Two For One Reviews is a meme that I do in which I review two books that have a common element be it the same series, genre, author, or topic. These are full reviews and not recaps, but it allows me to have more posts and more content here on the blog.
The Geek Girl Series is a UK phenomenon that just recently was published here in the states. I actually really prefer the UK covers compared to the US ones. I read both of the first and the second in this series extremely fast and they are loads of fun!
Author: Holly Smale
Genre: YA Contemporary
Received: For Review
Published: January 27th, 2015 (US) by Harper Teen
Geek + runway = a hilarious runaway hit! This bestselling UK debut is full of humor and high-fashion hijinks—and now it’s coming to America. Harriet Manners is tired of being labeled a geek. So when she’s discovered by a modeling agent, she seizes the chance to reinvent herself. There’s only one problem: Harriet is the definition of awkward. Does she have what it takes to transform from geek to chic? Geek Girl is the first book in a hilarious new trilogy. It was also the #1 bestselling YA debut of 2013 in the UK, where it was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Best Book for Teens. With all the humor and fabulous shenanigans of Louise Rennison’s Confessions of Georgia Nicolson and Meg Cabot’s The Princess Diaries, Geek Girl is about to become an international superstar.
Geek Girl was just so much fun! I read it in one day and it truly was a pick me up read. It is light and fun. Harriet Manners is so incredibly awkward and adorkable at the same time that you can't help but fall in love with her. Anyone can relate to how imperfect Harriet is, but at the same time she is dealing with crazy circumstances that are so much fun to read. While I did really enjoy reading Geek Girl there were a few problems that I had with the book that really stopped me from rating it a bit higher.
Harriet Manners is a really quirky character and I loved it. Some of the things she says, does, and thinks are absurd and hysterical. I loved her. I also loved her family and their strange dynamic. They are completely dysfunctional and it was just lovely to read. There were some British mannerisms that were really cute as well.
I love the beginning of the romance between Harriet and Nick. It is really sweet and innocent. It is just adorable to read in YA. It isn't really angst or overly dramatic, but just sweet. I also really liked the importance of friendship in the story and how it played such a major role in the story and in Harriet's life.
I did have a few problems with this book, which really pulled me back from loving it. It reads very young. I think Harriet is around 15 years old, she may be a bit younger or older I read this a few months back, but it just read more like a MG than a YA. Harriet's voice in the story is very young and she is very naive. She does a lot of childish things as well. My other problem, which is probably just a major reading pet peeve of mine, is that there were parts of the book where it is written as if Harriet is speaking to the reader. Ugh, I just can't stand that. It bothers me, mainly because it reads very young, but it also just doesn't make sense and is just a lot of info dump or trying to push a character's voice. It was just unnecessary and I wish it wasn't there.
I really thought this was a super cute read. I really love Harriet Manners as a character and her story is just so much fun to read. Wouldn't you love to be spotted by a modeling agency? I am definitely looking forward to following Harriet's journey.
When I saw Model Misfit on edelweiss I just had to read it. I read it in one morning and literally couldn't put it down.
Author: Holly Smale
Genre: YA Contemporary
Received: For Review
Releases: July 21st, 2015 by Harper Teen
“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?
I read this whole book in one sitting in the morning. This series is just so easy to read. It is so much fun and ugh just so sweet and cute. I feel like I enjoyed this one even more than the first. I was a little bit more adjusted to Holly Smale's writing style and Harriet's voice wasn't as young in this book. There was still the character talking to the reader going on at times that I still don't like. The craziness of the plot was even more eccentric this time around and I still loved it.
Harriet may have this crazy circumstantial plot with the modeling career, but she is going through a lot of conflicts that are easy to relate to. I love that she goes through everything with her quirky sensibility and her special view of the world. It was fun to see her grandmother and that relationship in this book.
I thought it was so much fun that this book was set in Japan. I loved that we got to see Harriet explore Tokyo as well as do her photoshoots. There was so much high jinx and hidden agendas at play that made this book a lot more entertaining than the previous one.
I think I fell in love with Nick in this book. There were so many swoon worthy moments. That I just can't wait to see where there relationship goes. I love that he is really genuine and a good guy. Harriet's stalker on the other hand is just a weird plot line that I hope doesn't continue in the next book.
It was great to see how everything turned out for a happy ending. It was so cute and I can't wait to find out what happens next or happened since the books are technically already published. I recommend these books if you're looking for a fluffy and cute read. I think they would be perfect for the beach because they are really light and happy.
Have you read either of these books? What did you think of them? Also, which of the covers do you prefer the US or the UK?