Model Misfit by Holly Smale (Geek Girl #2)

Back in March I reviewed Geek Girl by Holly Smale. I received a free copy of it from the publisher and earlier this week I received an ARC (advance review copy) of the sequel, Model Misfit, for review. I’d been really looking forward to Model Misfit coming out next week so I was super excited to get it. Once I submitted the request I was somewhat obsessively checking Netgalley to see if it had been auctioned yet. I never do that!

Here’s the details:

How many pages? 400
Release date? 26th September
How long did it take me to read this? Three days
Would I recommend this book? definitely. Don’t read the rest of this review, just go preorder it.
Would I lend this to someone? only if I was 100% sure they’d return it!
Do I want to read more by this author? yup! I think Holly Smale could become a favourite
Will I read it again? oh yes. I’m thinking about rereading Geek Girl next.

“My name is Harriet Manners, and I am still a geek.”

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 this. Loved it loved it, loved it. Sometimes sequels feel like a let down. This most definitely wasn’t. Basically if you like good books you need to get a copy and read it.

I heard the other day that netgalley books can expire from certain e readers. Word is they don’t from Kindles. But this is still the first of the books I’ve had via Net Galley that I’m like “I know I’ve got a copy but I want to buy one anyway just in case.” A paper copy so I can make people read it (mostly my sister).

I laughed out loud a lot reading this. And I read huge chunks of it at a time. My “a few pages” before going to sleep at midnight last night turned into over 20% of it. Yeah it was a later night than I planned. This afternoon when I was finishing it I was trying not to look at the % on my Kindle because I didn’t want it to end. That’s not something I’ve thought when reading for ages (then again, pretty much the last thing I read was Les Miserables by Victor Hugo. Brilliant book but my god the man needed an editor.). But actually even discounting Les Mis the same is true.

Harriet is just as brilliant as ever as are her family. I was a little disappointed to not see as much of her parents but the errant Grandmother was pretty cool. And there were a few very interesting hints of her history that makes me think she has more to being. I suspect my initial wondering if she was going to get spotted as a model by Wilbur/Yuka too will prove not to come true in the third book in the trilogy but I could definitely see it. What I didn’t see coming was a couple of the twists. And some of the oh so teenage angst moments. I like it when I don’t even have a hint.

I ended my review of Geek Girl with the following:

This is one of those books I feel like I can’t recommend highly enough. If I was to describe my thoughts as I finished the book in just three words it would be these three: “I Want More.” And luckily for me rumour has it Holly Smale is already at work on the sequel.

I could very easily end my review of Model Misfit by Holly Smale in the same way. But in the interests of trying to avoid repetition (I’m sure Harriet would have an explanation for why repetition should be avoided. I don’t I just think its a good idea) I’ll say that I’m very very glad I’ve been on a YA kick this year and this book if perfect for both YA fans and those (both adults and teens) wanting an introduction to the genre. I don’t think you necessarily have to have read Geek Girl before Model Misfit but you should. You really, really should.

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