Discover the REAL review of the ‘Geek Girl’ Series by Holly Smale Books 1 and 4 ( All that glitters)

Full Review of the Geek Girl series.


Good morning, ladies and gents, I’ve been given the opportunity of reviewing two books for you and that I shall do.So first I’m going to give a brief description of the book, then my opinion of it including; likes and dislikes, target age group, quality of writing, quality of design.

Geek Girl: Book one.

Description:
This book is focused on the life of a young girl (Harriet) who is perceived to be a ‘geek’ she has spent her childhood recounting facts and the most random and awkward occasions, the book gives you a bond with this young girl who is then whisked away into the world of modelling whilst juggling her school life. The girl is self-doubting an
d at times a little confused as to why she is now seen as ‘model material’ beautiful? She thinks not. We soon find out that Nick, a love interest, is trying his best for a budding romance and they quickly fall into a teen-romance.

My opinion of the book is that whilst it’s full of witty commentary and day-in-the-life of a teen humour, it also feels stuck in place. Its a book that is easy to read-but you don’t feel progression, yes Harriet’s life is changing and she’s becoming a model and having a love interest, but her character isn’t growing.She constantly doubts her self and tells her self she’s ugly, even after being picked up as a model, She still has awkward moments of spurting out random facts to people and doesn’t conquer anything. Towards the end of the book I had hoped her whirl wind life would encourage growth in her but it didn’t, she stayed the same as when the book started.
It’s like a really long joke with no punch line I guess.

Geek Girl: All that glitters. Book two.

From the get go, the book felt homely and brought the reader back to Harriet’s world. As I’ve not read the 2nd and 3rd books I was worried I’d be missing something, but there are subtle hints throughout the book explaining what has happened. This promotes the thought that even a newbie to the Geek Girl series can still pick up and enjoy the Glitz and Glamour of Harriet and her interesting story.

Harriet is just starting in a sixth form, back in England, she’s broken up with Nick and she’s not involved with her modelling agent, keeping a calm and quiet life. It feels very true to life and she hopes she can start a whole new life without forgetting what she’s been through, she starts her studies and the book revolves around her school life, with modelling as a ‘back story’ for her. Throughout the book it does bring up the idea that modelling has had an effect on her, opened a few doors, brought in some confidence and it has some consequences.

I honestly felt like she had upped her game with this book, the writing was more eloquent, It was a bigger book, so children can feel ‘grown up’ with the amount they are reading, children love to be challenged. So ‘all that glitters’ is definitely a better book than the first, she’s put some real attention on the content and it hooked me from early on and it tied up some loose ends.

In conclusion: 

The book is exactly what it says on the tin ” Witty teen comedy” It’s funny, it’s an easy to read book, and its for teenagers.I’d recommend it for my school to buy a few copies and I’d buy it as a gift for some of my younger family members. 

The books age group is perfect, recommended for 8-20-year-old’s, Even older age groups have something to learn from this book, her naive character gives young girls a realistic character to look up to, so you think you’re not beautiful, you could be a model and have success, whilst that doesn’t sound realistic, it’s a true story (almost) and I think that is something in itself.

The writing is very basic, as though Geek Girl had written it herself (She did), so it feels like a teenager has written it, it feels like a sponge cake enjoyable, but it’s missing something.Again, this is from an adult’s perspective, which means children can pick up this book and engage quickly, the font is larger than an adults book, so children get the size of an adult book but with fewer words, it leaves them feeling accomplished.
No big words, no excessive descriptions that go on for pages, leaving the reader wondering what happened to the fast paced conversation they were just having? It’s all very easy to read, which is perfect for teen’s and children.

The design, beautiful. The colours are engaging, the fonts and layouts are bright and colourful, easy to read and look mature.

Age ratings
For 8-13-year-olds    For 14-20-year-olds       For 20+
8/10                          7/10                               6/10

If, after all, that reviewing you still have energy, click HERE to find the Amazon page for the books, they’re well worth the read mi’dears.

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