Series: Geek Girl, #2
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date: September 26, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, MG
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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 always been those books that I turn to when I’m feeling down or just lazy in general to work my brain with dark conspiracies and run down worlds. Model Misfit was exactly what I needed–typically fun and drama-filled.
What I love about Holly Smale’s debut series is how she always starts her books with something shocking and not really in Harriet’s character. It really helps draw readers into the novel. In Geek Girl, Harriet’s story begins with her faking an abnormal sickness with red spots all over her body but soon turns out she was just faking ill. In Model Misfit, Harriet seems completely under control with her new modelling job, a true top model; but a chapter later we find out Harriet was just fooling with us. Moving on, in Holly Smale’s latest novel, Harriet soon finds herself in Tokyo, Japan modelling once again. Only a day before she was sad as her summer holiday plans were all ruined when her best friend Nat was forced to go to France, leaving Harriet all alone.
Model Misfit is very much a character and drama orientated read. We are once again reunited with Harriet’s narration, fun facts and excitable but awkward charisma that I ended up to enjoy in Geek Girl. I love how Harriet is talking to us readers, like we are sitting next to her and she’s telling us her life story. It contains certain perks such as her inner dialogue which I appreciate dearly. Harriet can always get some laughs out of me. Nat does not hold a great role in this instalment, but her relationship with Harriet is fantastic. There are distinct flaws in this friendship however that makes it feel more genuine–though I must admit some dramas get way too unrealistic and unbelievable.
My main dilemma was how most complications that Harriet came across were just misunderstandings. Sure, a few are okay but Model Misfit was packed with them and it began to irritate me to no end.
Other than that, Model Misfit was just as good as Geek Girl and I look forward to see how things continue in Picture Perfect. I recommend this to young teens/middle grade readers.
~Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy!~
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