing the new release section at my town library. I’ve found many wonderful books there, many of which had not been on my radar and that I might not have discovered otherwise. This is where I found Geek Girl, a young adult novel by Holly Smale. The book was published in the UK in 2013, but has only recently been published here in the United States.

Harriet Manners is a very clever girl. Her mind is full of facts about the world around her. Harriet is socially awkward, and at the beginning of the book, she is reluctantly accompanying her friend Nat to the Clothes Live show in Birmingham. While there, Harriet is spotted by a modeling scout. At first, Harriet doesn’t want anything to do with modeling; after all, the entire reason she is at Clothes Live is because Nat has always dreamed of being discovered.

When the modeling agency calls to follow up, Harriet feels conflicted. Modeling has never been a passion of hers, but could it help her improve her image? Harriet is tired of being a geek, and she wants things to change. Harriet usually has all the answers, and could modeling be the answer that she has been looking for?

Harriet’s brain might be full of facts and trivia, but none of them can prepare her for the whirlwind world of professional modeling. Geek Girl is a very funny book; just about everyone can relate to feeling awkward at some point in their life. Sometimes the humor is a little too silly, but that’s what makes the book so endearing.

I would absolutely recommend Geek Girl. This is such a charming book. It is about wanting to fit in, and being true to yourself. It is about friendship, and the range of emotions that go with a lifelong friendship. It is also about bullying; Harriet has her own personal mean girl, who has made it her goal to make Harriet’s life miserable. I thoroughly enjoyed Geek Girl, and I am looking forward to the American release of the sequels.

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