I love to read. I have loved reading for as long as I remember, there are all sorts of photos of me as a little girl at various family gatherings, tucked away in a corner reading a book. Reading features in a lot of my best loved memories as well, the only thing I can remember about my Great Grandpa is that I once sat in his kitchen with him aged about 6 and read him my children's classics version of A Tale of Two Cities.
Some of my favourite books have been literary masterpieces (Pride and Prejudice), some have been cult classics (A Child Called It) and some have been slightly pretentious philosophical writings (The Stranger).
When I was a teenager though, I preferred flicking through girly, easy to read and laugh out loud funny offerings like The Princess Diaries, All American Girl and especially the Angus, Thongs and Full Frontal Snogging series. These books were the kind that you devoured in one sitting before passing on to your friends and just because they made you accidentally snort with laughter on the bus and were slightly immature in places didn't mean that you weren't completely emotionally invested in them-I remember being so desperate for Georgia to end up with Dave the Laugh that I read the last chapter of the last book first so that I could see what happened.
Geek Girl by Holly Smale is one hundred percent going to be up there with anything written by Meg Cabot when it gets released on the 28th February. The lovely Abby at Harper Collins offered to send me the manuscript version of the book so I could read it before it comes out and I raced through all of it in about two hours. The characters are easy to relate to and (mostly) likeable, there's a strong theme of staying true to yourself running through it and even though some of the situations that occur are pretty unlikely, there's enough in it to remind you of your own school days that you'll end up feeling a little bit nostalgic. It's Young Adult fiction so really aimed at 11-17 year old girls but I still found it sweet and funny and I know I would have loved it when I was younger as well.
"Geeky and somewhat shy, Holly spent the majority of her teenage years hiding in the changing room toilets at school, until she kind-of-by-accident got spotted by a top modelling agency at the Clothes Show. This hilarious and semi-autobiographical account of life as an unlikely teenage model champions a reluctant heroine tangled in the dramas of adolescence as she navigates the glamorous yet pressurised world of modelling. Can she make it from geek to chic before she ruins everything?"
In keeping with the plot of a normal teenage girl being offered an amazing opportunity as a model, the Geek Girl Facebook page is currently running a competition for people to upload a picture of themselves with the chance to be Geek Girl's next cover star. I've indulged my inner hipster and uploaded a photo of myself wearing a pair of snazzy plastic glasses, why don't you do the same? In the meantime you can follow Holly on Twitter and if you like reading as much as me, please do give Geek Girl a whirl when it comes out!