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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?

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Comments on: "Geek girl – Holly Smale" (20)

  1. I recommend the Geek Girls series.
    I absolutely loved reading through it. This series has lots of laughs and tears. It is about Harriet (my favourite character), who knows just about every weird fact known to man kind, but becomes a model. You follow her through on this amazing journey. As you read through the series there are HEAPS of embarrassing moments, and a touch of romance too. The series is most definitely chick-lit.
    I recommend this series for ages 10 – 14.
    I give this series an 8.

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  2. Geek Girl is a very light-hearted and fun book to read! It is a really good book for girls particularly because it definitely includes some relatable themes the author explores really well. It is about Harriet Manners, who is a 15-year old that is a self-confessed geek until she is scouted by a modelling agent and her whole identity is completely upended. Even though this is not her dream, she wants to fit in desperately and as she becomes the target of the school bully she begins to change herself. My favourite part was when Harriet goes under the table and does not realise Nick is under there, because it is very awkward but funny and perpetuates Harriet’s personality for the rest of the book. I can relate to Harriet how she thinks she needs to be someone who she is not and takes on the dreams of others, but is ultimately able to find herself and stick to it. I definitely recommend not just this book but the rest of the series, because you definitely become fond of Harriet and the other characters as you see them grow and change, and you are excited to see what happens next. It is very funny and not too serious, perfect for anyone that loves a young adult book with some laughs and a good message behind it!

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  3. laceyob21 said:

    this book is the perfect mixture of teen drama and comedy. I really recommend this book if you are into that sort of stuff. the main character (Harriet) is a bit of a geek but she soon gets discovered by a modelling scout and her world is transformed! i rate this book 8/10 it is a great read!

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  4. Isobel said:

    I love this book it is so engaging with a great story line the flows through the whole book. It is a great read from ages 10 up. The main character Harriet Manners is a Geek so everyone calls her. She wants to be known as something else not just the Geek she lives with her Dad and her Stepmother. She got an opportunity to be a model but her Stepmother was not so keen but she really wanted to give this a shot so she went against her.

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  5. The main character, Harriet Manners is what you would call the stereotypical “geek”. She knows people don’t see as a popular kid or consider her as cool, but she doesn’t let that bring down her spirits until the school bully picks on her in class. After that she decides that she will take up the offer from a modelling agency (even though she didn’t actually want to get this job until the incident with the bully) because she wants to change her image into a more cooler one. But her absoloute best friend Nat really wants/wanted to be a model, but doesn’t get the job which breaks her heart. Harriet is faced with a challenging decision that sets up the rest of the book completely. The book can be inspiring in parts and funny or sad in others. You wont want to put down the book once you pick it up. there a little lessons in the book. You will feel a connection between characters and yourself or atleast i definitely did. The author describes the characters so well that you feel like you practically know them. Even if you aren’t into modelling and fashion which i definitely wasn’t this book is still definitely a must read!

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  6. Pippa said:

    I really enjoyed this book and I would recommend reading it because it has a really good storyline and I think from ages about 8 or 9 to 15 0r 16. Harriet Manners is a very smart person and knows a lot of things. She doesn’t get noticed very much at school so when a modelling opportunity approaches her she jumps at it. This book is drama, comedy and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  7. Priscilla C said:

    Geek Girl by Holly Smale is a lighthearted read that I thoroughly enjoyed. With a bit of comedy, drama and a hint of romance it was delightful and amusing. The characters are well developed, quirky, and loveable because they are so easy to relate to! This book was thoroughly engaging and I just wanted more, more, more! Lucky for me, the other two books in the series are just as good! If you liked this book I recommend Girl Online and vice versa. This is more for younger girls, and I believe a good age range is around 9 – 14 years of age. I would rate it an 7.5/10!

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  8. Charlie said:

    Geek girl, a novel by Holly Smale. The story focuses on the daily life of Harriet Manners who knows so many interesting facts about everything, and loves to tell people. The problem is that she doesn’t feel like she fits in with everyone else. Harriet is given a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a model for a World famous agency which has been her best friends dream her whole life, and Harriet doesn’t know a single thing about fashion, and more importantly don’t have the passion for it either.
    Will she accept the opportunity? What will happen with her and her best friend? Will people still think she is a geek? Does she make any new friends on the way? Will she find a way to ruin everything, or will it be ok?
    Only one way to find out is to read the book, which is relatable, funny and amazing.
    I would recommend it to anyone but someone who can easily relate, likes romance and a bit of comedy.
    I rate this book a 9/10

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  9. Indianna said:

    geek girl is an inspiring book about a girl called harriet manners, she was a complete geek and never really felt like she fitted in. She soon became a world famous model with a few hiccups on the way ,I really love this book and I would definitely recommend it to a friend, Harriet is so smart and knows a lot of things. While making a fool of herself she is discovered by a modelling agency. Her best friend Nat has always wanted to be a model and Harriet never thought she would be discovered by a modelling agency. Although Harriet knows nothing about modelling and she feels guilty that she is steeling her best friends dream she takes the opportunity to become more popular and cool since she is considered a geek. I rate this book a 10/10

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  10. Charlotte Morgan said:

    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.I love this book because it is really romantic and funny. I give this book a 8/10

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  11. Phoebe M said:

    The book ‘Geek Girl’ is absolutely amazing! The characters truely portray real people and some may find this book relatable. This book talks about Harriet, a geek that knows quite a lot of random information, one day she accidentally gets a job as a model and her best friend is furious. What sort of things will Harriet encounter on her journey from geek to chic? Will she be able to hide this from her stepmother? I would recommend this book to anyone who loves adorable and quirky characters and also loves a good bit of drama. 5/5 from me.

