Geek Girl is a read one can easily get lost in; the word “geek” in the title alone was enough to make me want to dive into the story. I liked how entertaining the book was. Harriet Manners is a geek and she calls herself one as well. I think that all bookworms usually do have some geek in them, so I can definitely relate to her character! I loved reading Harriet’s inner dialogue–she’s quirky and witty but can sound quite self-obsessed sometimes. I alternated between really liking her character and feeling irritated with it. Harriet is not vain but she has a bad case of self-pitying that can get pretty bothersome to read about.
Harriet is teased at her high school, however, she’s soon given a life changing opportunity to turn herself from geek to model. I did like that modeling came naturally to her–it’s like her inner goddess came out once she was given the right platform to perform. Geek Girl is a cute novel with some minor romantic undertones. It’s essentially a novel of self-discovery and readers will see Harriet’s character grow as the plot progresses. I do think the book could have been better if there was more depth to the romance.
The concept of Geek Girl was wonderful but overall it was a typical coming of age novel and nothing anything particularly unique. There was nothing extraordinary and it did lack the magic I was looking for. That said, I did like the message that the author was trying to get across to the readers and think the book would appeal to the younger audience.
Benish Khan has her B.A in Psychology and Religion from the University of New York. She’s a psychologist and artist by day, and a bookworm by night. She currently blogs at feministreflections.com.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by HarperCollins Publishers. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.