Model Misfit by Holly Smale

Model Misfit

Written by Holly Smale
Part of the Geek Girl Series

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October 2013 Book of the Month Geek girl Harriet Manners is back for a second adventure and this time she is determined to replace her geek self with someone who is glamorous, popular and cool. It’s a great ambition. The only problem is that Harriet Manners hasn’t got a clue how she will manage to achieve it. And the one thing she seriously knows nothing about is boys! Harriet’s life as a model should be full of opportunities to fulfil all her ambitions especially when she is sent off on an assignment to Japan. But instead of finding herself working with other beautiful humans she can be presented with challenges. Such as working with an octopus! Still a geek, Harriet’s drama-filled life remains as entertaining as before.


Model Misfit by Holly Smale

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?

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Loved GEEK GIRL. Wise, funny and true, with a proper nerd heroine you're laughing with as much as at. Almost. James Henry, writer of Smack the Pony and Green Wing

A feel-good satisfying gem that will have teens smiling from cover to cover, and walking a little taller after reading - Books for Keeps


Zoe Crook I couldn't stop reading this book. Yes, people, this is the type of book that will keep you up all night! Don't say you weren't warned! Click here to read the full review

Robin Johansson 14 and Hannah Janman 11. Geek Girl is an amazing book for girls in particular, more of a teenage/issues drama than a child's book. I was so upset when I finished it, I really loved it! ..Click here to read the full review

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Stefanie Tucker, 13
The plot is fresh and I found myself inspired...Click here to read the full review

Delilah Acworth, 13 I recommend this book to teenagers everywhere, it is a timeless classic that will be remembered forever, Read it! Click here to read the full review

Eloise Percy-Davis Age: 12 I love the zany and warm-hearted way that Holly Smale writes and I look forward to reading more of her work! Click here to read the full review

Izzy Read Age: 12
Most people can relate to this book, it covers so many aspects of a person’s life; struggling to fit in, finding out who you are and having problems with friendships. Click here to read the full review

Rachel Bourn age 13 - This is the funniest book I’ve read in a long time. Harriet and her best (ONLY) friend Nat are two of the most entertaining characters I have come across ...Click here to read the full review

Mia Cook age 11 - I would highly recommend Geek Girl to anyone who likes a good laugh and enjoys a one-of-a-kind story ... Click here to read the full review

Safiyah Afghan - A perfect book for teenage girls who enjoy these clever books about ordinary teenagers who undergo radical changes, but stay true to themselve ... Click here to read the full review

Carla Mc Guigan age 12 - This novel was a very interesting read and I really enjoyed reading it. I look forward to reading more of Holly Smale’s books ... Click here to read the full review

Emily Clowes, 11 Geek Girl is an amazing book. Harriet and her best friend, Nat are living in a world of fashion. Being clever doesn't always help you through your troubles and Harriet finds this out when she goes through her teen confusions. This book is filled with laughter and tears; it's a bit like being on a roller coaster and ending up at the end of a catwalk every time.

About the Author

Holly Smale

One of the World Book Day 2015 Authors and March 2015 Author of the Month. Clumsy, a bit geeky and somewhat shy, Holly Smale spent the majority of her teenage years hiding in the changing room toilets at school, scraping abuse off her belongings. After she was unexpectedly spotted by a top London modelling agency at the age of fifteen, nothing changed at all: she spent the following two years falling over on catwalks, going bright red and breaking things she couldn’t afford to replace.

By the time Holly had graduated from Bristol University with a BA in English Literature and an MA in Shakespeare she had given up modelling and set herself on the path to becoming a writer.

Geek Girl was the no. 1 bestselling young adult fiction title in the UK in 2013. It was shortlisted for several major awards including the Roald Dahl Funny Prize and the Branford Boase award, nominated for the Queen of Teen award and won the teen and young adult category of the Waterstones Children's Book Prize and the 11-14 category of the Leeds Book Award.

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400 pages
Interest Age: From 11


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Publication date

26th September 2013




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