Published: April 2016 by HarperCollins Childrens
Genre: Young Adult, Teen, Comedy, Romance, Contemporary
In the fifth instalment (not including the novellas of course) of the Geek Girl series Harriet Manners has finally decided the model life is not for her. But how will her modelling history affect her living a normal life? Will she be able to adjust to life without the pressures of fashion? Will any of her friends follow her carefully planned best days ever?
I may have mentioned this a million times but I will mention it another million before I’m done, the Geek Girl series is amazing! It shows a fantastic array of female role models for young girls, is funny as hell and is written amazingly. I’m kind of a massive fangirl of the whole series.
This book sees Harriet back to her home and back to the very normal life of a student in England. She is carefully planning the most fantastic summer with her friends, picnics, sleepovers and match making. Of course plans never quite go how you think, just when Harriet has everything under control she gets a call from her old friend Wilbur.
Of course she gets swept up in another plan to try and save her friend in need. Like a perfect comedy movie one situation snowballs into another and before you know it she is up to her eyes in lies and problems.
There is some romance in this book and it is completely swoon worthy. The old favourite Nick isn’t back but the new romance is just as fantastic. Yet another thing I love about this series is the lack of instalove and the naivety of Harriet. After all most teenagers aren’t completely clued up in the ways of love, no matter what they think at the time (I was the same don’t worry).
My favourite part of the book is the last quarter. Harriets friends are starting to wear thin from her constant planning and trying to control things that are out of her control. It all comes to a head with a Christmas Carol style realisation of her wrongdoing, seeing that her friends don’t need her meddling after all. I think this is one of the few times I have actually read about a character having such a realisation and actually acting on it. So many times characters (especially in YA) people see their faults and skim over them as just one of those things. But Harriet sees how she needs to improve and grow, as we all do in adolescence.
As UKYA goes I cannot recommend this series enough,it has everything you could ask for in a teen romantic comedy. Three cheers for Harriet Manners! (and Anabel who is my fave, bless her)
This book was provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley.