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As an avid fiction reader whilst I'm not online or busying myself with a game, drama, new album or five, I was most excited when the lovely Abby at HarperCollins asked if I'd like to preview the manuscript of a new tome by Holly Smale. Entitled Geek Girl, the novel is part-reality and part-fiction, documenting the trials and tribulations of, well, a geekish girl. Enter me…

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From geek to chic… Geek Girl by Holly Smale.

First off, can I just record my sheer excitement at having received a manuscript of a book to read?! It makes me think of Miranda Priestley's twins in The Devil Wears Prada, and I feel so privileged to have been able to read up on Harriet's musings before the general public got a chance. Here's my rundown of what's a'happening within the pages.

Harriet Manners is a self-confessed Geek Girl. From the way she holds herself, to the way she interacts with others, she knows that something different is afoot in her world and she's here to share the journey with a pre-teen to teenage audience. (Let's skip the messy details of me being 22 here…) It's a very easy read, and whilst I'm not the target reader, I genuinely did laugh out loud at many of Harriet's anecdotes and I'd probably tip this into the comfort read category. I loved reading similarly targeted reads when I was back at school, and can imagine this being popular amongst little sisters. Albeit not mine who is currently studying The Great Gatsby and summarised it with the phrase, 'yolo'…

Holly Smale's witty interpretation of teenage life, taken from her own experiences and thrown in with a pinch of salt, makes for a light and refreshing read. It'd make a great gift for sisters, cousins, nieces, etc. and I could relate to more a couple of the cheek-flushing accounts in there! Ah to be young, free, naive and geekish. 

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    1. It's quite a fun, light read! Might be nice for a holiday. x

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    1. Ah you're welcome Victoria, was pleasantly surprised by this one!

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  3. Oh wow how cool that you got to read a manuscript! Love the cover and it does sound like a good book!
    xxx
    Nina from little nomad

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    1. Oh gosh Nina, I was completely geeking out (for lack of a better phrase!), felt so good to read a manuscript! x

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  4. I want to read it :D the cover is amazing!
    I love the pins!

    Alessandra
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    1. I'd definitely recommend giving it a try, it was quite good for YA literature! x

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  5. You're so lucky to receive a manuscript!
    The photo on the cover is awesome!

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  6. Ahahaa, Great Gatsby=YOLO. pure brilliance.

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    1. Little sisters, eh?! Completely ruining one of my fave books! x

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  7. you lucky thing getting an early copy!! It sounds so good x

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    1. It was a surprisingly good read considering I'm not the target reader at all! (:

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  8. Am really intrigued by this, would love to see it fully published and the manuscript cover is just gorgeous! And hey I'm a self confessed lover of YA-literature, nothing wrong with reading into the younger target audience books ^_^
    Really enjoyed this post from you, maybe think of winging me or Erin a review for Blogger's Bookshelf ;P xoxo

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    1. Haha, I'm a terrible stickler for YA literature, so easy to pop in your bag for a lighter read. N'wah thanks lovely, would definitely consider reviewing some books for Blogger's Bookshelf actually! xx

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  9. We'd definitely love to have you guest for us at BB some time Michelle :) x

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