Here is the summary of the book:
“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?
Harriet Manners - Oh I love her so! Our favorite Geek turned Super Model is back and spouting all those reasons that made us fall in love with her in the first place. I simply loved every bit of it as Harriet embarks on a journey across the ocean to the land of the Samurais and Manga, Japan without parents, best friend Nat or stalker-turned-friend Toby by her side but with her wacky Grandmother Bunty in tow. In short Model Misfit had all that ingredients to make it into a worthy sequel with the stumbles & fumbles. the sarcasm and the awkwardness and the love that keeps peeping in every corners.
I know I may sound like I am gushing but there is something about Harriet that endears us to her. She is spunky, she is awkward and loves to draw lists and charts way too much. She is a geek. She loves to learn and spews out facts without meaning to or when she gets nervous. Of course Yuka Ito saw something in her which she doesn't seem to realize and she is definitely not that great at modeling ..... but she tries her hardest at it with blunders a plenty, she tries and the results show. It is her imperfectness we adore and that innocence we root for.
Without giving anything away, Model Misfit is the perfect sequel. Harriet is still the same rough-hewn clumsy geek we know, following the dream in fashion. Of course impediments mar her way, someone discrediting her efforts but she doesn't back down and keeps working for a better tomorrow. Being away or rather breaking from Lion Boy doesn't help but then Harriet has been known to mix things up in her nervousness. So it was definitely heartwarming - their reunion, and all the new friends she made in Japan, especially the uber-excitable Rin were the highlights of the ordeal. Holly Smale is by now (after reading her refreshingly fresh books) cemented towards the top of my favorite authors list and I would not have it any other way.
"A hilarious laugh-out-loud fun sequel with its bouts of seriousness, boat loads of facts and dry humor"