Forever Geek (Geek Girl #6) by Holly Smale
Format: ARC e-book
Series: All That Glitters (#4) | Head Over Heels (#5)
Note: We received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This is it. We’ve been waiting for a whole year, and it’s finally time to finish our beloved Geek Girl series. To say that we were overjoyed to receive this is an understatement. Geek Girl is one of the books that we’re always recommending, and the fact that we’ve re-read the whole series (some of the books multiple times) proves its staying power as one of our favourite series of all time. Forever Geek had a lot of hype to live up to and a lot of expectations to fulfil and both things we think Holly Smale did perfectly. We dare you to find a Harriet fan who isn’t going to be satisfied by all that unfolds in this final book! So, on to the review!
We knew from the end of Head Over Heels that Harriet was heading out to Australia, part of one of the only continents she was yet to visit. What made the trip so special is that, this time, she was going with her very Best Friend, Nat! It was so lovely to see the two together for such a long time, because their friendship (and unexpected common interest in fashion) is what started the series to begin with.
There’s modelling, a whacking photo shoot, and the Show to End All Shows, with favourite Fleur, and not so favourite Shola and Rose returning with Harriet to the catwalk. There’s facts, lots of them, a road trip, hilarious moments from Annabel and Richard, the return of Toby and Rin’s relationship, which is as strong as ever, and the endearing Bunty acting as chaperone. All the things you’d expect to find in a Geek Girl story, you’ve got here.
This time, there’s a little hint of sadness closing in on Harriet, and that was a new emotion for us readers. During the re-read, we’ve been generally overjoyed with everything that’s happened, but this time the emotional depth of the story is strong. Seriously, we read this whole book on a train, and were crying in public for the last 40 pages, and not just because it’s the end of an era. This is what makes Forever Geek worthy of five stars, because it unlocked that next level emotion I really wasn’t expecting from a series we know we can turn to for belly-laughs.
What we really loved about Forever Girl was that there were so many opportunities for Harriet to regress, and instead, she grew. She and Nat have a few fights over the management of her social media, but disasters are always nipped in the bud before they can become full blown catastrophes.
It wouldn’t be a Geek Girl book is Harriet didn’t pretend to be someone she wasn’t, be in Queen Elizabeth I or The Perfect Model, but this time, her facts and insanely cool dance moves (read: adorably lame dance moves) work in her favour.
What we loved the most about this, though, was how it felt like every character had come full circle. Toby was still a polar bear in a rainforest, but this time he had an extremely kawaii girlfriend who loves any kind of bear. Nick was still Harriet’s biggest fan (in a completely cool, slightly aloof, endearing way). Nat knew exactly what she was getting into with Harriet’s modelling past. It feels so great to have read nine books about Harriet and co., and to feel so fulfilled and satisfied by their journeys throughout is quite a feat.
Australia, as all fans will know, is also where Nick, Harriet’s main love interest, is from. After the events of Picture Perfect, Nick and Harriet were no longer together, and in Head Over Heels, Harriet got a new potential love interest, Jasper. The question on everyone’s lips was whether Harriet had really got over her feelings for Nick, and whether the perfect couple would get back together.
Now, we promise not to spoil anything, but the romantic decisions that Harriet makes are all properly justified by her previous actions and current feelings. We think that the way Harriet deals with other people is one of the ways she’s matured the most throughout the series, and in Forever Geek, she shows real empathy for those she loves. One of the most iconic moments in the series was the Mount Fuji shoot, where Nick and Harriet are In. Love. and it was lovely to see echoes of that moment play out here.
Also important to note that Nick doesn’t actually pop up in the book until 40%, giving Harriet and Nat sufficient best-friend time. Much appreciated.
So, yes, how could Forever Geek get less than 5 stars from Harriet’s biggest fans? It’s not just our deep affection for Harriet that gives the final book this little constellation, but because the finale was everything we hoped it would be and more. We just hope that this isn’t the last we ever see of Harriet! If you haven’t read this series, then it’s there’s a hole in your life that needs to be filled with interesting facts and modelling adventures.
2 thoughts on “Review: Forever Geek by Holly Smale”
Awesome review! I have always loved this series, although I am a couple of books behind, but even I after reading this, am already sad to read the finale! AHHHH WHY? Haha!
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.”