Geek Girl

Geek Girl

'My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek."

When self-confessed geek and klutz Harriet Manners 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.

This hilarious and semi-autobiographical account of life as an unlikely teenage model champions a reluctant heroine tangled in the dramas of adolescence as she navigates the glamorous yet pressurised world of modelling. Can she make it from geek to chic before she ruins everything?

Ages 12+

Holly Smale is a debut author. Clumsy, a bit geeky and somewhat shy, she spent the majority of her teenage years hiding in the changing room toilets at school, scraping abuse off her belongings.

After she was unexpectedly spotted by a top London modelling agency at the age of fifteen, nothing changed at all: she spent the following two years falling over on catwalks, going bright red and breaking things she couldn't afford to replace. By the time Holly had graduated from Bristol University with a BA in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare she had given up modelling and set herself on the path to becoming a writer.

She nearly found herself getting her writing done on a deserted tropical island, as in 2009 she was one of the finalists from over 70,000 entries for the 'Best Job in the World" as a caretaker on an Australian paradise island. The rights to her book were snapped up in a hotly contested auction between five publishers.

Her hugely successful blog -The Write Girl' had readers in over 24 countries, and Geek Girl is already lined up to be translated into 8 languages, making her a worldwide phenomenon before the book is even published. Now a fully fledged author, Holly is currently writing the sequel to Geek Girl.

Find out more on or follow Holly on twitter @HolSmale
Geek Girl

HarperCollins Australia
Author: Holly Smale
ISBN: 9780007489442
Price: $14.99


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