Model Misfit by Holly Smale
Publication date: September 26th 2013
Publisher: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Number of pages: 356
Series: Geek Girl (2#)
Source: From the publisher via Netgalley. This is my honest opinion
Date finished: 11th October
“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?
Geekiness to the MAX. It’s enough to make anyone really want to be a geek. If you already are a geek, then you will feel a sense of pride. Read this book and you will see why.
Harriet is the perfect character for this story. She’s innocent, awkward, clumsy and of course, geeky. Since you don’t often come across these characteristics in books (and Holly Smale’s amazing writing skills help), it really makes Model Misfit bring out the emotions. There is one particular part of the book where I was extremely happy for all the characters and then (a little while later), quote: “NOOOOOOOOOO.” Luckily that was followed by another “yay!” A lot of the books is like that though. My emotions kind of felt what I guess is a yo-yo effect: up and down, up and down, and so forth.
What would Model Misfit be if there had been no Wilbur? I’m not sure to be honest but definitely not as good. His weird name calling and bubbly personality sort of compliment Harriet’s character. However, I still stand by what I said in my review of Geek Girl. “My little pot of bean paste” is definitely the weirdest name he has called Harriet so far. While the old characters are awesome, some of the new ones are too. Rin was quirky and fun and her obsession with Australia was so funny. Model Misfit, as a whole, was hilarious – I kept laughing out loud and earning myself some curious looks from those around me. The clumsy mistakes Harriet made were hilarious, as were the ways she tried to cover them up.
Luckily there some facts (really interesting ones) to balance the humour out. Those around me also got to hear those facts. Though this time they were more interested than annoyed.
I’m so happy that there is going to be a sequel! For a while after I finished Model Misfit I was a little unsure because everything was rounded off so nicely. Fortunately on Goodreads I discovered there was going to be a third book! The people around me also found that out too.
I love the cover of Model Misfit. It’s so quirky and fun. As a reader (and massive fan of the Geek Girl series) I can honestly tell you that it fits Model Misfit perfectly.
Please, I urge you to read Model Misfit! There are NO excuses. The only reason I will excuse you is if you haven’t read Geek Girl yet. But then you still have to read Model Misfit. If you are looking for a funny read, definitley check out the Geek Girl series!
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Goodreads author bio:
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 20 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.
As a teenager, she also did a little modelling in the hope that eventually she would be sent somewhere exciting.
Holly has a BA in English Literature, an MA in Shakespeare, and currently lives either in London or @holsmale.