Friday, May 17, 2013

Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Geek Girl by Holly Smale
Release Date: February 28, 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins


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?  - Goodreads.com

 

Geek Girl had a really cute premise and it sounded like it would be a really fun read.  In most ways, it was, but I had a little bit of trouble really becoming invested in the story.  Harriet was my favorite character in the story, only because I loved the geekness of her personality.  I love how much she knows, how smart she is, and how she just drops little factoids here and there in daily conversation.  This made her a lot more real to me, like someone you know.  But, that being said, there were some things about the story that kept me from really getting into it.

First, the modeling aspect of the story.  Did I think it was unrealistic that a girl could be "discovered" by a modeling agency?  No.  What I did find unrealistic though was how Harriet dealt with it.  I just didn't buy that she wasn't more into it, and see it as a way to change her life.  I mean she knew it would help her out, but to me, it wasn't enough.  A real teenaged girl, especially one who wants to be noticed, wants the mean girls in her life to eat it, and wants a boyfriend, would definitely dig this happening to her.  So I just didn't think it was realistic that she didn't think it was awesome.

Second, I really could take or leave the romance.  To me, the male lead just wasn't developed at all.  At the end of the book, I didn't feel like I knew him at all, and I felt he was kind of distant through the whole story.  With that in mind...the romance just seemed to be placed on the backburner completely.  So by the time the eventually ending occurs, I was almost like...so what?

This story's biggest strengths was the actual writing and the humor.  The writing was fun and fast-paced, and the humor was what I loved the best.  There were times I literally laughed out loud because of Harriet's narrative, but then again, some of that even grew to be over the top, such as Wilbur's endless supply of names for her.  Don't get me started on how much of a stereotype I felt that Wilbur was.

In the end, I just couldn't give this story my love.  I felt there were just too many things that weren't well-developed.  It was a cute contemporary though.




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