Book Review: Forever Geek by Holly Smale

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…

What I Thought:
What a sad day – after reading all of Harriet’s adventures, I found myself reading her very last! In Forever Geek, the bubbly and enthusiastic Harriet – who sometimes makes the smallest of errors in social situations – is again travelling the world, trying to offer her own unique brand of help to her friends and family. Needless to say, things don’t always go to plan!

As finales go, Forever Geek is a fitting ending to a series which has been hugely fun to read, but that has also tried to convey the message that even though we’ve all got our quirks, with family and friends rallying around, nothing is as bad as it seems. There is also love, heartbreak and Harriet’s globe-trotting modelling mishaps, which do lead to some laugh-out-loud moments.

Without spoiling the book, there is in this book a real sense of Harriet growing up and dealing with some very adult situations and emotions within her family and in her relationships, and that is indicative of the series as a whole – Harriet was an immature young girl when we first met her, but as we leave her, she’s on the brink of spreading her wings and experiencing new things on her own – a real lesson for girls of her age reading this book!

Although it is a sad farewell to Harriet, this is a series that is always a joy to dip into and re-read which, I suppose, is the mark of a great set of novels!

Forever Geek (and the rest of the series) is published by Harper Collins.

Please note: I read a review copy of this book via Netgalley but all opinions are, as ever, my own.

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