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    Geek Girl: Picture Perfect – Holly Smale

    “My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a girlfriend.  I know I’m a girlfriend because I can’t stop beaming. Apparently the average girl smiles sixty-two times a day, so I must be statistically stealing somebody else’s happiness. I’m grinning every thirty or forty seconds, minimum.”  Harriet is all set for the start of her year at sixth form, she just needs to pass her GCSEs, have the best 16th birthday and see her boyfriend to carry out the Most Romantic Summer Ever. However Harriet doesn’t allow for changes in her plan – like the fact that her fantastic GCSE results are marred by her worst enemy getting hold her…

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    Geek Girl: Model Misfit – Holly Smale

    “My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a model.  I know I’m a model because: Its monday morning, and I’m wearing a gold tutu, a gold jacket, gold ballet pumps and gold earrings. My face is painted gold, and a long piece of gold wire has been wrapped around my head. This is not how I normally dress on Mondays.  I have a bodyguard. The earrings cost so much I’m not allowed to go to the toilet without a large man checking my earlobes afterwards to make sure I haven’t accidentally flushed them.  I haven’t been allowed to smile for two hours. Every time I take a bite of…

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    Geek Girl – Holly Smale

    “My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a geek. I know I’m a geek because I’ve just looked it up in the Oxford English Dictionary. I drew a little tick next to all the symptoms I recognise, and I appear to have them all.”  Harriet Manners knows a lot of things, she knows that cats have 32 muscles in each ear, that the average person laughs 15 times a day and bats always turn left when they exit a cave. But there are many things Harriet doesn’t know like why no one at school, other than her best friend Nat, likes her and she doesn’t know anything about fashion.…

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    Just Listen – Sarah Dessen

    “I taped the commercial back in April, before anything had happened, and promptly forgot about it. A few weeks ago, it had started running and, suddenly, I was everywhere.  On the rows of screens hanging over the ellipticals at the gym. On the monitor they have at the post office that’s supposed to distract you from how long you’ve been waiting in line. And now here, on the TV in my room, as I sat at the edge of my bed, fingers clenched into my palms, trying to make myself get up and leave.” Annabel is the girl who has everything, at least that’s what the local department store was…

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    The Look – Sophia Bennett

    “’busk: to perform music in the streets and other public places for money.’ That’s the official dictionary definition. I checked it on Dad’s computer before we came out, while I was waiting for Ava to remember where she’d put her flute case. But there was another version underneath: ‘busk it [informal]: to do something as well as you can, without much preparation’ That’s the one we need, my sister and me. We aren’t so much busking as busking it. And I have a feeling it shows.” Ted and her sister are trying to get a bit extra cash in. Since their father lost his job ad they had to move…