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Book Review: OTHERGIRL by Nicole Burstein

Published 2nd April 2015 by Andersen Press.

22854303Goodreads Synopsis: Louise and Erica have been best friends since forever. They’re closer than sisters and depend on each other for almost everything. Just one problem: Erica has superpowers.
When Erica isn’t doing loop-the-loops in the sky or burning things with her heat pulse powers, she needs Louise to hold her non-super life together. After all, the girls still have homework, parents and boys to figure out. But being a superhero’s BFF is not easy, especially as trouble has a way of seeking them out. Soon Louise discovers that Erica might be able to survive explosions and fly faster than a speeding bullet, but she can’t win every fight by herself.
Life isn’t a comic book – it’s even crazier than that.

My Review: I’ve been following the author of Othergirl, Nicole, on Twitter for a while and she often tweets about geeky awesomeness, mainly comics – so I was really eager to read her début novel as soon as I heard of the book deal. After what seemed like a long time, I wandered into Waterstones a while ago and didn’t realise it was out. I’ve never purchased a book quicker!

A main reason I was excited about this was that it tells the story of the one stock comic book character who’s always left behind; the superhero’s best friend. Louise has known Erica for years, and helped her through her discovery of superpowers – even making a costume for her.When Erica’s secret powers suddenly mean she’s part of a very big event, Louise is pretty much left behind, as Erica quite literally flies off without her.

The plot was so brilliantly written and paced. I intended to only read a few chapters, but ended up reading the entire book in one go. I loved the idea behind the story and it was told brilliantly, with some humour and a little romance too that I wasn’t expecting. The world in Othergirl is identical to our own… but there’s a world famous, world wide network of Superheroes called the Vigils, sponsored by large companies and immortalised on kids’ walls as posters. I really enjoyed reading about the superhero organisation, and kinda wish there was one like it IRL… 😀

The characters are so brilliantly crafted and understandable. Louise is a caring friend who always goes the extra mile, while Erica is more self-absorbed and tends to be more reckless and angry. Their chemistry is really interesting. I never fully liked Erica as she was often pretty dismissive of Louise – and I resonated with Louise more, being the typical quiet nerd. The ending made me tear up a little, actually!

Overall, Othergirl was definitely worth the wait. It was exactly as great as I wished it would be, and more. I’m so happy there’s a book like this in the YA market.  The characters were so fun to read about, as was the inventive world of superheroes Nicole Burstein has created. I don’t think I’ve ever seen an author’s personality reflected so much in their work as in Othergirl. (Also, bonus! Little comic book tributes hidden in the novel…) Highly recommended – this has fast become a favourite of the year.

My Rating:

five

I purchased a copy of OTHERGIRL from a local bookstore.

Embracing My Inner Geek- Blog meme

A big online apology to Lucy@ Queen Of Contemporary– I said I would write a meme for her as part of her blogoversary,  but I was so busy yesterday! So, HERE IT IS, and I hope you all enjoy it!

Recent-things-I’ve-been-fangirling-over:

2013 has been a MASSIVE year for Geeks! In this post, I’m going over the movies I’ve loved/going-to-love that have come from books to box office hits.

So, in chronological order…

Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1)Beautiful Creatures:  Sadly, I’ve not actually read this book or seen the film yet, but I’m sure both are amazing, judging by the fanbase for them. Have you read/watched it? How did you find it? I’ll probably buy the DVD when it’s released, as a lot of my friends really enjoyed it. It looks really cool, and has witchcraft and everything, so I’m eagerly awaiting it.

 

 

 

 

 

Warm Bodies (Warm Bodies #1)Warm Bodies: I’ve read the book, liked the book, fangirled over the book, fangirled over the many movie posters, but NOT SEEN THE MOVIE YET *sniff*. I will soon though, and Nicholas Holt is an awesome actor so I’m sure he did a good job as R!

 

 

 

 

 

The HostThe Host: A sci-fi story from the author of Twilight. I’ve read some of the Twilight series, and didn’t like it as much as The Host, which I’m currently reading. I also saw the film, which was good, but a bit too romantic. However, it was really enjoyable and I quite liked it, because it has ALIENS!!

 

 

 

 

 

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire: Not out until November, but anyone who knows me well enough will know that I can literally talk for hours upon hours over the books and movie franchise, because they are AMAZING. I read the first gore-fest when I was eight. That is what I put the blame on for my love of scary teen books. There is no week I got without fangirling over THG! I lovelovelove it but I’ll shut up now.

 

 

 

 

Divergent (Divergent, #1)Divergent: The movie production began a few weeks ago, if I’m correct, and I’m so glad! I absolutely adored Divergent and Insurgent, and took part in the blog tour and stuff.  I can’t get enough of this series, and even though I’m gutted because they’re cutting Uriah out, I’m impatiently waiting on the edge of my seat for this movie!

 

 

 

 

 

The Fault in Our StarsTiFOS: For those of you who don’t know, this stands for The Fault In Our Stars, John Green’s bestseller. Also, I’m not sure if the movie has been completely confirmed  but hopefully it will! On a vlogbrothers video a while ago, John mentioned the casting of Shailene Woodley as Hazel. I’m so glad! She’s playing Tris in Divergent too! If it does make it onto the big screen, I’ll be bringing about seventeen-gazillion boxes of tissues.

 

 

 

 

 

In the words of Lucy, Don’t forget to wear your geekery like a badge!

Geek Girl Blog Tour!

