Title: Geek Girl series
Author: Holly Smale
Synopsis: (of the first book) 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?
Rating: 4 stars
Review: I binge-read this series (or at least the first three in the series, because they’re all I could get my hands on) in about two days because I got the second two books from my local library and I was in the mood for a good book binge. Normal people binge-watch Netflix -I binge-read book series.
It’s a series that’s obviously aimed for girls of about 15/16, but even I enjoyed it and I’m 20. Some parts of it felt a little juvenile, like when Harriet throws a huge strop whenever she doesn’t get what she wants.
The first book focuses on Harriet getting signed to a modelling agency and getting her model career started. It’s also the book where she meets Nick Hidaka – ohhhhh, Nick… Nick is literally the best part of the series. More about him later though.
In the second book, Harriet goes to Tokyo for a modelling job, heartbroken over Lion Boy (Nick) but of course, who turns up in Tokyo too? You guessed it. Harriet ends up having to deal with relationship troubles, backstabbing saboteur models, and photo shoots which don’t go quite to plan.
By the third book, Harriet’s dragged across the Atlantic to America, where yet again she has relationship bothers. Damn, if Nick wasn’t so hot and so bloody Australian (I have a soft spot for Aussies), then I’d have a serious problem with him. In this one though, I really felt sorry for Harriet because her birthday gets ruined in every possible way – despite her being a little bit of a brat.
Now, back to talking about Lion Boy. If he was older, I’d cast that boyfriend guy from The Devil Wears Prada movie as him – olive skin, black curly hair that’s almost uncontrollable. Seriously, Nick Hidaka – despite his teenager-y flaws – is my new fictional boyfriend. I don’t care whether or not he’s seventeen. I’m taking him for myself. So there.
This is a series that’s good for reading over a weekend like I did, or just over your holidays – it’s a fun little series that can be used as a buffer between big reads, or to break up the monotony of a readathon. Give it a go – you’ll like it.