I have some wonderful students and some of them have very kindly agreed to write me some reviews of
books they've read recently. I thought it would be interesting to feature some reviews from the actual intended audience of some of the young adult books that I read and review. First up is the charming and funny Geek Girl by Holly Smale, which I reviewed here.
From here on, the words are all by Frances who is in Year 8:
When her best friend Nat invites her to the Clothes Show, one disastrous thing leads to another and Harriet ends up being scouted by a top modelling agency. They is when you start to feel sympathy for both characters because it's Nat's dream to be a model and Harriet's pursuing it - Harriet has stolen her best friend's dream by accident.
If you life was terrible and you got the opportunity to change it, would you? Harriet would. Harriet and her risk-taking Dad are whisked off to Moscow (by the nickname-giving Wilbur), and there it begins - Harriet's "New Life". However, when she gets back to England she is greeted by her bully Alexa threatening her, Annabel, her step-mum seems to have left, and Nat apparently hates her guts. Everything seems to be ruined, but Harriet luckily uses her intelligence to make some sense of it all.
I really loved reading Geek Girl as it was something I could really get into and Holly Smale's writing makes you really feel for the characters in every situation. Harriet was a really well written character (like all of them) and she was a heroine that I could root for and that was just one of the things that made it such a good book! Geek Girl was easy to read but still had a good, interesting story to it and it is one of my favourite books!