Blurb (from Goodreads):
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?
My rating: 7 out of 10 stars
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Harper Collins UK and Netgalley.)
15-year-old Harriet is a geek, and she knows it. The last thing she expects on a class trip to see ‘The Clothes Show’ is to be spotted by an agent from a model agency, especially as being a model has been her best friends dream for as long as she can remember.
Harriet is sick of being laughed at though. She wants things to change, and becoming a model might just be a big enough change to really shake things up.
Harriet’s step-mum is not happy about it though, and forbids Harriet from going ahead, but Harriet’s dad has other plans, and together they try to fool everyone.
How long can Harriet keep her new career a secret? What will Harriet’s best friend say when she finds out? And what are the creative team going to do with Harriet’s hair?
This was a fun read, with Harriet’s quirky ways, and the model agent’s strange mannerisms. The agent - Wilbur is quite silly and amusing, and calls people really random things like ‘my little tortoise’ and ‘alienduck’ (which is apparently ‘the ginger child of an alien and duck union’). Harriet’s dad is also prone to saying some ridiculous things at times!
I like the addition of the male model – Nick, and Harriet’s nervousness around him due to her crush, and the fashion designer with her strange requests.
I liked the storyline and scene setting, I could totally imagine the Russia shoot being on ‘America’s Next Top Model’, and it was also refreshing to read a book that was set in the UK!
Overall; a fun YA novel about becoming a model.
7 out of 10.
Geek Girl will be released on February 28th 2013.