Geek Girl: All That Glitters by Holly Smale

The Geek Girl books by Holly Smale are ones that I may not have picked up had I not got the first one to review.  But it’s a series I adore and I’m so glad I did.

allthatglittersAll That Glitters is the 4th book in the series (plus there is a short book for World Book Day called Geek Drama) and I received a review ecopy of this. I’ll probably buy myself a physical copy for my shelf as soon as my book buying ban is over.  I think the Geek Girl books are the only ones I have had review ecopies of and gone on to buy physical copies of. In part because I love the feel of a physical book and as much as I love my Kindle Paperwhite (it’s still shiny and relatively new and I love it lots) a real book can’t beat it.  But also so I can foist them on to people – like my sister – and make them read it.

“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…

Some book series got an old, tired feeling as more novels are released.  This is most definitely not one of them.  It’s as brilliant now as it was in book 1.

Harriet Manners is one of my absolute favourite fictional characters. I wasn’t a geek growing up in the way she is a geek but a lot of her experiences at school felt familiar to me even if they didn’t happen to me like that.

As a writer Holly Smale has a real talent for making you feel for her characters and believe they’re real. At one point I almost wanted to give Harriet a hug and tell her to stop before she got hurt because I had guessed what was coming.

When  my mum arrived this morning to do her usual Tuesday morning help with cleaning my flat I had very few page left of this – probably ten minutes worth of reading – I was torn between wanting her to go away so I could finish it and find out what happened and glad because it meant I could put it aside and delay finishing it. I really didn’t want it to end. When I did pick it up again I wished I had more left.  My only complaint about this book is I wish it was longer!

The Geek Girl books are perfect for a teen wanting a read they can relate to and a book for those tricky growing up years without being too adult.  They’re also great for a no longer a teen (like 33 year old me) wanting a feel good fun read that’s really enjoyable.



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