Book Review: Geek Girl 4: All That Glitters by Holly Smale

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“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek.” The fourth book in the award-winning GEEK GIRL series. Harriet Manners has high hopes for the new school year: she’s a Sixth Former now, and things are going to be different. But with Nat busy falling in love at college and Toby preoccupied with a Top Secret project, Harriet soon discovers that’s not necessarily a good thing…

What I Thought:

I’ve been a little so-so with the Geek Girl books, the first one didn’t immediately grab me, but I thought books 2 and 3 were better; the hard work of establishing the characters had been done in book one, then they were given free reign in 2 and 3 and the books were the better for it. I would put book 4 (All That Glitters) firmly in the same bracket as book one – well-written, funny in parts, but not wholly thrilling, sadly.

By this point in the series, although some of Harriet’s antics still have a certain charm, there are points at which you wonder whether someone – of any age – could actually be quite so clueless. Maybe this is a symptom of the series being for a slightly (ahem) younger audience. Maybe Harriet would be more believeable to someone closer to her age? I don’t know, but this criticism is certainly not levelled at the writing, which is at some points laugh-out-loud funny.

I imagine I will read any further books as I’m invested at this point, but books 2 and 3 are firmly at the head of the list for me.

eCopy received from Netgalley.

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