book review // geek girl: picture perfect by holly smale

28 May 2014

Series: Geek Girl #3
Title: Geek Girl: Picture Perfect
Author: Holly Smale:
Publisher: Harper Collins
Publication Date: 5th June 2014
Source / Format: For review, Hardback
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Summary: "My name is Harriet Manners, and I'll always be a geek."
It's the hilarious third book in the No.1 bestselling, award winning GEEK GIRL series!
Harriet Manners knows more facts that most. She knows that New York is the most populous city in the United States. She knows that its official motto is "Ever Upward". She knows that 28% of Americans believe we never landed on the moon.
But she knows nothing about modelling in the Big Apple, and how her family will cope with life stateside. Or how to "become a brand", as the models in New York put it. And, even more importantly, what to do when the big romantic gestures aren't coming from your boyfriend...
Does geek girl go too far this time?
The laugh out loud follow-up to award winning GEEK GIRL and MODEL MISFIT will have you in stitches.
Finally, I own this book: finally. I remember a couple of months ago thinking how long I had to wait until this book was even published, and time creeped by like a sloth. I hate sloths. They're so slow. Then when I got it I sat down and read the whole book in one sitting - yes I had revision to do, but, hello, priorities. And I loved it. That's it. End of review. 'It was awesome and I adored it'. Oh, you want more? Okay then. No, not okay. NOTHING IS EVER 'okay'. Seriously.
Geek Girl: Picture Perfect is the perfect example of a book series that just keeps on getting better. It doesn't dip and dive into the somewhat inevitable for series: I-am-dragging-this-plot-along-to-make-the-book-longer stage, nor do the characters ever become annoying, or stereotypical. However, saying that, Harriet did irk me a little, her attitude to some things was like the attitude of a small child when it doesn't get what it wants; Harriet Manners knows what the love chemicals are called, she laminates her lists - so technically, she shouldn't act like a young girl; but she does. But, and there is a but, she was meant to be a little annoying to the reader [I think]. Holly Smale is trying to show that while Harriet is intellectually smart and naturally intelligent [although we do see her struggling to work in this book (!!!)], she is still a teenager. A teenager who's life is constantly being turned upside down,; by parents, by siblings, by little men in strange clothes and teenage boys who smell like oranges. Who wouldn't have emotional breakdowns in cupboards every now and then?! [Harriet definitely has something that draws her to furniture when not thinking straight, definitely.]
Wilbur was just, there is no word to describe him. eccawetasky? [eccentric + awesome + fantastic + quirky] [ I can't believe they don't have that word in the dictionary by the way, it's better than half the words they're adding in right now.] I won a competition a while ago to create a Wilbur-ism that would go in the book and I spotted it - look out for 'bless my baby cabbages'; and Nick? Just - wait and see. The ending of Geek Girl: Picture Perfect is a killer, the whole book is a killer really, but it's funny, and fun, and light and exciting and all those good words. So read it. 
Thank you so much to Harper Collins for sending me this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review
postscript. i love how holly smale's author bio is steadily getting longer each book..

1 comment:

  1. I am so looking forward to this book!! Need it in my life, preferably as soon as possible!


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