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Holly Smale is a British bestselling and multi-award winning author of young adult fiction and children's fiction.

She is best known for writing the #1 bestselling and award winning series, Geek Girl.

Born in England, she holds a BA in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare from Bristol University.

Despite her success as an author, her road to publication was never easy, as she found herself doing teen-modeling, factory-work, PR, teaching in Japan and also had a dreadful spell as a waitress that she would rather not talk about.

Passionate about writing from the time she was four, where she created her own books using cereal boxes and sticky-tape, Holly fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a writer with Geek Girl (2013), the first book in the Geek Girl Series.

The book, which has sold millions of copies and is available in 30 languages, has also been adapted into a Netflix Series.

Besides fiction writing, Holly also frequently speaks and writes about neurodiversity, having been diagnosed as both autistic and dyspraxic.

She currently resides in Hove, England.

More about Holly Smale

Genres: Children's Book, Paranormal , Romance, Young Adult

Born: 1981

United Kingdom


Non Series

  • Cassandra in Reverse (2023)

Geek Girl

  1. Geek Girl (2013)
  2. Model Misfit (2013)
  3. Geek Drama: A Geek Girl Novella (2015)
  4. Picture Perfect (2014)
  5. All That Glitters (2015)
  6. Head Over Heels (2016)
  7. Forever Geek (2017)

Geek Girl Special

  1. All Wrapped Up (2015)
  2. Sunny Side Up (2016)


  1. Happy Girl Lucky (2019)
  2. Far From Perfect (2020)
  3. Love Me Not (2021)

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Cassandra in Reverse

If you had the power to change the past…where would you start?

Cassandra Penelope Dankworth is a creature of habit. She likes what she likes (museums, jumpsuits, her boyfriend, Will) and strongly dislikes what she doesn't (mess, change, her boss drinking out of her mug). Her life runs in a pleasing, predictable order…until now.

She's just been dumped.

She's just been fired.

Her local café has run out of banana muffins.

Then, something truly unexpected happens: Cassie discovers she can go back and change the past. One small rewind at a time, Cassie attempts to fix the life she accidentally obliterated, but soon she'll discover she's trying to fix all the wrong things.

NB: This book is also known as The Cassandra Complex.

Author: Holly Smale
First Release: 2023
ISBN: 978-1529195941
Publisher: Century

Geek Girl

Geek Girl

Harriet Manners knows a lot of things.

She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a "jiffy" lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn't quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she's spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend's dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.

As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn't seem to like her any more than the real world did.

And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

Geek Girl (Series)
Director: Declan O'Dwyer
Cast: Emily Carey, Tim Downie, Daisy Jelley, Liam Woodrum, Zac Looker, Rochelle Harrington
Author: Holly Smale
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0062333582
Publisher: HarperTeen
Model Misfit

You can make a geek a model, but you can't make her chic. More hilarity and high fashion await in the second book in the internationally bestselling Geek Girl series!

Harriet Manners is a model—but she feels even less popular and more awkward than she did when she was just a geek. So a summer modeling job in Japan sounds like the perfect vacation, even if she has to bring along her crazy grandma Bunty, and even if she might run into Nick, her gorgeous supermodel ex-boyfriend. No one is going to ruin Harriet's fabulous Tokyo adventure—unless she accidentally ruins it herself....

Author: Holly Smale
First Release: 2013
ISBN: 978-0062333612
Publisher: HarperTeen
Geek Drama: A Geek Girl Novella

“My name is Harriet Manners and I am a geek.”

Harriet Manners knows that the hottest observed place on earth is Furnace Creek in Death Valley. She knows that dolphins shed the top layer of their skin every two hours. And she knows just how badly auditions can go, especially when you’re a model. But she has no idea what to do when her arch-nemesis decides the school play is the perfect opportunity to humiliate her…

Can GEEK GIRL survive the bright lights of the stage?

Author: Holly Smale
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0008113476
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Picture Perfect

When Harriet’s dad gets a job in New York City, Harriet is beyond excited to move to the land of skyscrapers, museums, and taxicabs—especially since she’ll get to see her dreamy supermodel boyfriend, Nick. Except . . . when her parents said New York, they meant a tiny, boring town two hours from the city by train. Diving back into modeling should be just the right distraction. But can a geek girl stand out in the fashion capital of America?

