Geek Girl: Forever Geek by Holly Smale

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Hi, I’m Dannie and I’m a self-confessed Geek Girl fangirl. I believe we have met before?  When it comes to a new Geek Girl book,  I usually count down the days to the publication date.  However, it would seem that denial isn’t just a river in Egypt when it comes to the 6th book in the series; Geek Girl: Forever Geek by Holly Smale.

Geek Girl: Forever Geek by Holly Smale

Publication Date: 09 March 2017
Publisher: Harper Collins Childrens

My name is Harriet Manners and I’ll be a geek forever…

Harriet Manners knows almost every fact there is.

Modelling isn’t a sure-fire route to popularity. Neither is making endless lists. The people you love don’t expect you to transform into someone else. Statistically, you are more likely to not meet your Australian ex-boyfriend in Australia than bump into him there.

So on the trip of a lifetime Down Under Harriet’s to-do lists are gone and it’s Nat’s time to shine! Yet with nearly-not-quite-boyfriend Jasper back home, Harriet’s completely unprepared to see supermodel ex Nick. Is the fashion world about to turn ugly for GEEK GIRL?

It’s time for Harriet to face the future. Time to work out where her heart lies. To learn how to let go…

As previously explained, I was a bit late to the Geek Girl party. I began the series around the time the third book was published, just over two years ago now.   From the first book, I was hooked.  I remember devouring the first 3 books in two days, and I began to follow the series ever since.   I was delighted, and sad in equal measure to read the final Geek Girl book a few weeks before official publication. *becomes emotional*

Forever Geek is the sixth book in the Geek Girl series.   For those of you who are not familiar with the Geek Girl series, it follows a young girl called Harriet.  After being “spotted” by a modelling scout during a school trip, Harriet is thrown into the unapologetic, cut-throat world of modelling.  A self-confessed “geek” who prepares PowerPoint presentations to win parental arguments, and has a fact for pretty much every situation and scenario in life, Harriet is far from what a model is usually like.  Each book in the series features a different location, and over the course of the series we have accompanied Harriet to Russia, Tokyo, America, Morocco, Paris and India.  

We may be going Down Under, but I’m on top of the world.

In Forever Geek Harriet is heading Down Under, accompanied by her best friend Nat, and her kooky grandmother Bunty.  She may be there on official modelling business,  but she is sure she will be able to squeeze in some fun with Nat.  She’s even got a rainbow-highlighted folder with “HARRIET’S TOP SECRET EPIC AUSTRALIAN FORTNIGHT OF FUN “DOWN UNDER” PLAN” written across it in big purple and pink letters.  Whilst yes, it is statistically likely that she will not run into her supermodel ex boyfriend whilst she is there, Harriet can’t quite get Nick out of her mind…

First things first – I will admit that I am finding it genuinely difficult to talk about Geek Girl: Forever Geek in detail, considering it is the FINAL book in the series.  I would hate to spoil the series for those who haven’t started the series, or those who may be halfway.  I will say this however:

TO THE PERSON ON GOODREADS WHO SPOILED FOREVER GEEK FOR ME IN ONE SENTENCE – I HOPE YOU STEP ON LEGO FOR FIVE YEARS.

Seriously, y tho?

If you do decide to begin the series, or have started it already, then a) be my friend, and b) prepare yourself for an emotional rollercoaster.  In true Geek Girl style, Forever Geek dishes out the life lessons, with a splash of humour, a dash of friendship and a lorra lorra love.  I’m not ashamed to tell you all that I actually cried at a certain part of Forever Geek.  Yeah I’m 24 next month, and what?

Moving on to characters, and in Forever Geek it’s Nat’s time to shine.  Harriet and Nat have such a genuine and realistic friendship; it’s lovely to see the final book have more of a focus on that.  It also gives us opportunity for some classic Natalie Grey one liners.   We are also reunited with some of the other characters from the series, but in the interest in keeping things spoiler free I won’t say who… *mysterious face*

There are 24,000 native plants in Australia, and I intend to learn about as many as I can, as fast as physically possible.  Especially the ten percent that make cyanide.  It’s a really good idea to improve your knowledge of botany in an environment where trees and shrubs can literally poison you.

I know I am repeating myself here, but damn, the tone and style of Geek Girl is unbelievably consistent.  As I re-read all of the books before starting Forever Geek, I can confidently say that it never falters throughout the series.  Even though we have seen Harriet mature and develop over the series, she still has an unique and memorable voice that makes her such a distinctive character.  I’m happy to say that in Forever Geek, Harriet continues to use a fact to relate to how she is feeling at the time – and it’s always a new fact.

One of my favourite things about Geek Girl is the subtle feminist messageHarriet is a “geek” but it doesn’t bother her.   In fact, it is her favourite thing about herself.  It is what her friends, her family and boys like about her too.  Even when Harriet became a model, she didn’t let this change her.  One memorable scene from the series is when she is trying to revise for a Physics exam during a photo shoot.  I love the fact that young girls (and even boys) will be getting this message and embracing their academic side, rather than “dumbing themselves down” to “be cool”.  I know I am repeating myself yet again, but I genuinely wish that I could have had the Geek Girl series when I was a young girl.   I would have loved to read about a girl who was similar to me at that age, and given me the confidence to embrace who I was, rather than encourage me to change like some other “teenage” books did.

It will be no surprise to any of you that I awarded Geek Girl: Forever Geek 5/5 on GoodReads.   Forever Geek is the perfect ending to one of my favourite series of books.  I re-read all 5 Geek Girl books prior to starting Forever Geek, and I loved them just as much as I did the first time I read them. Whilst I am happy with the way the series ended, I’m still sad about saying goodbye to Harriet, Nat, Toby, Nick, Richard, Annabel and my beloved Wilbur.  Perhaps we could have a spin off following the adventures of Wilbur and his modelling agency…? *praying hands emoji*

Dannie x

A copy of Geek Girl: Forever Geek by Holly Smale was provided in exchange for honest review.  No further compensation received.

March 9, 2017
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