Monday 18 March 2013

Geek Girl by Holly Smale book review and competition

Geek Girl by Holly Smale, review and competition on Emma in Bromley I was sent a copy of "Geek Girl" to review (I've got 2 copies to give away too!) and in a nutshell it's about a geeky girl who gets a chance to reinvent herself as one of the popular girls! At first I was a bit "oh! What's wrong with being geeky? I was geeky!) but obviously she soon realises the importance of being true to yourself and that there's nothing wrong with geek!

The book made me think of all the weird and wonderful phases I went trough as a teenager (my teen years were in the 90's) and I wonder what my little ones will go through as teenagers!
I was a bit "grunge" (nirvana was permanently on my cassette player) for a while, and hippie/nature child for ages and my fave was going goth for a full week! I had a long black PVC "the crow" trench coat and doc Martin cherry red boots and full on make up with black hair! Nobody seemed to notice my goth stage and when I was talking about it with my mum recently, she said she thought I'd still been a bit goth up until a few years ago!

Anyway, back to the book - a jolly good read and encouraging for any young ladies battling with geekdom, random phases and identity crisis!

I really enjoyed the main character, she's very likeable and funny - this book made me giggle :)

I thought it was a really good debut novel and would like to read more from Holly Smale.

“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?

Lovely interviews with Holly Smale:


I'm lucky enough to have been offered "Geek Girl" by Holly Smale for 2 of my lovely readers to win a copy each.

To enter the competition, please leave a comment below telling me one of your teenage phases! don't forget to include a way for me to contact you if you are the winner, such as twitter id or email please.

The prize will be sent directly to the winner from the company supplying the prize.

Open to the UK only please.

Competition will close on Thursday 28th March 2013 at 12noon.

Two winners will be selected using to win 1 copy each, please reply with your details within 7days of winning or another winner will be selected.

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Emma in Bromley x


  1. I went through them all. I was a goth, an indie kid, I even had a phase where I simply wore whatever I fancied, and if it was cold I 'd just put another layer on top... :D

  2. I follow you on Facebook under the less impersonal name of Jenny Leonard :)

  3. I went through a veggie phase - me and a friend did it at the same time but I was overcome buy the smell of bacon one Sunday morning. I never went back to lamb though, still don't eat that! @MummyFever

  4. Now you're asking. It's so long ago, I'm not sure I can remember. I can remember being into Duran Duran, wearing white kitten heeled stillettos and skin tight jeans for a while.

  5. I was and always will be an indie kid with a Lego haircut and skinnyfit jeans!! @olivia280177

  6. Phases? Haven't ever grown out of them.

  7. Thank you to everyone for entering, The competition has now closed.

    Congratulations to: Olivia280177 and Jenny Leonard.

    1. Thank you so much. The prize is incredibly impressive - I'm going to have to let them fight it out who has what! :D

  8. One of my teen phases was only wearing Doctor Martin Boots (purple) to College every day, and my denim jackets.


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Emma x