Author: Holly Smale
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0062333643
Publisher: HarperTeen
All That Glitters

Harriet Manners knows many things.

She knows that toilet roll was invented by the Chinese in 600 AD.

She knows that a comet’s tail always points away from the sun.

And she knows that the average healthy heart beats 70 times per minute. Even when it’s broken.

But she knows nothing about making new friends at Sixth Form. Or why even her old friends seem to be avoiding her. And she knows even less about being a glittering supermodel success. Which she now is – apparently.

Has Harriet’s time to shine like a star finally arrived, or is she about to crash and burn?

Author: Holly Smale
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0007574612
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Head Over Heels

Harriet Manners knows almost every fact there is.

She knows duck-billed platypuses don’t have stomachs.

She knows that fourteen squirrels were once detained as spies.

She knows that both chess and snakes and ladders were invented in the same country.

And for once, Harriet knows exactly how her life should go. She’s got it ALL planned out. So her friends seem less than happy, Harriet is determined to Make Things Happen!

If only everyone else would stick to the script…

But is following the rules going to break hearts for GEEK GIRL?

Author: Holly Smale
First Release: 2016
Ebook: B013XUHUE2
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Forever Geek

Harriet Manners knows almost every fact there is.

Modelling isn’t a sure-fire route to popularity. Neither is making endless lists.

The people you love don’t expect you to transform into someone else.

Statistically you are more likely to not meet your Australian ex-boyfriend in Australia than bump into him there.

So on the trip of a lifetime Down Under Harriet’s to-do lists are gone and it’s Nat’s time to shine! Yet with nearly-not-quite-boyfriend Jasper back home, Harriet’s completely unprepared to see supermodel ex Nick. Is the fashion world about to turn ugly for GEEK GIRL?

It’s time for Harriet to face the future. Time to work out where her heart lies. To learn how to let go…

Author: Holly Smale
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0008532949
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books

Geek Girl Special

All Wrapped Up

All I want for Christmas is...a new GEEK GIRL story!

Harriet Manners knows a lot about Christmas:

She knows that every year Santa climbs down 91.8 million chimneys.

She knows that Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer was almost definitely a girl.

She knows that the first artificial Christmas trees were made out of goose feathers.

But this Christmas is extra special for Harriet, because four days ago she had her First Ever Kiss.

Now she just needs to work out what's supposed to happen next . . .

Author: Holly Smale
First Release: 2015
ISBN: 978-0008532956
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Sunny Side Up

Harriet Manners knows many facts.

And she knows everything there is to know about Paris… except what to do when you’re the hottest new model at Fashion Week.

Can Harriet find her je ne sais quoi or will it be sacré bleu! on the runway?

Author: Holly Smale
First Release: 2016
ISBN: 978-0008195458
Publisher: Harper Collins Publishers Ltd


Happy Girl Lucky

Fame – it runs in the family!

The Valentine sisters – Hope, Faith and Mercy – have everything: fame, success, money and beauty. But what Hope wants most of all is love, and it doesn’t matter how far she has to go to find it.

Except real life isn't like the movies. Unless of course you're a Valentine . . .

Author: Holly Smale
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0008404918
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Far From Perfect

Be yourself but, you know, someone else . . .

Enthusiastic but not desperate; calm but not dull; funny but not try-hard; sparky but not crazy; feisty but not aggressive; beautiful but relatable; elegant but not icy; confident but not arrogant; feminine but not girly; nice but not boring.

Faith Valentine has it all – fame, money and extraordinary beauty. But what she wants more than anything is a quiet life away from the cameras. Except nobody ever asks Faith what she wants, and her family’s expectations are crushing her.

Author: Holly Smale
First Release: 2020
ISBN: 978-0008413941
Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
Love Me Not

Party girl actress Mercy Valentine is nobody’s hero and that’s how she wants it. She’s sarcastic, sharp and always defensive – so no one can hurt her ever again. Mercy’s starring in a major theatre show and hitting the gossip headlines, but her glamorous world is about to come crashing down. And when Mercy crashes there will be fireworks…

Author: Holly Smale
First Release: 2021
ISBN: 978-0008393526
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books