“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek.”
MODEL MISFIT is the sequel to No. 1 UK debut GEEK GIRL.
Harriet Manners knows a lot of facts. She knows that humans have 70,000 thoughts per day. She knows that Geek + Model = a whole new set of graffiti on your belongings. And that the average person eats a ton of food a year, though her pregnant stepmother is doing her best to beat this. But Harriet doesn’t know where she’s going to fit in once the new baby arrives. And with her summer plans ruined, modelling in Japan seems the perfect chance to get away. Can Harriet cope with the craziness of Tokyo, her competitive model flatmates and her errant grandmother’s ‘chaperoning’. Or seeing gorgeous Nick everywhere she goes? Will geek girl find her place on the other side of the world?
What I Thought:
I originally read (but didn’t review) Geek Girl a little while ago, as my friend had read it and raved about it – I mean properly raved about it and I was sad to say after reading it that while I enjoyed it, it didn’t make me laugh out loud as I was assured it would. Nevertheless, Harriet Manners is such a likeable character that I thought I would definitely stick with the Geek Girl series until the end.
I’m actually quite happy to say that I enjoyed Model Misfit so much more than the first book! I don’t know quite why – perhaps having got to know Harriet, Nick, Toby et al in the first book, it was nice to go back and catch up with them. It was also nice to see Harriet still making a go of her modelling career, despite her clumsy and determined efforts to screw it all up.
The majority of the book takes place in Japan and you can really tell from the writing that it’s place Holly Smale has known and loved. The descriptions of people and places in Tokyo are so detailed without being wordy, you really get a sense of Harriet as fish out of water, but loving the city even so.
As I said, the old characters from Geek Girl are back, but there are some new ones (friend and foe) there too and, based on this book it seems the series is getting better and better.
Note: I was given a copy of Model Misfit to review via NetGalley, but all opinions are, as ever, my own.