“Harriet Manners knows a lot of things. Cats have 32 muscles in each ear. Bluebirds can’t see the colour blue. The average person laughs 15 times per day. Peanuts are an ingredient of dynamite. But she doesn’t know why nobody at school seems to like her. So when she’s offered the chance to reinvent herself, Harriet grabs it. Can she transform from geek to chic?”
I loved this book from start to finish! The main character, Harriet Manners, is extremely likeable and this is one reason why the book is so enjoyable. It is very easy to get into and I love the facts that are included throughout the book because I find them fascinating. I also love the fact that Harriet is a geek with no interest in fashion until she’s offered the chance to become a model.
Aside from Harriet, my two other favourite characters are Wilbur and Harriet’s Dad as they are similarly eccentric with their choice of vocabulary which adds humour to the book; I wasn’t expecting Geek Girl to make me laugh as much as it did. The problems Harriet faces apply not just to geeks, but anyone who is human. People aren’t perfect, although Harriet does have a tendency to be clumsier than most people, which may be a trait of her geekiness.
The contrast between Harriet, Nat and Toby, and Alexa and her posse, are stark adding a lot of conflict between the two sides making you feel empathetic towards the main character.
What I like about Harriet is that she isn’t perfect; she has flaws which makes her decision to accept the modelling offer, all the more interesting. It shows readers that it is not necessary to be ‘perfect’ in order to model, which is often the perception that people have.
All in all, I loved this book! It was easy to read and I would definitely recommend it to younger teenagers, but I think it is a fascinating read for all ages. Whether you are younger or older, you can get something out of this book, even if it is just an interesting fact that Harriet comes out with at random and inappropriate intervals!
My review on the second book in the series can be found here.
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