Harriet Manners is tired of being labeled a geek. So when she’s discovered by a modeling agent, she seizes the chance to reinvent herself. There’s only one problem: Harriet is the definition of awkward. Does she have what it takes to transform from geek to chic?
Geek Girl is a brilliantly hilarious journey of a girl towards a better body image. Harriet has been a self-professed geek from her childhood. It is part of who she is, but when the bullying becomes too much, she jumps on an opportunity to transform herself. Thinking it will make her instantly cool and perhaps even let her love herself, she agrees to become a model for a very famous and very ice-queen-like designer. Needless to say, hilarity ensues and she causes quite a bit of trouble in the process. But the end, when she realizes her worth, is what really warmed my heart.
The humor is totally the selling point of the book – be it in the form of Harriet’s dry humor and panic modes, or her father’s extremely childlike habits or Wilbur’s (her agent) new monikers for her. The way she keeps getting herself deeper into the mess, and well as her casual reaction to her harmless stalker/classmate – Geek Girl keeps things light all over. The touchy moments are definitely the relationship between Annabelle and Harriet – at first, I though Annabelle would be portrayed as the typical stern stepmother, but she is actually quite sweet to Harriet, even though she tries to make a mini-Annabelle out of her. Her exasperation with her husband but her calm reactions to him really were quite funny. Harriet’s near-romance with Nick was not much highlighted but then again, romance was not the main focus of the story (for a change) and was more on Harriet realizing that she doesn’t need to change to be liked. I would recommend this book for the sheer pleasure of continuous laughs and warm moments.
Received an ARC from Harper Teen via Edelweiss, which doesn’t affect my opinions or reviews in any way.