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Today I have a special post because Lucy from Queen of Contemporary is currently celebrating her one year blogaversary and requested that fellow book bloggers take part in her meme "Embracing my Inner Geek". I just finished reading Geek Girl by Holly Smale and reading it I had my own geeky metamorphose, so I thought I could combine a review as well as Embracing my Inner Geek.
But the other characters were great too and I loved that Harriet's father and step-mother were involved in this story. Her parents were loveable because they were both supportive and funny and I love that Annabel (Harriet's stepmom) was not evil and how the two got on really well. There were also other characters that featured in this book like Toby (her stalker) and Nat (her best friend) who were likeable but real. There was even a bit of a romance that certainly didn't take away from the plot and didn't actually feature that much. But was still fun to read.
As I mentioned above, I really went on a little geeky metamorphose. I've always been a Geek but this book really fuelled that geek activism and pride. Being a Geek is not a bad thing at all.
Geek definition in "Geek Girl" by Holly Smale
One of the important things I learned whilst reading 'Geek Girl' is how being a Geek is not something to be ashamed of. I know that's hard to believe if you are continuously thrown names because you like reading, getting good grades or if you wear glasses. Names like loser, weird, odd or strange, and I'm sure we've all be called by at least one of those names. But these names are a better judgement of the person that is mean enough to throw labels on people who are different. Being a "Geek" is a form of self-expression, not something to be looked down upon. Geeks are stereotyped as the weak, unsocial lower class in which many movies are bullied by the stereotypical popular kid.
However that is wrong, I personally don't get why liking something like reading suddenly categorises us as having those qualities. Well to be honest I don't get why people don't read, but still people should accept other people's interests wether they share them or not. It's stupid right? Holly Smale taught me that I should be proud of my hobbies and my interest in crazy facts and "Geek Girl" was a really inspiring novel. So hence the meme name, you should "Embrace your Inner Geek". If I had one of those Geek badges I would wear it would pride and I think you should too.
Geek Girl was a really funny book that I couldn't put down. It was inspirational and a wonderful debut for author Holly Smale (really talented). From the cool geeky cover to the great characters, this was a book I could not fault. It's one of my favourite novels and it was one that made my geeky-self really happy, so go out and read it the first chance you get.