Monday, February 8, 2016


Happy Monday! I wanted to share a YA book I picked up at the library last Monday.

(In case you didn't notice, this also happens to be my first book review of 2016!!!)

(I'm pretty excited about it...)

I reviewed the first book in the series back in June, and if you haven't read that post, you can find it right here.

(image: Goodreads)

There are spoilers for the first GEEK GIRL, so beware.

My summary: 

Harriet Manners is settling into her life as a model, but it's still not as easy as she thought it would be. She hasn't suddenly gained poise or elegance...if anything, she's just as big of a geek as she's always been. And the fact that her boyfriend, Nick, recently dumped her doesn't make it any easier.

When Harriet is offered the chance to model in Japan for Yuko Ito, she jumps at the chance to get away from her problems. But a summer of modeling in Japan has its own set of trials waiting for her.

Goodreads says:

Harriet Manners is a model.

She used to be a geek, but now she has transformed into a creature of grace and sophistication. She is completely at one with the world of fashion.

Except she’s not.

In fact, Harriet feels even less popular and more awkward now than she did when she was just a geek. So when Yuka Ito invites her to go to Japan and be the face of her new label, Harriet seizes the chance to get away.

Harriet might have to bring along her crazy grandma Bunty, and she might run into Nick, the gorgeous costar who unceremoniously dumped her two months ago. But no one is going to ruin her fabulous Tokyo summer.

Unless she accidentally ruins it herself…

My review:

The book picks up months after the end of the first book and used flashbacks to show the reader what was missed. I don't like it when the sequel begins months after the end of the last book, so that certainly annoyed me.

The writing style continues to be the best part of the book. It's addicting, and I think Harriet's unique voice is extremely clever and fun. I would love to hear Ms. Smale talk about her process for writing Harriet's point of view.

I like how every character has his or her own quirks. Holly does a good job of making every character stand out as someone different. However, sometimes it feels like she's going overboard and the characters are more caricatures than anything else.

Just like the first book, GEEK GIRL: MODEL MISFIT is a fast and enjoyable read. I definitely recommend it. 

As far as a starred rating goes, I think it also belongs somewhere between a 3.5 and 4, but closer to 4 stars. Therefore, I'm going to simply award it 4 stars.

Thanks for reading!

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