I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.All That Glitters by Holly Smale
Published by Harper Collins Publ. UK on August 27th 2015
"My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek."
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...
Review: The Geek Girl novels are such a fun YA series and Harriet is a great main character so I was looking forward to All That Glitters.
Harriet’s finally a sixth former, however her best friend Nat is at college and Harriet feels they’re drifting, plus Toby’s nowhere to be found. Is sixth form really going to be any different?
I don’t want to spoil the plot details too much but this Geek Girl book really examined the school experience well, as a lot of the other Geek Girl books have involved going to another country this one has a more relatable setting for a lot of its audience.
It’s hard to read parts of Harriet’s school scenes, especially as her classmates don’t exactly treat her well at the start, however as uncomfortable as this may be it’s also a reality for a lot of people. I disliked the shallowness and superficial aspects of that world, but I also recognised that is how it sadly can be.
Smale writes Harriet very well. She’s relatable and likeable and you just root her and want her to be happy, even when at times you want to point her in the right direction yourself or stop her from making a potentially bad call. While I could see a lot of the plot points ahead and how things would end up, it didn’t detract from the book overall and also answered a few questions I had about Harriet’s peers from earlier books. Again, I don’t want to spoil too much.
Enjoyable and relatable, this may be one of the stronger books for me in the Geek Girl series and I look forward to seeing where Harriet ends up next.