geek girl book coverReviewed by Benish Khan

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.

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

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.