Review: Geek Girl by Holly Smale

Geek GirlGeek Girl by Holly Smale

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Geek Girl is about 15-year-old Harriet. She is a geek, she is bullied, and she probably comes from one of the oddest families ever. Her mother is actually her step-mother and Harriet’s father acts more like a kid than she does. She has her own stalker. Her best friend Nat is a self-proclaimed future model. However, this all changes when Harriet is talent spotted at a clothing showcase. She instantly feels like she has stolen her best friend’s dream. However, she also badly wants this because she wants to change how others in her school perceive her.

More than anything, Geek Girl, is a coming-of-age novel with lots of humor. It’s about learning to stay yourself and finding your passions (even if it turns out that being a rocket scientist isn’t the only awesome thing in life). It’s about having new experiences. Most of all it’s about learning the truth about love. Not just romantically, but also learning about how others love you.

I fell in love with Harriet. At times she seemed like an adult stuck in a child’s body, but then we get flashes of her life where we see that she isn’t full-grown and that she still has a lot to learn. She’s believable as a 15-year-old in some ways and in other ways not. But who doesn’t think that they’re a lot older than they really are? We go through early life thinking we are the adults that we haven’t quite grown to be. However, Harriet takes it all into stride. She shows us that she has faults, but she’s also unabashedly herself.

Despite being a YA novel aimed more at younger audiences, I still found it a very enjoyable read. Is it the most epic thing ever? Maybe not, but it doesn’t need to be. Geek Girl is perfect the way it is and speaks what it needed to say.


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