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Model Misfit

Holly Smale
Model Misfit“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?

Ok, so when I heard that there was a Geek Girl 2 I was so pleased because I am Geek girl’s biggest fan (I even have the glasses!) so pleased in fact I read it in 2 days flat. (Not quite a personal record but very close!) So Harriet Manners is 15 and she is a Geek… and a model, spotted a year ago unexpectantly by a top modelling agency (if you have no idea what I’m on about then read my last Geek Girl review) she is kind, clumsy and it’s her GCSE final today and after that she will have the whole long summer holiday ahead of her. So she does the exam and announces to her friend Nat that she has the summer holiday planned out. Nat tells her that because she was caught trying out eye shadow in Boots instead of practising her French GCSE so she has to go to a desolate farm in France to practice there. Suddenly Hattie has a lot of time on her hands…

After ruining yet another modelling opportunity she thinks her modelling career is all over until her agent tells her that she is going to Tokyo and all she has to do is convince her parents…

When she gets there she meets her Grandmother, her ex-boyfriend and some new friends… or foes. After being attacked by an octopus, getting stuck in a box with a cockroach, slipping over in a lake and wearing high-heeled shoes in a Sumo wrestling ring, I think she could say her modelling career has been well, interesting.

Find out about new friends, new enemies, new family members and a whirlwind trip to Tokyo. Boyfriends, best friends, babies, bugs and loads more in a book not to be missed!

Verdict: you will die if you don’t read this book. Enough said.

Reviewed by Daisy (12)

Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s
Publication Date: September 2013
Format: Paperback
Pages: 356
Genre: Contemporary, Humour
Age: YA
Reviewer: Daisy(12)
Source: Provided by publisher
Challenge: British book
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Geek Girl Giveaway!

Following the huge success of ‘Geek Girl’, Holly Smale has returned with Model Misfit.

Model MisfitHarriet Manners is back and she is 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?

To learn more about Harriet and her adventures visit the series Facebook page here
Geek Girl will be published on the 26th of September and is available to pre order from Amazon (here)

To celebrate the release we have teamed up with Harper Collins Children’s Books to offer you the chance to win both Geek Girl and Model Misfit!


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Geek Girl Blog Tour: Book Extract

Both Daisy (11) and I (31 and 1/2) absolutely adore Geek Girl, the hilarious and touching contemporary, by debut author Holly Smale. We are equal parts honoured and delighted share this glimpse of Harriet Manners (from chapter 11) in all of her list making, uncoordinated, geeky glory.

geek girlHarriet Manners knows a lot of things.
She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn’t quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she’s spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend’s dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.
As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn’t seem to like her any more than the real world did.
And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?

People Who Hate Harriet Manners

Alexa Roberts

Hat Lady

Owners of stalls 24D 24E 24F 24G 24H

I try to blame Nat’s coat dangling on the floor, but Hat Lady is having none of it. There is a lot of squeaking: mine, mostly, followed by hers. And then the crowd gets suddenly bigger.

Apparently I haven’t just knocked over the hat table. Her stall has dominoed into the stall next to it, which has dominoed into the stall next to that, and before I know what’s happening there are six stalls, strewn creatively over the floor, with me lying in a heap in the middle. It’s the fault of those silly fake partitions, in my opinion. They just aren’t stable enough.

Clearly, neither am I.

“This is why I didn’t want you to touch the hats,” Hat Lady is screaming at me as I struggle to get up.

Every time I put my hand down, something crunches. And not in a good-crunch kind of way. In a hand- through-hat kind of way. “You’ve ruined everything!”

From my position on the floor I can see that the tables have crushed at least seven hats, and another three have been hit by the jug of water on one of the now tipped-over chairs. Along with the sign. Another four hats have shoe-shaped dents in them and footprints on the brim. I’m sitting on at least three.

OK, she has a point.

“I’m sorry,” I’m saying over and over again (crunch, crunch, crunch). Everywhere I look are the faces of people who don’t seem to like me very much. “I’m really sorry. I’ll pay for it. I’ll pay for all of it.”

I have no idea how, but I suspect it’s going to involve a lot of car washing and about six hundred years’ worth of groundings.
“It’s not enough,” the woman yells. “This is my biggest sale day of the year! I need to attract a client base!”
I look around briefly. From the size of the crowd, she’s definitely attracted something.

“I’m sorry,” I say again, with my face flaming – because I really, truly, honestly am – and I’m just about to burst into guilty tears when a man wearing a fluorescent yellow jacket and a jaunty black hat leans forward and grabs hold of my hand.

“I’m afraid you’re going to have to come with me,” he says firmly. Then he looks at Hat Lady. “Don’t worry, Sugar,” he adds. “She’s going to pay for the hats. I’ll make sure of it personally.” And he starts leading me away from the carnage.

I gape at him, totally speechless.

So far today, I have nearly died of my own fake illness, fallen over – three times – been shouted at, humiliated, vomited on, abandoned and I’ve managed to trash an entire section of an indoor market. And now, just at the point where I thought it was impossible for things to get worse…

I’ve just been arrested.

Massive thanks go to the team at HarperCollins Children’s books for giving us permission to share this excerpt with you today.

Geek Girl by Holly Smale was published on the 28th February and is available now in paperback (£6.99) and e-book formats.

Read Daisy’s review of Geek Girl here.

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Geek Girl

Holly Smale
geek girlMy name is Harriet Manners, and I am a Geek, and she knows it; she also knows that peanuts are an ingredient in dynamite. Being a teenager is hard enough and to have a geek reputation… well what’s the point in living? Teenage years hit Harriet like a pink, sparkly sledgehammer and now suddenly if you wear that purple top you like you are seen as a fashion crime and locked up in the world of geeks. Welcome to that world Harriet. It’s not her fault, her family are the ones who watch documentaries on locusts. It seems as if her best friend Nat is the only normal one. It seems as Nat is the only person who actually likes Harriet, everyone else hates her especially Alexa her arch nemesis.

Fashion crazy Nat takes Harriet along to a clothes show to see if she can fulfill her dream of being a model. Suddenly disaster strikes and it’s Harriet who gets spotted by a leading model agency, crushing Nat’s dream of being a model into teeny weeny pieces. As she runs to hide under a table someone else is already there…

Well I don’t want to give any more away but I’m glad to say she gets the happily ever after she needs and I say has definately earned. This book is probably for about 11/12 year olds to about 14/15 year old girls.

Verdict: This book made me laugh, cry and think hard but you should definitely get this book or you will regret getting it for the whole of the rest of your life…ever!

Reviewed by Daisy

Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s
Publication Date: February 2013
Format: Paperback
Genre: Contemporary fiction
Age: YA
Reviewer: Daisy (11)
Source: Received from publisher
Challenge: Debut Author
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