My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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?
Harriet Manners is as hilarious as ever in this second installment in the geek girl series. For the summer, she has been sent across the globe to Tokyo, the land of otaku (geek) and where she thinks she will finally fit. However, things start going wrong from the first day itself, when she finds out Nick moved on with another model, her shoots are a disaster, and Yuka and the crew sort of hates her. Back home, her parents are also preoccupied with their new unborn baby, making her feel alone and insignificant. Lots of craziness ensues, as expected from Harriet being clumsy, but also more than usual. She finds out how vindictive people can actually be, but also how sometimes people are with you every step of the way.
The writing, I will say again, is brilliant. Full of facts and humorous allegories, Smale makes Harriet come alive in a way that she should be. She is a 15 year old girl, filled with insecurities, overwhelmed by the world and specially head-over-heels in love with a guy. She screws up on a regular basis because she is a teen, although still a sensible one. But the misunderstandings, well – if she had not been so quick to jump to conclusions, things could have been way different. I also loved how she finally spoke up to Yuka, about letting her a chance to grow. Overall, it was such an entertaining book, full of laughs. Definitely made my Sunday more pleasant!
Received a free galley from Harper Teen via Edelweiss; this does not influence my opinions or review.