Geek Girl by Holly Smale is out on 28th February, published by HarperCollins Children's Books, £6.99 (PB). Also available in e-book formats.
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Holly Smale’s Top 5 Geek Girls
Lisa is the archetypal Girl Geek: a knowledge-devouring, friendless smarty-pants. Both arrogant and simultaneously insecure, desperate to stand out and hungry to fit in, logical but prone to moments of childish hysteria, Lisa is (in my opinion) the best cartoon Geek Girl ever created. She can be self-righteous, demanding and priggish, but her moments of vulnerability - the desperate and failed attempts to make friends, the sudden clarity with which she sometimes sees herself - make Lisa feel incredibly real, and it’s impossible not to love her.
Possibly the most famous Geek Girl of all time, a lot of people believe Hermione Granger has single-handedly changed the attitude of children towards geeks forever. Initially an unpopular, frizzy haired “swot”, Hermione eventually blossoms into the character who arguably saves Hogwarts: Harry wouldn’t have managed it through the first book without her apparently unlimited knowledge of spells, intelligence and calm rationality. As Rowling has since pointed out, she’s also endearingly prone to sounding like a bit of a “know-it-all” now and then, as all the best geeks do.
Amy in The Big Bang Theory is smart, complicated, funny and a true geek icon. She manages to combine the fierce, dry, rational intellect of a doctor in neurobiology with the overexcited hyperactivity of a little girl finally making friends for the first time in her life. Socially awkward, arrogant but simultaneously desperate to fit in - again, the magic geek combo - the scene where Amy puts on a tiara and almost explodes with happiness encapsulates perfectly the little bit in every geek that secretly aches to be ‘cool’. My funniest Geek Girl, hands down.
Roald Dahl’s brilliant child genius is the youngest Geek Girl in fiction: speaking fluently at one and a half years old and reading Dickens by four. She can do huge sums in her head, loves school and has a knack for excellent one-liners and making adults look stupid.Matilda is the ultimate Geek Triumph novel. Her bullies may be adults and teachers rather than her peers, but when six year old Matilda uses her magic powers to get rid of her parents and Trunchbull, the end message is the same: Geeks Rule.
Anne of Green Gables is more than a hundred years old now, and she’s my original Geek Girl: from the imaginary friends she played with as a child to her obsessive love of books; from acting out Tennyson poetry to her elaborate vocabulary; from her refusal to behave like other girls to her inability to quite judge the reactions of other people. What Anne lacks in geeky shyness she makes up in passion, originality, awkwardness and a consistent failure to fit in anywhere. When she triumphs and wins the heart of local hotty Gilbert, it’s a win for lonely girls with overactive imaginations everywhere. Anne’s also my favourite geek of all time.
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