Sunday, 19 April 2015

Review: Geek Girl Model Misfit by Holly Smale

Publication date: September 26 2013
Publisher: Harper Collins Childrens
Source: Library
Series: 2nd in Geek Girl series, Geek Girl Review Here

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

Harriet knows that 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 rainforest). 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 going 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 her 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 side of the world or is Harriet lost for good?

 The Geek Girl series has quickly become a favourite of mine only two books in. The series is so fun, witty, laugh out loud hilarious and entertaining, and Model Misfit was no exception.

To see my review of the first novel in the series, Geek Girl, click here

Model Misfit picks up a few months after Geek Girl ended. Harriet is still at school, doing exams, learning facts and being on the receiving end of Alexa's bullying. Harriet is learning to take this in her stride as she balances a normal life with her model life. I was interested to see how people in Harriet's school would react to her modelling and to my surprise it has made them behave more mean to her than before! 

I really liked seeing the normal side to Harriet's life. I liked knowing that it was still the same Harriet underneath the model makeup who lived a normal life with her family and friends. Harriet's family are so funny and love-able. Her father is a hilarious character who acts very childish and her stepmother is a kind and sensible woman who keeps him grounded, I love their relationship with Harriet. 

Harriet's modelling adventures is Japan went so well and without accident ...... well that sentence would be true, if we were not talking about Harriet Manners! The situations Harriet manages to get herself into in Model Misfit are even more crazy and hilarious than before. 

I really enjoyed the setting of Japan in this novel and felt it was so well described. I really loved the introduction of new characters in this novel. Harriet's eccentric grandmother who arrives and whisks Harriet off to her photo-shoot campaign in Japan, was a joy to read about as she was so unusual and quirky. I liked reading about the models Harriet was living with when she moved to Japan, Poppy and Rin. Rin was one of my favourite characters in this novel, she was so bubbly, positive and welcoming towards Harriet. 

I also really loved seeing the old gang from the series; Nat, Toby, Wilbur,Nick and slightly scary Yuka. Nat, Harriet and Toby are all such good and supportive friends, it's so heartwarming reading about their friendship. Wilbur and Yuka are Harriet's agent and designer. Wilbur is so eccentric and flamboyant he always entertains me! And although Yuka is strict and often scary, she has a lot of faith and vision for Harriets modelling career. 

Nick is definitely one of my favourite characters of the entire series, he and Harriet are my OTP. Nick is sweet, kind and caring towards Harriet, while also having supermodel good looks. I was so heartbroken reading that he & Harriet had broken up but if you want to learn more about that, you'll have to pick up Model Misfit! 

Once again, Holly Smale has blown me away with her novel. Model Misfit is even better than Geek Girl, which I had thought was not possible. Model Misfit really shows Smale's flawless story telling and writing skills. The novel is so gripping and entertaining- the reader will not want to put it down. Smale has created a ban of characters that will be in the readers heart forever.

I am so eager to pick up the next book in the series. 

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