Review: Model Misfit (Geek Girl #2) by Holly Smale

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Published September 26th 2013 by HarperCollins Children's Books


“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?


Review of Geek Girl Here

Thank the heavens for Harriet Manners! Now, whenever I drop something, stumble over nothing or am just plain lost for words, I remind myself that Harriet would always be in a worse situation.

Model Misfit starts with, as usual, Harriet getting into quite a cuffuffle with a lot of gold. Gold costume, gold around her hair, gold paint. She is terrible at spotting errors in her time keeping and ends up almost too late for her final GCSE. All things go south for Harriet from here.

But not quite so. Her step mum, Anabelle, is expecting baby any time soon, her dad is besotted over being a father again, both seemingly forget about Harriets mere presence. Nat, her bff is leaving her for a trip to France, and so HM is left with Toby, the stalker. A whole summer could not be worse. But then. WILBUR!!! Saves the day. A with a small flick of a hair brush Harriet is flying off to Japan with her estranged and rather weird Grandmother, Bunty.

For the first time in Harriet's life she finally feels like she's making friends. Not people who want to ridicule her geekiness. No, they like her for who she is. But, as her modelling days take over her life, something makes those days become unbearable. Someone is sabotaging her. Except nobody believes these freak accidents aren't her own fault. They think she's not focused enough, or just plain stupid.

Model Misfit was everything I wanted in a sequel to Geek Girl. Harriet hasn't changed at all. I really love her for being always honest and truthful to who she is. Yes, she's still only fifteen and very naive but she's very likable.

I also hate the fact that her boss, Yuka, does not even spend the time of day to explain ANYTHING to Harriet. Surely if you think a model is clumsy you would want to forewarn her about what will happen during the session. I can't help feeling angry for Harriet.

Nick, the Lion Boy boyfriend, is back in this one but I'm not convinced everything is as it should be with him. He was pretty unfair on Harriet as well and he knows her far better than his aunt Yuka.

A great sequel, still full of exciting facts, and a very different and beautiful backdrop of Japan.

I can't wait for the next installment of Harriet's life :)

- CBx

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