Monday, 21 September 2015

Review: All That Glitters by Holly Smale

All That Glitters (Geek Girl #4) by Holly Smale
Publisher: HarperCollin's Children's Books
Released: February 26th 2015
My Rating: 3.75 stars out of 5
Find it on Goodreads/Amazon

"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... (from Goodreads)

All That Glitters was another enjoyable addition to the Geek Girl series and I’m looking forward to picking up book five! I do have to admit this book was probably my least favourite so far - but it was still fun and definitely worth the read.

Harriet was the same old Harriet, but this time I felt like her naivety went a bit too far. Some parts of this book just seemed unrealistic in how dense Harriet was being - I don’t think anyone could actually be that oblivious! This happened on several occasions - to give one example, how could she think “stars” meant the actual stars? It was clear by the the context and the questions people were asking that that wasn’t what they were talking about but somehow Harriet managed to block out common sense. I felt sorry for her at times, but I also felt like it was a bit ridiculous that someone could be this naive. But I did get it, and I understood how she felt, and how much she wanted to start fresh at this new school - making friends is very difficult when you’re an awkward person (don’t I know it!) and Harriet couldn’t help her awkwardness. Even though sometimes she was a bit self-absorbed (while Jasper at the start of this book was way too rude and being overly mean, he was actually partially right), Harriet was a very caring person and she stuck to her values, even if it was hard sometimes. She also saw the best in people (even when she really, obviously shouldn’t have), so it was clear she was a nice person who was just not very good at talking to new people. I just wish she would face reality a bit more, sometimes.

I think Nat and Toby’s plan in this book was a bit dumb, and they clearly didn’t think it through, but they were at least trying to help. I’ve always liked Nat, she stuck by Harriet and always defended her. Toby…well Toby was Toby. A bit strange, but ultimately, you can’t help but end up curious about him. I actually wish these two were in the book a bit more, but oh well. And Nick! Oh Nick. He wasn’t in this book, besides in letters and flashbacks. I did miss him a lot. I don’t know if he’ll turn up in the next book (I hope so!) and now with Jasper thrown into the mix (who I do also like), who knows what’s going to happen.

Plot-wise, a lot of this book depended on Harriet misunderstanding things when there was little to actually misunderstand, so I can’t say I loved those parts. But there were loads of things I did really enjoy - the modelling stuff especially! When Harriet Manners was mistaken for Hannah Manners and she ended up on that shoot doing a ton of weird stuff - oh, it was hilarious! I loved finding out more about modelling, and I was glad to know that Harriet had missed it. I don’t think she’ll be modelling for life, but I think Harriet does enjoy modelling, no matter what she says, and I hope she gets to enjoy it while she can!

Overall, All That Glitters was a good read, and I’m really excited to find out what will happen to Harriet next! Series recommended to contemp fans looking for something a bit different.


  1. I didn't realize there were so many books in this series! I need to check them out....

    Kate @ Ex Libris

    1. I think only book one is available in the US so far, but I definitely recommend checking them all out when you can!

  2. I've only finished the first one, which was enjoyable. I didn't think there were already so many books out in this series, though!

    Nice review!

    1. I don't think the sequels are available outside of the UK yet! Hopefully they will be soon - book five is being released over here in Feb I think, so there'll be quite a few to catch up on.

  3. I haven't heard of this series. They look cute but I'm not sure I could handle a MC that's that ridiculous. Love the cover!

    1. She was particularly ridiculous in this book, but not so much in the others! I love the cover too - the covers in this series are all really cool!

  4. I think I've heard of the first book, but I didn't realize it was a series. Sorry it wasn't your favorite of the bunch - Harriet does sound quite naive at times. At any rate, it's always nice to hear there are things to enjoy!


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