Head Over Heels (Geek Girl #5)

Head Over Heels (Geek Girl, #5)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:

Synopsis:

Harriet Manners knows almost every fact there is.

She knows duck-billed platypuses don’t have stomachs.
She knows that fourteen squirrels were once detained as spies.
She knows only one flag in the world features a building.

And for once, Harriet knows exactly how her life should go. She’s got it ALL planned out. So when love is in the air, Harriet is determined to Make Things Happen!
If only everyone else would stick to the script…

Has GEEK GIRL overstepped the mark, and is following the rules going to break hearts all over again?

Thoughts:

There’s something about the Geek Girl books that just makes me happy. I absolutely love Harriet as our main protagonist. She’s such a lovable character even if she can be infuriating at times. Head Over Heels is a wonderful addition to the series. I loved stepping back into Harriet’s world.

As ever, we begin the story with Harriet giving us a recap of what she’s been up to. One of the things that I love about this series is that I’m getting so familiar with the characters. I even have love for Toby, Harriet’s ‘stalker’. Harriet isn’t modeling as much as she used to be, so she’s putting all of her time and energy into organising her group of friends. As we know, Harriet is super organised. She wants to plan an amazing sleepover. She’s even got an itinerary. Harriet fails to realise what her friends are going through which makes it really hard to agree on a date. Wilbur, makes a reappearance. When Harriet overhears a conversation, she gets stuck on the idea that she has to take modeling seriously to help Wilbur out of a sticky financial situation. Once Harriet gets stuck on an idea, she goes through with her plans even if it does involve a little meddling along the way.

I absolutely love this series. I find it so addictive and easy to read. The characters, as I mentioned, seem so familiar, it’s like catching up with friends! I love that Harriet has now got a core group of friends. She’s found it difficult in the past to make friends and whilst it isn’t plain sailing for Harriet, it’s wonderful to read about their group dynamics. I read this book in no time at all. It’s so fun and heart-warming to read.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Another great instalment of the Geek Girl series. This fun and heart-warming series should be on your radar if you love cute and funny reads!

Geek Girl- All That Glitters (Geek Girl #4)

All That Glitters (Geek Girl, #4)

How did I get it?:
Netgalley- thanks to Harper Collins UK

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Geek Girl
Geek Girl: Model Misfit
Geek Girl: Picture Perfect

Synopsis:

The fourth book in the award-winning GEEK GIRL series. Harriet Manners has high hopes for the new school year: she’s a Sixth Former now, and things are going to be different. But with Nat busy falling in love at college and Toby preoccupied with a Top Secret project, Harriet soon discovers that’s not necessarily a good thing…

Thoughts:

I swear this book is getting better and better as the series progresses. Don’t get me wrong, it was a strong series right from the first book, but as Harriet’s story progresses it’s clear that Holly Smale is a fantastic writer. Her writing is just so easy to read. It’s fun and engrossing. In Harriet, Holly has created a lovable character. She has her flaws but she’s incredibly real and so easy for the younger readers (and those not AS young) to find common ground with.

Don’t expect All That Glitters to be a happy, sparkly book all the way through. There are fun moments and laugh out loud sentences, but it’s also incredibly emotional. Harriet deals with a range of experiences including sudden popularity (something she definitely isn’t used to), more modelling and heartache. It is the heartache that really got to me. Holly writes about it in such a raw manner, with words that completely tore at my heartstrings. I wanted to get inside the book and give Harriet a massive hug.

That’s as far as I think I can go with this review, because one thing I know is that I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read it. All That Glitters is best read with no knowledge of what’s going to happen. It really made an impact on me. I truly believe that this book is the best in the series so far, purely because of the emotional depth!

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

This series gets stronger and stronger with every book!

Geek Girl: Picture Perfect (Geek Girl #3)

Picture Perfect (Geek Girl, #3)

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Previously reviewed by the same author:
Geek Girl
Geek Girl: Model Misfit

Synopsis:

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I’ll always be a geek.”

It’s the hilarious third book in the No.1 bestselling, award winning GEEK GIRL series!

Harriet Manners knows more facts that most. She knows that New York is the most populous city in the United States. She knows that its official motto is “Ever Upward”. She knows that 28% of Americans believe we never landed on the moon.

But she knows nothing about modelling in the Big Apple, and how her family will cope with life stateside. Or how to “become a brand”, as the models in New York put it. And, even more importantly, what to do when the big romantic gestures aren’t coming from your boyfriend…

Does geek girl go too far this time?

Thoughts:

It’s been a while since I lost myself in Harriet’s world. I have been meaning to read this book for AGES, but didn’t get around to it. The release of the next in the series (All That Glitters) is coming up this Thursday, so I thought I’d push this review forward in order to review All That Glitters before its release date. Oh, how I’ve missed reading about Harriet. She’s just so darn normal and easy to relate to. Holly Smale really is a terrific writer and she deserves every success with this series.

Picture Perfect follows Harriet’s adventures in New York, after Harriet and her family have to move there for her father’s job. Harriet ends up landing a modelling job, but modelling in New York is a completely different experience. Harriet feels alone, her friends are back at home and her boyfriend Nick seems to be distant from her despite being in the same country!

I’m trying not to say too much, as it is best left for each reader to enjoy. What I will say though, is I love how Harriet is growing as a character. She’s still recognisable as our lovable Geek Girl, but she’s changing, she’s maturing, she’s rebelling! Harriet Manners is one of the most real characters I’ve read about. Any girl could be Harriet and I think this is what makes this series such a success.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

If you haven’t started this series yet, what are you waiting for?! Fun, well written and immensely enjoyable!

