Tuesday, 17 September 2013
Review: Model Misfit (Geek Girl #2) by Holly Smale
Publication Date: September 26th, 2013
Publisher: Harper Collins
Series: Geek Girl
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"My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek."
Harriet knows the modelling won't transform you. She knows that being as uniquely odd as a polar bear isn't necessarily a bad thing (even in a rain forest). And that the average person eats a ton of food a year, though her pregnant stepmother is doing her best to beat this.
What Harriet doesn't know is where she's to fit in once the new baby arrives.
With summer plans ruined, modelling in Japan seems the perfect chance to get as far away from home as possible. But nothing can prepare Harriet for the craziness of Tokyo, her competitive model flatmates and errant grandmother's 'chaperoning'. Or seeing gorgeous Nick everywhere she goes.
Because, this time, Harriet knows what a broken heart feels like.
Can geek girl find her place on the other of the world or is Harriet lost for good?
**Since this is a second book in a series, I will try and keep this as spoiler free as possible**
Ahh I absolutely love Harriet Manners! I loved her the first time around and I love her even more this time.
In Geek Girl, Harriet is on a field trip with her school at a sort of fashion convention. Her best friend Nat is absolutely ecstatic because her dream is to be a model. But unfortunately Harriet causes quite a scene well there and gets spotted by a modelling agency. Then she suddenly has a agent. And then she's going to shoots. Oh, of course, there is a very hot boy hanging around. Who happens to be a model. With an Australian accent.
Harriet loves to memorize facts. About anything and everything. She's constantly spewing them out. You might go into this book thinking it's a light, fluffy read. But you actually come out a little wiser. I don't think I knew most of the things that comes out her mouth. And there is a lot throughout these books. Whatever type of situation or conservation Harriet is in she has a new and interesting fact to provide.
Harriet is totally a geek. She loves studying and school. But she's also adorable, clumsy, naive and absolutely hilarious. There's a lot of LOL'ing in this book. Harriet is also only 15. She doesn't necessarily think before she speaks or does something. Which added with the fact that she's this awkward, geeky model. Some bizarre situations arise.
Harriet has just finished school for the summer, so she devises the ultimate summer itinerary to do with her bff Nat. Harriet has just had her heart broken by a certain hot Australian model and wants to keep busy. But unfortunately Nat gets in trouble with her mother and is being shipped off to a working farm in France. So Harriet turns to her uber-stalker, Toby.
-side note: OMG Toby! I love him! Besides Harriet, he is my favourite character by far. He's just as geeky as Harriet and has even more facts and tidbits to drop into any conversation. But the whole stalking thing is what gets the most LOL's from him. They all acknowledge his stalking of Harriet in conversations all the time, so it is totally not creepy. He's just got it down to an art form. Hiding in her bushes, trees and lots of times she doesn't know he's even there. Plus his stalking totally saves the day, so there.-
Luckily she gets a call from her crazy agent (Wilber, her agent talks exactly how I imagine a modelling agent would talk. From what he calls her (ie: Baby-baby panda) to everything else that comes out of his mouth is crazy and again hilarious) about this huge job on Tokyo.
It's looking like Harriet won't be able to go as her stepmother is 7 months pregnant and her dad has to be home in case she goes into labor. Which doesn't help the resentment towards the unborn baby and her parents from starting to show it's ugly head. Thankfully Harriet's worldly step-grandmother shows up to be her chaperon.
So off to Tokyo we go with Harriet, where she takes on backstabbing, jealous models, screws up...a lot. And that hot Australian model that broke her heart. He just might be there too.
Holly Smale definitely has a distinct, witty voice that leaves me continually turning the pages to see what else Harriet will teach me.
Guys, don't wait. Go pick up Geek Girl right now!. It's a super fast read. So you'll be done just in time for the release of Model Misfit next week.