A few months ago I made the decision to embark on an exciting endeavour. I’d heard a lot about a certain contemporary series for geeks and geek lovers, and I decided to take the plunge and finally see what everyone had been raving about for months. From the very first chapter, I was hooked by Geek Girl. So here’s why you should be reading it.
Harriet, the main protagonist, has a distinctive voice that is perfect for British teenagers, as well as anyone who wants to get a good feel for the English people. Harriet is a geek, a worrier, and a complete and utter delight. Oh, and she also accidentally becomes a model while also falling for a hot Japanese-Australian guy whose aunt is a VIW (Very Important Woman). I didn’t connect with Harriet at all as a person, but she’s a brilliant character to read about and so very relatable to many people.
This whole series feels like a comedy TV series. Something you’d probably find on BBC One on a Saturday night. The most absurd things happen in order to drive the plot and the characters forward and yet it’s also quite believable. For example, in the first book Harriet is discovered by a modelling agent by complete accident (they were at an event trying to get her best friend noticed), and she spends half an hour hiding under a table, talking to the aforementioned hot guy.
The dialogue is also absolutely classic British. I’ve quoted Geek Girl to so many people because some of the lines are A+. This is my personal favourite:
“She’s probably so mesmerized by her own beauty she can’t move away from the mirror,” I hear Wilbur stage-whisper. “It’s why I’m always late.” Then he knocks on the door as well. “Look away from the reflection, baby,” he shouts through the wood. “Just look away and the spell will be broken.”
Look, sometimes fluff is just what you need. I have been reading this series on and off ever since I read the first book because it’s a great series of books to fit in between longer, more daunting ones. It’s also a great series to marathon, as I did with the most recent two books in preparation for the latest release. While the books follow the same formula (which some people might consider generic), and they’re easy to predict, there’s something relaxing about not having to think too much about the story or concentrate too much on the plot. It’s simple, easy to read, and definitely easy to enjoy.
Harriet Manners goes through a lot in the short time that we follow her story. At first she seems fairly shallow and self-absorbed. I know what you’re thinking. A geek? Self-absorbed? This is not the correct cliché! But it’s true. As the series progresses, however, Harriet goes through a lot and has to learn to deal with people and life in general. She’s learning to become a more considerate person, and if you look back at how she was in the first book after reading the latest, you can really see how far she has come.