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Geek Girl

Geek Girl - Holly Smale Actual rating: 2.5(This review was originally posted at My Library in the Making.)When I read Geek Girl's title and summary, I thought I was going to love it. I thought I'd be able to relate to it. Finally, I thought, a book about a smart but socially-challenged girl who decides to reinvent herself. Unfortunately, Geek Girl couldn't have disappointed me more.In less than fifty pages, I already wanted to stop reading this. Everything was just so exaggerated. Harriet was a know-it-all who couldn't stop herself from making her classmates feel stupid. Hermione Granger was a know-it-all who couldn't stop herself from making her classmates feel stupid. The difference between them? I loved Hermione; I hated Harriet.With this book, I finally understood the difference between 'nerd' and 'geek', and if Harriet's a geek, then I'd like to be a nerd, thankyouverymuch. If not for all the trivia that her brain was loaded with, she would've been completely stupid. Everything about her character was forced, from her smartass-ness to her non-existent social skills. And since this book was written in her perspective... well, let's just say I was irritated and rolling my eyes almost the whole time.The first few chapters were Harriet introducing herself and all, so I thought it'd get better once other characters were introduced. I couldn't have been more wrong, because it just got worse. Turns out it wasn't just Harriet who was exaggerated to the point of ridiculous, but all the other characters as well. In fact, the only character from this story who felt real was Harriet's best friend.Even the plot felt forced. First, Harriet went on and on about how she knew she's a geek and that she's used to everyone ridiculing her because of it (by the way, I'm no supporter of bullying but if I'd known Harriet, I'd hate her too), but one day, after a bullying incident that, for me, was actually less hurtful than having geek written on her bag, she realizes that enough was enough and decides to change herself? Please.I didn't think I'd need to elaborate on the bullying bit of the book. I mean, we all know it happens in real life, and it's not pretty. But for someone as knowledgeable as Harriet, she sure didn't handle it well. So there's Alexa, a girl from her school who hated her and had been making her life a living hell since they'd first met. And then during her first runway show, Harriet met models who made sure she knew that they hated her. Before she walked onstage, they told her that because people in Russia drove on the right side, they had been also been instructed, on the last minute, to walk on the right. Harriet didn't have a way of confirming this, so she's left with two choices: believe the models (who were just messing with her), or think they're lying. She thought that if she didn't believe them, it was like she's losing faith in humanity just because of her past experiences with Alexa. Major facepalm moment, everyone.I don't think I've ever struggled this hard to finish a book, and if not for the fact that I've already DNF-ed a few books in the past weeks, I wouldn't have bothered trying so hard with this one, anyway. But if you think you can handle a heavily dense main character, then I suggest you give Geek Girl a try, because despite all my rants above, it did entertain me with the smart dialogue and especially with that sweet ending.MY FAVORITE PART was Harriet's dad's pair of trousers and couple of gloves. So sweet.