Author: Holly Smale
Series: Geek Girl #2
Published: 26 September 2013 by Harper Collins
Length: 356 pages
Other info: I kind of enjoyed Geek Girl (review here). Picture Perfect is coming in June.
Summary : “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?
Review: The book begins when Harriet is doing a modelling job. And then rushes to her physics GCSE. This essentially sums her up from Geek Girl. Then it’s summer time, but none of her friends can stay around. It looks like it’s going to be the worst summer ever...until she goes to Japan to model for Yuka. Which would also involve seeing nick. Which would be good if they hadn’t recently broken up. Over in Japan, Harriet, despite knowing lots of things like how any nerve cells are in the brain and the chances of dying in a plane accident, she still has a lot to learn.
When I started this, I immediately decided it was better than Geek Girl because I didn’t want to punch Harriet (I really hated her voice to start with, but then got used to it and started liking it).
Harriet is a bit more mature here, having to figure out where she fits in her family, standing up for herself and being independent.
There’s some new characters here, models Rin and Poppy. who both provide different things, and the return of favourites like Yuka and Nick.
I’d have liked to see more of the family side of Geek Girl. I get that half of it is in Japan, but the family is my favourite thing about this series because they're written so realistically, and big drama things in the first half are happening and then we leave them so I’m hoping that in book three, we see them again.
I like the use of flashbacks to reveal what happened between Nick and Harriet. Current plotwise, it was hard to see what was happening until the end.
Overall: Strength 3.5 tea, a bit more a 4, to a second book in a series that is growing on me.