By: Melanie | July 8, 2014 | (21) Comments

Review: Picture Perfect by Holly SmalePicture Perfect by Holly Smale
Series: Geek Girl, #3
Publisher: HarperCollins Australia
Release Date: June 5, 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Drama, YA
Pages: 400
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!~

3.5 Stars
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Melanie

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Melanie is one of the totally fabulous bloggers at YA Midnight Reads. She's a 16 year old student from Melbourne, Australia. She is normally found binge watching TV series, reading , blogging, procrastinating or fangirling about how Percabeth is the best ship ever. She's also a lover of caps lock and uses it excessively.

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21 Responses to Review: Picture Perfect by Holly Smale

  1. Rashika says:

    Are you telling me that this book has a character that does NOT in fact break-up with her boyfriend because they aren’t doing the same thing any more? I am already sold.. although I just realized this is the last book in the trilogy so I may have spoiled stuff for myself by reading your review 😛

    EH. Still adding this!

    Great review, Mel!! 🙂
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    • Melanie says:

      I actually don’t think it’s a trilogy–there might be more books to come but lol yeah maybe a few things but I don’t think it ruins the series at all. I hope you find these as cute as I do! Thanks 🙂

  2. Ashfa says:

    I’ve heard good things about Geek Girl but haven’t started on the series yet because contemporary is really not my thing. Sounds like a nice, light read though and I really need to read more light reds instead of all the fantasy, dsytopia I’ve been devouring lately. Loved the review.

    • Melanie says:

      Thanks! For me, I get sick of one genre if I read too much of it so maybe when you’re getting a little bored of dystopias and fantasy, eh? 🙂

  3. It’s a good think that the love triangle didn’t really happen happen because Nick stayed true to Harriet. That would’ve been messy, and I do dislike messy love triangles. It seems that the series ended in a good note!
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  4. Siiri says:

    I’m glad you enjoyed this as a whole, Mel! Though these don’t seem like they are for me, I’m glad to hear that they’re super fun and adorable. I get your frustration about not getting eough depth and substance with the characters since as a reader, we want to know the people telling us their stories. Great review, Melanie!
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  5. I kind of skimmed this review because I haven’t read the series yet, but the first one is on my physical TBR shelf! It looks so lovely and I can’t wait to read. Sounds perfect for a school holiday lazy day.
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  6. Amelia says:

    I just borrowed this one from my library two days ago, actually. I cannot wait to read this, and it’s good to see that it wasn’t disappointing. I can’t wait to go back into Harriet’s world! Great review Mel 🙂

  7. Louisa says:

    Awesome review. I haven’t heard of this series before but I am going to rock by the library and see if they have Geek Girl because I am sooo in the mood for a cute and fun read! Nick sounds really cute.

  8. I really like the covers for Holly Smale’s Geek Girl series! They’re just so cheeky and cute, haha, and I’m happy that you found the story the same, too. 😀 I don’t like overdramatic characters as well, so thankfully Harriet wasn’t that bad. Dramatic characters have kind of become something quite common in YA lit, though, don’t you think? Don’t know if that’s good or bad…

    Phew, no love triangle! I’m liking the sound of Nick already — caring and sweet even though he barely had any time what with his modeling job. And as for that third interested party, just as long as Harriet didn’t return his feelings, it’s all good. (Lol, I’m such a horrible person when it comes to romance.)

    It isn’t that surprising to me that the characters weren’t as fleshed out as they could be, though. Fluffy contemporaries tend to be that way, but I’ve read some with good characters too (like On the Fence by Kasie West). Lovely review, Mel!
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    • Melanie says:

      IKR? Such fun covers and I bet they were fun to shoot. I think they’re pretty common in YA contemporaries–mainly the fluffy ones and I guess I don’t really hate them, but if they go overboard, then yes. I guess it just really depends, and I am quite aware that I am a really dramatic person IRL because my friends called me melodramatic mel LOLOL.

  9. Yayyyy for no love triangle! 🙂 I’ve wanted to start this series, but just never got around to it. I’m happy to see you’re still enjoying it. 🙂
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  10. This series sounds so cute and fluffy, it’s a shame it doesn’t have more substance to it. Glad the relationship stayed true and there wasn’t a love triangle 🙂
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  11. Grace Osas says:

    Dude, I really like this book. However, Harriet’s over dramatic ways were a little bit… um :/

    This book was hilarious especially the part when they went by the church. Oh, man xD

    And Nick is absolutely brilliant. Like seriously, too brilliant for this planet.

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