I really loved Geek Girl, Holly Smale’s brilliant debut, and you can read my review HERE. I was so happy to be a part of the blog tour! Today, it’s a Q and A between me and Holly Smale about…

How Holly got published!

B&WJNR: Did you use to enter writing competitions as a child?

H.S: I didn’t, actually. I attempted my first bit of creative writing when I was seven – a poem called “The Unicorn” – but I was far too shy to show it to anyone but my family. I wrote a huge amount of poetry and short stories (by the time I was seventeen I had an entire book of them) but I would never have considered entering them into any competitions or letting strangers see them. I kept them in a very pretty box under my bed: I think they were too important to me, and I couldn’t face having them shot down or laughed at or rejected.

 When I sent Geek Girl to my (now) agent, she was the first person outside of my family or boyfriend who had ever seen anything creative I’d written.

  Geek Girl

If so, were any of these published in any form?

 Nope. Although obviously I have high hopes for “The Unicorn”. It has goblins and everything. 🙂

You’ve had a history with journalism from the age of six, what kinds of articles did you write and who for?

For some reason I found it easier to share journalistic pieces than creative writing: maybe because it was less personal and scary. My first published article was inBunty magazine when I was six years old. I got a cheque for five whole pounds, which I spent on pens and paper and apples because I thought I was Louisa May Alcott. When I was seven I did some bizarre features for the Parish magazine, and then was overwhelmed with the “pressure of journalism” and didn’t publish anything else until I went to University. At that point I took a deep breath and wrote some comedy features for the student newspaper, won an award for it and accepted a position editing the paper. I then scribbled bits and pieces over the following years here and there: random columns for Company magazine, The London PaperItchyguides, Venue, Decode. Anyone who would have me, basically. I also started up my (now sleeping) blog – The Write Girl – which was read in 28 countries and was one of the most fun and productive things I’ve ever done, writing-wise.

 I guess I’ve always veered towards writing about everyday things with a comic edge, although sometimes the humour is unintentional (my piece in Bunty was hysterical, but totally by accident).

When you began writing Geek Girl, did you ever dream of it getting published?

 I’d be lying if I said I didn’t write it with that intention, but I didn’t actually believe it would happen. Saying that, I had a good feeling from the very first sentence (which is still the same): obviously I’d been creative writing since I was a very little girl, and had started and abandoned dozens of novels, but I’d never had that “hairs standing up on the back of the neck” sensation before. I did with Geek Girl: it felt right and natural, and I was suddenly desperate to tell the story in a way that I hadn’t been before. So although I didn’t necessarily think it would be published, I trusted my instincts enough to keep going until it was finished. I knew I had to write it regardless of anyone buying it or not.

I read that your book was sold in a ‘hotly contested’ auction between five publishers! How did that feel?

I’m a pretty quiet person, but when I found out five publishing houses had made offers for Geek Girl I did shout a few times and hop round the garden, squeaking, before bursting into rowdy tears. Nobody expects a situation like that: I’d thought – best case scenario – one editor might be brave enough to take a chance on my book, and that would have been all I could possibly hope for. As it was, I think I went into a state of shock. I got to spend an entire week visiting brilliant publishers who had created some of my very favourite books of all time, and they were all so incredibly lovely and enthusiastic about what I’d written. I still pinch myself, to be honest. I got my dream, and it’s still hard to believe I got so lucky.

If you’d like to check out the past blog tour posts or want the blog addresses for the next blog tour posts, click HERE for the blog tour poster! 🙂

Geek Girl, Holly’s book, will be out in bookstores on the 28th of February (Paperback). Also available in eBook formats.

Geek Girl

By Holly Smale, published by Harper Collins

Geek Girl

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

Harriet Manners is the geekiest girl of the school. She gets picked on by mean girl Alexa, and ‘GEEK’ graffitied on all of her property. One day, she is forced on a school trip to a fashion show with her best friend, who dreams of getting spotted and becoming a model.

But when Harriet herself in spotted instead, she jumps at the possibility of changing her lifestyle. It will mean stealing her best friends dream, lying to her mother, flying to Russia, and more. But wouldn’t it be worth it to become popular, and change from being a geek? With the support of Geeky-stalker-boy Toby and Harriet’s easily excitable, very enthusiastic father, she embarks on a hilarious journey to pursue a modelling career. Can she make it, and impress super-cute model boy Nick?

This is going to be one of the hottest debuts of the year, I just know it!

The story follows Harriet as she gets a crush on a cute model boy, struggles with bullies and friendships, and experiences the ups and downs of being a (pretty clumsy) model, ultimately discovering that it’s fine to be a Geek. It’s a hilarious, brilliantly written novel which also reflects on the teenage life of the author: As Holly Smale got scouted herself as a teenager!

Harriet is a brilliant main character, your stereotypical, clumsy geek who knows more than enough facts. I fell in love with her story right from the beginning! I actually think she was a bit like me; being called ‘ginger’ when she has Strawberry-blonde hair, amongst many other things. I really related to her, which was great. The other characters were awesome too; all of them funny, but I think my favourite has to be Harriet’s agent (Who reminded me of Louis Spence)!

I really loved this. It’s a brilliant story; comedic yet full of heart and personality, a great read for young teenagers, and young adults alike!

Overall, a stunning first novel from a new author who definitely has a great writing career ahead of her. I couldn’t believe this was her first book, and I can’t wait to see how the sequel turns out!

*Note- look out for the geek girl blog tour, with great, geeky posts appearing on lots of YA blogs, including mine! My post will be on the 26th of February.*