Harriet Manners is a model.
She used to be a geek, but now she has transformed into a creature of grace and sophistication. She is completely at one with the world of fashion.
Except she’s not.
In fact, Harriet feels even less popular and more awkward now than she did when she was just a geek. So when Yuka Ito invites her to go to Japan and be the face of her new label, Harriet seizes the chance to get away.
Harriet might have to bring along her crazy grandma Bunty, and she might run into Nick, the gorgeous costar who unceremoniously dumped her two months ago. But no one is going to ruin her fabulous Tokyo summer.
Unless she accidentally ruins it herself…
I loved Geek Girl earlier this year, but its sequel….
Um, I think it showed me the flaws that were in Geek Girl that I ignored.
To be fair, Model Misfit wasn’t a total flop. But I did make the cringe face more than a couple of times throughout my read.
Before I get “nasty”, I’d like to say at its core this is not a bad book. It is very enjoyable. It is a feel good book. The sort of book that’s perfect to read in short bursts while you wait for the cable guy to set up the wireless at your new apartment (okay, just giving an example of my reading experience). It’s nice fluff.
And I like fluff. Don’t get me wrong, good fluff is hard to come by and should be enjoyed. It’s just that sometimes fluff like this is clearly written for profit.
Because I am really wondering was a sequel necessary?
There wasn’t anything relevant to the plot in this one. It just felt like a tact on installment.
I think a lot of it had to do with the lack of character development. The side characters are one dimensional as ever. Harriet’s dad acts ridiculously childish. Her agent’s dialogue while sometimes hilarious sometimes grates. And Harriet herself. Is soooo grating.
I get that the book is suppose to be over the top, but I’d like to see some development with the character. Having her remain in status like this is a problem I see with lots of pink books. Case in point, the middle part of the Princess Diaries novels and the ever continuing Becky Bloomwood series (you’d think her husband would get a clue and cut up the credit cards at this point and banish her to a cabin in the middle of nowhere with no Wi Fi and the nearest Wal-Mart is like two hours away). These characters just stayed the same to produce more books. Okay, in Mia’s case she finally grew up, but Becky is still binge shopping. I’m afraid that five books from now Harriet will still be spewing out useless facts in outfits that only a three-year-old high on LSD would pick.
As for the romance in this installment, I didn’t care for it. I actually didn’t mind Nick in the first book, but I hated the set up in this one. Which involved a lot of girl hate. Yes, I get girls can be mean, but it’s such a groan worthy cliche that I have no words about it.
And yes, I get it was one big misunderstanding on one of the parties part. But still, I have my bitchy face (oh, wait, that’s my normal face-have recently learned I have a case of resting bitch face since several people have “kindly” t0ld me to smile more-um, NOT going to happen) on about this relationship.
I really don’t even get the attraction between the two of them at this point. Harriet is…well, she’s like Sheldon Cooper’s more emotionally immature little sister and Nick is just a dick (okay, I couldn’t help myself it rhymed).
Model Misfit wasn’t a complete disaster for me, but it was a harsh wakeup call. I just could not see past some things. While there were occasions that the quirks I found in the first book were charming, a lot of the time they felt gimmicky. I will be continuing on but with high caution, I hope this series goes more in the vein of the Princess Diaries books than the Shopaholic books. At least Mia eventually grew up. Alas, after this installment, I have a feeling that Geek Girl: Ties the Knot (if it were to ever be published) would include an over neurotic twenty-seven year-old Harriet who still wore outfits out of Claudia Kishi’s closet and talked about random facts that obviously make her a geek-probably about weddings that no one will want to know about. She’ll also do something fairly stupid like piss off the Wedding DJ or getting into a food fight at her wedding. I don’t know. Just something that is ridiculously cringe worthy.
Overall Rating: I’m giving it a cautious B. I did enjoy this book, but yeah it had its flaws and I have a feeling after I read the third installment I might be shaking my head in retrospect.