"My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek."
Geek Girl by Holly Smale
Published 28 February 2013 HarperCollins
I *love* Harriet. She is a smart, bright, quick teenager with a memory built for retaining facts and figures and she has (like every one of us) a whole heap of insecurities. In being herself, she becomes a target for bullies. Only her best friend Nat brightens her day.
Nat has always dreamt of being a model but when its Harriet that's 'spotted' at the Clothes Show, their friendship is put to the test. Harriet knows its her best friend's dream, but its also a chance for Harriet to change her life - to be something other than a Geek Girl. Can Harriet Manners go from Geek to Chic?
I flew through this book - it is great teen fiction. Brilliant characterisation and bang-on hilariously funny dialogue. I can see this being a big hit in school and public libraries alike. It plays on everyone's dream - the chance to change, to be someone else, to be new. But, is the grass always greener? Read Geek Girl and find out!
Many thanks for the proof copy - and my Geek Girl badge which I attached to my work badge on publication day and have yet to take off!
Holly Smale is a fab new voice and I cannot wait to read more from her. Geek Girl is semi-autobiographical, Holly did model as a teenager and has now found her path as a writer http://www.thewritegirl.co.uk. She is currently working on the sequel to Geek Girl - woohoo!