Review: Picture Perfect (Geek Girl #3) by Holly Smale

Published: June 5th 2014 by HarperCollins Children's
Rating: 5 out of 5


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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 than 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.



Oh, poor Harriet! In Picture Perfect she really does mess things up!!

Harriet's out of work father gets a job in New York. Yes! Harriet dreams of the Big Apple, Empire State Building, Central Park. Unfortunately, while Harriet also dreams of living in an apartment with a doorman in Manhatten, the truth is, she's living an hour and a half away in a place called Greenway. She gets mistaken for a young teenage mum, taken on a terrible modelling job to Coney Island, and lead down mischievous avenues with a girl called Kenderall.

This was the first time I really, really felt sorry for Harriet. As a character she's experienced so much at such a young age but this book basically chews her up and spits her out. While she does really believe she's reached adulthood now she's turned 16 (though nobody noticed), she soon understands she's way over her head in a different country, and way out of league when she doesn't have her real friends around her.

I loved the diversity factor. This tale amps up the modelling with a bit more bitchiness and lot less 'lovely, quirky' Wilbur than we're used to. Harriet realises New York isn't everything its cracked up to be if you're in a room full of strangers. I also loved that Harriet did actually grow up a little bit from the Hertfordshire girl. Her decision to part ways with Nick was incredibly mature.

I think this is the best of the Geek Girl I've read so far. Lets see how All That Glitters (Geek Girl #4) matches up.



About the Author
Holly fell in love with writing at five years old, when she realised that books didn't grow on trees like apples. A passion for travel, adventure and wearing no shoes has since led her all over the world: she has visited 27 countries, spent two years working as an English teacher in Japan, volunteered in Nepal, been bartered for in Jamaica and had a number of ear-plugs stolen in Australia, Indonesia and India.

Holly has a BA in English Literature, an MA in Shakespeare, and currently lives in London or at @holsmale.

The GEEK GIRL series has been an internationally bestselling no1. smash-hit. It won the Waterstones Teen Prize of the Year and the Leeds book award, was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Branford Boase award, and was long-listed for the Carnegie.

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