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Review: Geek Girl: Model Misfit by Holly Smale

Model MisfitTitle: Geek Girl: Model Misfit

AuthorHolly Smale

Genre: YA Contemporary

Series: Geek Girl (Book #2)

Publication Date: July 21, 2015

Format: Hardcover, 416 Pages

ISBN-100062333607 (HarperTeen)

ISBN-13978-0062333605 (HarperTeen)

Reviewed by: Kaitlin


Harriet Manners is a model—but she feels even less popular and more awkward than she did when she was just a geek. So a summer modeling job in Japan sounds like the perfect vacation, even if she has to bring along her crazy grandma Bunty, and even if she might run into Nick, her gorgeous model ex-boyfriend. No one is going to ruin Harriet’s fabulous Tokyo adventure—unless she accidentally ruins it herself. . . .

Quick & Dirty: I flew through this incredible, adorable novel with lots of laughter.

Opening Sentence: My name is Harriet Manners, and I am a model.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Last book, Harriet Manners, geek, became a model. She’s ready for that to suddenly transform her until someone graceful and gorgeous, but so far that hasn’t been the case. Aw well. She’s content to have the summer of her life with her best friend, pretending to ignore her consuming feelings about Nick, who dumped her. Then her carefully flow-charted plans are thrown into a wrench when Nat leaves for the summer and leaves her utterly alone, as her parents grow obsessed with baby #2 in Annabelle’s belly. A trip to Tokyo to model for the terrifying Yuka should be a blast, right? Disaster, betrayal, and hilarity will ensue in the amazing follow-up to Holly Smale’s Geek Girl.

I’ve been at ALA the past few weeks, gathering together all sorts of amazing books to read from the amazing conference in San Fran. Seriously, I filled three suitcases full with them. Yet when I arrived home and found an e-arc of this baby sitting in my inbox, I dropped everything to read this novel. After the first one was so hilarious, entertaining, and wonderful, I was ready for another ride with the delightfully geeky Harriet Manners. I have to say, it matched the first novel in hilarity and random facts from Harriet’s geeky mind. I also think that it surpassed the first book in its characters and plotline. This book isn’t deep or poetic, it’s mostly fluffy and adorable, but you know what? That fluff and adorableness took a couple hours to finish. I ripped through this book.

Harriet Manners knows that she’s a geek, that she isn’t naturally graceful and her social skills need sharpening. Despite this, she keeps hoping her newfound model status will make her grow in fashion and elegance. No such luck. Harriet plunders along the fashion world with many mistakes, possibly more so than in Geek Girl, to the point that it was just a long downward spiral. I love the message of the stories of embracing who you are, and I found the easy writing style and delightful jokes in this book refreshing. Her character had different levels, but it was unmistakably her.

Her relationship with Nick took a nosedive somewhere between the first and second novels, so at the beginning of the story they were broken up. I was appalled — frankly, I was super excited to see them as a couple. That was one of the things I was most excited about. There were a few scenes that gave you a taste of their adorable, heart-melting romance, but for the most part their relationship status in this book was “it’s complicated”. I love Nick — I love how Harriet can relax around him and how he embraces her social inadequacies and adores her neediness. I also enjoyed descriptions of him. I mean, curly black hair? Green eyes? Teen male model? Swoon!

This book was incredible and so very cute. I loved watching Harriet plunder her way through modeling and her various relationships. I also really enjoyed the additions of some new characters that added depth to the story, especially her grandmother, whose personality was very similar to Wilbur (I ship them as a couple!). My favorite thing about the story is the witty commentary that the characters exchange, all of which is extremely entertaining to me. I laughed out loud more than I’ve ever laughed in a book before. I loved that between the bleakest of moments were ones that made you feel warm and fuzzy. Above all, I loved Harriet’s general overreacting teenage presence and acceptance of her geekiness.

Notable Scene:

Finally, Nat makes a decision. “Pretend you don’t care, Harriet. Pretend you never have.”

I frown. “Nat . . . I don’t even have the thespian skill required to play a tree in our Year Two performance of Snow White, remember?”

Nat laughs. “You fell off the stage and just lay there, waving your branches around until your dad came and stood you back up again. It was hilarious.”

Geek Girl Series:

1. Geek Girl

2. Geek Girl: Model Misfit

3. Geek Girl: Geek Drama

4. Geek Girl: Picture Perfect

5. Geek Girl: All That Glitters


FTC Advisory: HarperTeen provided me with a copy of Nobody But Us. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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