Series: Geek Girl, #3
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date: June 5, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, YA
Source: Received in exchange for review
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"My name is Harriet Manners, and I'll always be a geek."
It's the hilarious third book in the No.1 bestselling, award winning GEEK GIRL series!
Harriet Manners knows more facts that most. She knows that New York is the most populous city in the United States. She knows that its official motto is "Ever Upward". She knows that 28% of Americans believe we never landed on the moon.
But she knows nothing about modelling in the Big Apple, and how her family will cope with life stateside. Or how to "become a brand", as the models in New York put it. And, even more importantly, what to do when the big romantic gestures aren't coming from your boyfriend...
Does geek girl go too far this time?
The laugh out loud follow-up to award winning GEEK GIRL and MODEL MISFIT will have you in stitches.
The Geek Girl series are some of those books that are perfect for a lazy day; they read easily and fly by in one sitting, and are stuffed with cuteness. While I do have my nitpicks, Picture Perfect was a highly enjoyable read, and I’m very curious about what Holly Smale has in store for us next.
Ever since Harriet stopped modelling, her life has pretty much gotten back to how it started; with her best friend, Nat, stalker, Toby and Alexa who just cannot pass Harriet without a snarky remark. Once again, there’s no failing to make me click with Harriet, I absolutely love her; she stands strong by her own beliefs and doesn’t just let a mean girl change the way she views herself. However, I did find Harriet to be a little overly-dramatic at times—which I didn’t mind, but sometimes it became a little too ridiculously absurd. Qualm aside, Harriet’s overflowing supply of totally-random-facts were a great touch.
Admittedly, I was worried about a love triangle arising in this novel after reading the synopsis; but that’s not the case at all. Harriet and Nick’s relationship stayed true—and we as readers can tell that Nick truly cares about Harriet—even though Harriet herself might not see it. However, their romance did hit a huge bump in this novel because Nick barely has time to stop and breathe as he is a model, let alone have time to be with Harriet. There are some misunderstandings and other dramas going on—including another interested party—but it wasn’t as annoying as I had thought it were to be. In my opinion, everything was developed realistically and I found it to be very entertaining.
While I find the Geek Girl series to be very fun, I feel that the characters need—deserve—more substance. We get a lot of background about Harriet since she’s the main character, but I think there should be a greater focus on the supporting characters, especially Nat; I want to know more about her life. As for Nick, we do get to know him better in this novel, mainly towards the end of the novel since he’s pretty MIA throughout the first half (don’t worry, we still get flashbacks of Harriet and Nick); and he’s still as sweet and caring as ever.
Criticisms aside, Picture Perfect was a pleasant novel that kept me entertained during the entire novel. It’s cute and fun (like I’ve said a million times already), so I recommend you all to pick up a copy.
~Thank you HarperCollins Australia for sending me this copy!~
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