Thursday, July 16, 2015

[Review: Model Misfit by Holly Smale]

"Model Misfit"
Author: Holly Smale
Series: Geek Girl #2
Pages: 400
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Date Published: July 21st, 2015
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format Read: eARC provided by pubisher (via Edelweiss) for honest review

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Summary:

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?
-Goodreads
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My Thoughts:

An Open Letter To Model Misfit,

I love a funny, fluffy, book to cleanse my pallet every once in awhile. You book, were just what the doctor ordered. You had me doubled over in laughter. Again and again. You're just super cute, and I like your characters, a lot. I thought that you were really similar to the first book in your series, which is why I couldn't give you a higher rating, but that doesn't mean that I didn't like you. We're still friends. Promise.

-The White Unicorn 

Just like Geek Girl this book had me doubling over in laughter. Smale sure knows how to write some geniusly awkward characters, and it shines, once again, in Model Misfit. Harriet is back to her old tricks, only this time she's already a model. Or at least she's still trying to be one. I love that even though this book is 6 months in the future from the last pages of Geek Girl, Harriet still hasn't mastered much of anything. She's just the same girl that we all got to meet in book one. It's refreshing, and hilarious.

Though I loved the fact that not much has changed for Harriet, it was also something that made me feel a bit like I was reading the first book all over again. Sure, the adventures were different, and Smale added a few new characters into the mix, but I felt like it was a bit of a repeat action. I just wish that Harriet would have grown a tad from book one to book two.

The plot was cute, and I was glad that we ended up in such a different location. Japan seems like an interesting place, even though I have no inclination to want to go there myself. It was cool to read about all the photo shoots that Harriet ended up doing, and live through her for a minute.

I have to admit that I adored Rin. She was a great addition to Harriet's model world. Plus, it was nice to see Harriet meeting a few girls other than her BFF. 

The romance was also kind of a repeat of book one. Though Harriet and Nick had a few more issues to hash out this time around. Like a breakup and a makeup and a lot of needless confusion along the way. 

I know that it might seem like I didn't like this book all that much, but in all actuality, I did. I just wish that there would have been a bit more character development in the 6 months that we didn't see the characters. That being said it was still a nice break from all the other kinds of books that I've been reading, and I can't dislike a book that makes me smile.

Rating:
3 Unicorns = I liked it a lot, but it had it's issues!     

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