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Forever Geek
Young Adult

Forever Geek

Forever Geek is the final book in Holly Smale’s Geek Girl series and therefore this review may contain spoilers for the previous books.

Harriet’s off to Australia and it’s got absolutely nothing to do with Lion Boy. He is out there, but so are millions of other people, what’s the chance of them being in the same place at the same time? Plus, she’s promised Wilbur she’ll do some work whilst she’s out there, that’s the point really. With Nat and Bunty at her side, what can go wrong?

Apparently in Japan you can rent new friends: maybe I should look at how much pocket money I have.

No more Harriet? Waaah! There was a point in the series that I felt it was getting all too samey, and I wondered where it would go, but Holly turned it around. It’s probably the right time to end her journey but I’ll miss her.

As well as having a fantastic and much-deserved holiday with her best friend Nat, Harriet must also work out what she wants in life. Is it modelling and a jet-set career? Has she learned that fashion is more than just clothes? Is Jasper her boyfriend?

I’m slowly beginning to realise how ironic it is that I’m so good at learning lessons inside school, and so terrible at learning any outside it.

Harriet has learned some lessons along the way, even if she doesn’t get it all right all the time. Her heart is in the right place and at least she’s trying to think of others. There’s a typical misunderstanding that I think most readers will see coming but overall a really enjoyable, and immensely sad in one place, ending to a much-loved series.

“I…” Didn’t listen to experts, assumed I knew better, refused to wait, made my own plans, forced myself into a situation I didn’t belong in and created total havoc. “I did a Harriet.”

Forever Geek is published by HarperCollins and will be available in hardback and ebook editions from 9th March. Thanks go to the publisher for providing a copy for review.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book free of charge for review purposes only. Receipt of a book does not guarantee a review or endorsement. My reviews are my honest opinion and are not biased for the purpose of personal gain.

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  1. Katie Edwards

    Aw you got an advance copy! I'm a bit jealous. I'm looking forward to this – but also slightly dreading it. I've got rather attached to Harriet and don't want her story to end.

    1. Ellie

      I would kind of like to revisit Harriet a few years down the line in her new life…

  2. Anonymous

    Someone tell me what happens at the end I'm dying for a spoiler, I wish this series never ended also soo jealous you got a free copy.

    1. Unknown

      Me too I just found out there is a 6th book and There was only one shop that sold Geek girl series in original language(There is sill no translation in my language) in my town which is now out of the books and I can't find anywhere else.So i'm dying too.I hope the ending is okay…

  3. Queen_ScarletRose

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading the final instalment. It made me cry both tears of joy and tears of laughter but it also made me mad.
    I love Harriet Manners. I love her just as much as I love myself: to infinity. i love her strengths but i also love her weaknesses. i love her geekiness and how much of a nerd she is, and not to mention a proud one at that. she really has evolved. tried her best to see life from different perspectives.
    I love Lion Boy. he is not just my book crush, he is the love of my life (well, that is, after me). he makes me smile. he makes me laugh. he is the sweetest boy i ever had the chance of meeting and i will never forget him. because 1) he holds a very special place in ny heart and 2) i read keep re-reading the series.
    i love her family Gosh, i wish mine could be like that. The UNCONDITIONAL love they have for each other is remarkable. I love her father, he is so silly. I love Annabel, she is a true badass. I love Tabitha, in all her adorableness.
    i love her friends. it went from JINTH to JRNTH (or maybe a possible FRJNTH). they say you never lose friends, you just find out who your true ones are. Sorry India! I mean, if you really knew Harriet and was her friend, you would have known that she is hard work (kinda like me). she is complicated but beautiful. Nick saw that and still wanted to be part of her life, regardless of how much she has put him through.
    I love Toby and Rin. Go Roby!
    I love Lion Boy so much that i could write an entire book of 365 pages (366, if it was a leap year) on why i choose to love him every day. He is the best boyfriend. i hope i have a boyfriend just like him. maybe, one who even looks like him! (God, are you listening?)
    Now, on to the thing that made me, mad. i didn't like that Bunty had cancer. i felt like she just threw it in to make us (readers) cry. why did Bunty have to die? anyway, regardless, she died and i didn't feel the strong emotions of loss, devastation, mourning and emptiness. i mean, couldn't Nick have waited longer to discuss his feelings with Harriet?! i mean the girl just lost a very important someone! sorry Nick. i love you but…just, no.
    plus, i wish Jason would have fought for Harriet in some way! you don't just nod at the guy who just took the girl you "claimed" to like.
    However, -to end on a good note – i loved how Harriet taught me so much. i loved how she loved every part of herself and accepted that she wasn't perfect but she was worth loving. that she is made of stardust and is a special part of the universe. she taught me to write my own story and i am going to do just that.
    "Someday, this girl is going to change the world."

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