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  12. Anabelle said:

    The book Geek girl is a fascinatingly intelligent story of a girl with a brilliant mind and an everlasting love for facts. The first time I read this book I was amazed and soon enough became indulged into the life and story of Harriet Manners a smart bubbly teenage girl also referred to as a ‘Geek’. Not only other people noticing and pinning her as the geek but she herself has identified that she belongs under this label, seen as an invisible and intelligent person she goes on unnoticed each and every day.
    I can not possibly pick a certain part in this book that I truly enjoyed the best, the overall storyline that made up this book was captivating and enjoyable each time I read it.
    One of my favourite characters in this book would have to be Harriet herself because she represents in so many ways the strong qualities within her, having to cope with family changes, friendship problems, new hobbies and extremely new tasks that can look impossible to tackle. The determination, kindness, bravery and persistence she displays is incredible through the entire of this book.

    When I read this I could hardly put it down with the addictive storyline and drama, emotional scenes and happy scenes it was overall an amazing novel to read. I would definitely recommend this book to people 11+ if you wanted to read a great chick lit book this would definitely be the one for you, and see for yourself if she can make the transformation from Geek to chic.
    Book rating 9/10
    Author – Holly Smale

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  13. Elise said:

    I really love this book and I would definitely recommend it to a friend. Harriet Manners is a geek and she is so smart and knows a lot of things. While making a fool of herself she is discovered by a modelling agency. Her best friend Nat has always wanted to be a model and Harriet never thought she would be discovered by a modelling agency. Although Harriet knows nothing about modelling and she feels guilty that she is steeling her best friends dream she takes the opportunity to become more popular and cool since she is considered a geek. Harriet is whisked away to Russia where she is very clumsy. It is such a funny book to read! Harriet falls over catwalks and it is hilarious. Along the journey she meets a boy named nick and it is so romantic! There are lots of awkward moments in this book and there are lots of parts in the book where you are sitting at the edge o the seat. My favourite part of this book is when Harriet meets nick under a table and it is so funny to read because they have such an awkward conversation. My favourite character is obviously Harriet because she always embarrasses herself and it is so hilarious! I rate this book a 9/10

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  14. Pippa said:

    I loved this book and it is an easy enjoyable book to read. It’s clever and funny and a really enjoyable book. I would recommend this to lots of people.

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  15. I liked this book because it was really funny and the storyline and characters were very creative and well-developed. I loved how much of a geek Harriet is and how clumsy she is on the catwalk and in front of the camera. I also loved how girly but geeky this book is. My favourite part was probably when Harriet goes under the table and there was actually someone under the table, I loved this because it was awkward and funny and Harriet was really surprised when she finds Nick under the table. My favourite character is probably Harriet because she is really clumsy and geeky but at the same time geeky. I also like Toby because he is so funny in the way he is constantly stalking Harriet and trying to impress her. I can relate to Harriet and the way that Alexa rules everything because there is always that popular girl in school that rules everything, and doesn’t acre about anyone else. And also the way that when Harriet does something that Alexa doesn’t like Harriet has to suffer Alexa’s wrath. I don’t really have a least favourite part but I hate it when Harriet humiliates herself, I felt like borrowing my head in a hole because I felt so embarrassed for Harriet. But it was also funny because I felt like laughing my head off at her embarrassment. I wouldn’t change anything about the book because the parts in the book fit together well to get the final product, if i did change something the book wouldn’t be how it is. I would recommend this to all the girls out there because this book is really funny and fun and also had heaps of romance and humiliation. Any girl that loves the romance, comedy, humiliation and a bit of drama should pick up this book now.

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  16. Nessy said:

    I read this book in year 5 and I absolutely loved it !! it has a mix of teen drama and comedy. so I really recommend this book if you are into that sort of stuff. the main character (Harriet) is a bit of a geek but she soon gets discovered by a modelling scout and her world is transformed! i rate this book 8/10 it is a great read!

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  17. Grace said:

    The main character Harriet Manners, is what you would call the typical geek. She knows people don’t see as normal or consider her cool, but she doesn’t let that bring down her spirits until the school bully pick on her in class. After that she decides that she will take up the offer from a modelling agency (which she didn’t actually want to get this job until the incident with the bully) because she wants to change her image. But her friend nat really want to be a model, but doesn’t get the job which breaks her heart. Harriet is faced a challenging decision that sets up the rest of the book. the book can be inspiring in parts and funny in others. You wont want to put down the book once you pick it up. there a little lessons in the book. You will feel a connection between characters and yourself. The author describes the characters so well that you feel like you practically know them. Iys a great girly book for everyone.

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  18. Grace said:

    I loved this story ! The main character, Harriet Manners, is discovered by a modelling agency, except that has never been her dream, but her best friend Nat’s. It has so much emotion, romance, humour and adventure, I would recommend this book to anyone 10+ and rate it a 9.5/10 !

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  19. I really recommend Geek Girl because it is a really good book for girls who love a good girly book and a bit of a laugh and a cry here and there, Geek Girls is about this girl who finds out that she wants to be a model, even though her best friend wants to be one, and has since for ever, but she steals her dream and all starts going wrong, maybe Harriet just wasn’t meant to be a model, but what happens next?

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  20. I loved this book and recommend you should read it because the characters are so well developed and the storyline is so clever. It tells the story of a geek- Harriet who accidentally gets discovered by a modelling scout and she then is offered a job. But can she go against her stepmothers wishes and even if she does she will be betraying her best friend.
    As you can see Harriet is in quid a pickle. I love the way the author shows the character by describing her so well. No wonder they made a follow up. This book I highly recommend to those who are either (a) a geek or (b) a fashionista.

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