Edition: Harper Collins Hardback (signed)
Release Date: June 5 2014
Series: Geek Girl #3
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Source: Received as an ARC from Harper Collins Australia (Thank you)
Links: Goodreads | Author's Website | Buy the book
I'm just going to say it now, Holly Smale is awesome. Her books never fail to impress. It's like instant candy floss, in the sense that I'm always smiling, laughing and enjoying every moment of the Geek Girl series. Picture Perfect was no exception.
Picture Perfect the third and thankfully not the final of the Geek Girl series is a bit different to the other two, despite being set shortly after the sequel. Harriet is no longer working for Yuko Ito and wants only to spend time with her best friends, cute boyfriend and loud new sibling. But when Harriet is told she'll be temporarily moving to New York, that's not the case. At first Harriet pictures glamour, the big lights and all that comes with the big apple. But when arrives she see's that this might not be the case.
Ok so.. I think I've come to a decision. Harriet Manners is one of my favourite protagonists in YA. Her voice is refreshing, honest, hilarious and relatable. I'd love to be friends with Harriet and I think my education would benefit from it; seeing as she is basically a walking trivia book. I was loving the facts. Geek Girl as a series, revolves around a lot of self-discovery and acceptance. A message I've always appreciated as it's an important one for the YA age group. So seeing as this is book 3 and Harriet is constantly growing despite still staying the same socially awkward teen, I feel proud to have seen her character evolve over time.
Harriet is flawed. She is insecure, clumsy, awkward and sometimes doesn't make the best choices. But I think that's what sets her apart from the long list of characters in YA with the same personalities. Her curious and intelligent nature makes her a entertaining lead, who stands out from the bunch. I also gotta mention that I loved seeing a rebellious nature to her character.
The relationships in Picture Perfect were a large part of the plot. Harriet has never been a girlfriend before so things are still new between her and Nick but I adored what they shared. Their relationship wasn't without complication but it was caring, innocent and selfless. Towards the end I was just going 'aww <3', every few minutes. What would their ship name be? Narriet? Hick?
I also loved the addition of Tabby to the Manners family, too cute. You definitely see Harriet's step mother and her father take on stronger parenting rules. It was obvious they were trying their best even though they were occupied with other things; new jobs and a newborn. In the first 2 novels Harriet's father is portrayed as a funny character much like Harriet but in Picture Perfect we see that he does take his role quiet serious. Annabel and her father make such a good parenting team because they really do support Harriet.
I thought it wasn't as funny as the other two and maybe even more serious, but I still adored it. It was an average sized book yet I still couldn't believe I'd reached the end. Holly Smale is a great writer and she really excels in characterisation. Her books are uplifting and amusing, I can't wait to see what's to come.
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