Top Ten Characters I Wish Would Get Their OWN Book

toptentuesdayTop Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week the list is the Top Ten Characters that we wish would get their OWN book. This was quite a tricky list for me, but here is what I have come up with.

In no particular order… (Click on the book image for the Goodreads page!)

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Luna Lovegood- Harry Potter- What’s not to love about Luna? I’d definitely want to hear more from her side of the story, no matter how strange it may be!

Neville Longbottom– Harry Potter- I always wonder what the story would’ve been like from Neville’s point of view!

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Kenjii– Shatter Me trilogy- I absolutely love Kenjii and would love to know more about him.

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Cinna- The Hunger Games- Such a fabulous character!

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Tris’s mum- Divergent- I loved Tris’s mum. She’s an amazing, strong character.

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Wendy– Unearthly- I would have liked to have learnt more about Clara’s friend Wendy!

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Daniel– Mara Dyer- Mara’s brother Daniel was so protective over her! I’d love to know more about what’s going on in his head!

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Iko– The Lunar Chronicles- Yes, I’m totally putting her on my list. I loved Iko. I would love to see more from her!

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Toby– Geek Girl- Toby is a great character. I thought he was adorable!

Susannah- The Summer I Turned Pretty- Susannah may not be there in all of the books, but she’s definitely want brings the families together.

So who would you like to have a book of their own! Let me know in the comments or feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

 

Model Misfit

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How did I get it?:
NetGalley- thanks to Harper Collins UK

Synopsis:

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek.”

Harriet knows that modelling won’t transform you. She knows that being as uniquely odd as a polar bear isn’t necessarily a bad thing (even in a rainforest). And that the average person eats a ton of food a year, though her pregnant stepmother is doing her best to beat this.

What Harriet doesn’t know is where she’s going to fit in once the new baby arrives.

With summer plans ruined, modelling in Japan seems the perfect chance to get as far away from home as possible. But nothing can prepare Harriet for the craziness of Tokyo, her competitive model flatmates and her errant grandmother’s ‘chaperoning’. Or seeing gorgeous Nick everywhere she goes.

Because, this time, Harriet knows what a broken heart feels like.

Can geek girl find her place on the other side of the world or is Harriet lost for good?

Thoughts:

Model Misfit is the sequel to Geek Girl, which I read earlier this year. As soon as I noticed Model Misfit up on NetGalley, I knew I had to request it. I completely disregarded my NetGalley ban (I have too many books!). Sequels can always be a bit risky, especially when you love the first book, but I’m glad I requested Model Misfit as I thoroughly enjoyed and devoured it!

Ah, it’s so nice to be reunited with Harriet again. I noted in my Geek Girl review how much I liked Harriet as a protagonist. This hasn’t changed in Model Misfit. Holly Smale has created a character that you feel you really know and want things to go right for. Holly has a knack for making me laugh out loud with Harriet’s escapades.

In Model Misfit Harriet is still dealing with her stalker Toby, (who I love by the way!) her stepmother’s pregnancy, missing Nick and beginning a modelling job in Japan. Harriet meets plenty of new people in Japan, but someone is trying to sabotage her career. You’ll have to read it to find out who, and find out what funny things Harriet gets up to!

My experience reading Model Misfit was like the feeling you get when you meet up with your oldest, closest friend. Good fun and plenty of laughs. It was the perfect read for a cold Autumnal afternoon.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
Dangerous Girls- Abigail Haas

Geek Girl

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How did I get it?:
From Netgalley, thanks to HarperCollins UK

Synopsis:

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek.”

Harriet Manners 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. She knows that bats always turn left when exiting a cave and that peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.

But she doesn’t know why nobody at school seems to like her.

So when Harriet is spotted by a top model agent, she 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 impossibly handsome model Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.

Veering from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, Harriet begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn’t seem to like her any more than the real world did.

As her old life starts to fall apart, will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

Thoughts:

I’ve been excited about this book for quite some time, so I was thrilled when I got my hands upon a copy. Sometimes when I work myself up for a book I find that I’m disappointed. This wasn’t the case with Geek Girl. I was expecting a light and fluffy story, which it is. But it’s also a fast paced, well written, funny story with good heart. It portrays the message that you shouldn’t change who you are just to fit in.

Harriet was a fantastic character. I really liked that she realised she didn’t have to transform herself in order to be happy. Her individuality and geekiness really shone through! I see little bits of myself in Harriet, which is why I think a lot of readers could relate to her. I would’ve liked to have learned a bit more about Nat and Nick as they were interesting, but I understand Holly Smale is working on a sequel, so maybe the reader will learn more in the next book!

Geek Girl is well worth reading. It’s so easy to read and I found myself smiling A LOT as I read. I look forward to reading the sequel and more work from Holly Smale.

Would I recommend it?:
Of course!

Reading next:
The Universe Versus Alex Woods- Gavin Extence

WWW Wednesday #2

WWW Wednesday's is hosted by Should Be Reading. Click on the link to get to her blog!

WWW Wednesday’s is hosted by Should Be Reading. Click on the link to get to her blog!

To join in you need to answer 3 questions..

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

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What are you currently reading?  I’m currently reading Geek Girl by Holly Smale. I’ll probably finish it today, it’s very quick and easy to read!

What have you recently finished reading? I recently finished Rebecca as part of a challenge to read more classics. I absolutely love this book. You can read my review HERE

What do you think you’ll read next? I’m going to read the next in the Waterstones 11 list, which is another novel from a debut author that shows much promise. I can’t wait to read this one!