Harriet Manners knows a lot of facts.
She knows that humans have 70,000 thoughts per day.
She knows that Geek + Model = a whole new set of graffiti on your belongings.
And that the average person eats a ton of food a year, though her pregnant stepmother is doing her best to beat this.
But Harriet doesn’t know where she’s going to fit in once the new baby arrives. And with her summer plans ruined, modelling in Japan seems the perfect chance to get away.
Can Harriet cope with the craziness of Tokyo, her competitive model flatmates and her errant grandmother’s ‘chaperoning’. Or seeing gorgeous Nick everywhere she goes?
Will geek girl find her place on the other side of the world?
I loved Geek Girl when I read it earlier this year so I was very excited to get my hands on the second book in the series. I was even more excited when I realised that Holly Smale has worked her magic again and produced a sequel that I loved just as much (maybe even more!) than Geek Girl. Let’s face it – second books, and especially those in a series can be tricky but Holly has has done it again and Model Misfit is one of my favourite books of the year so far.
From the opening chapters I was hooked and found myself laughing at/with Harriet as she tries to cope with a complicated love life, a changing family situation and an international modelling assignment all during her summer holidays from school!
Harriet is well and truly back and as witty and wacky as ever but what I particularly loved about this book was that Holly Smale didn’t stick just stick with familiar characters from the first book but introduced a fab cast of new friends and frenemies and I loved kooky step-grandmother Bunty and Harriet’s Japanese model flatmates – especially Rin and they certainly kept Harriet’s adventures fresh and interesting!
It was also great (in most cases!) to be back with my favourite characters; stalker Toby, Lion Boy and agent Wilbur, although I did find myself (mentally) shouting at Lion Boy a fair bit during this novel. Wilbur’s endearments are as funny as ever with my favourite moment being when he called someone ‘my little flip-chart’ – I’m resisting the temptation to use this at my next work meeting
A large part of this book is set in Japan and Tokyo in particular and you can tell that Holly Smale loves the country and has spent time there. I visited Tokyo on a three day stopover once and absolutely loved it too. Holly has really captured the craziness and beauty of the city and had my dying to hop on a plane to go back and explore some more. And when it came to the bit about the Bullet Trains I got really excited and had to share the facts with my train-obsessed five year old!
Japan is the perfect backdrop for Harriet’s modelling assignment and as she finds herself in a series of increasingly surreal scenarios (that in true Harriet style, don’t go particularly well) I was turning the pages as fast as I could to find out what happened next. There are some brilliants twists in the story and I loved that it kept me guessing as to what was going on. With a heart-melting and heart-warming ending I was sad to see this book end and I can’t wait for more!
Model Misfit is out now in paperback and ebook formats.
I’d like to thank the publisher for providing a review copy of this book via Netgalley.
Find out more about Holly and her writing at: http://holsmale.com/