‘Harriet Manners knows a lot of things.
She knows that a cat has 32 muscles in each ear, a “jiffy” lasts 1/100th of a second, and the average person laughs 15 times per day. What she isn’t quite so sure about is why nobody at school seems to like her very much. So when she’s spotted by a top model agent, Harriet grabs the chance to reinvent herself. Even if it means stealing her Best Friend’s dream, incurring the wrath of her arch enemy Alexa, and repeatedly humiliating herself in front of the impossibly handsome supermodel Nick. Even if it means lying to the people she loves.
As Harriet veers from one couture disaster to the next with the help of her overly enthusiastic father and her uber-geeky stalker, Toby, she begins to realise that the world of fashion doesn’t seem to like her any more than the real world did.
And as her old life starts to fall apart, the question is: will Harriet be able to transform herself before she ruins everything?’
Ah. This book. I really had to mull over my feelings before writing a review because it wasn’t all horrible – there were some funny moments and some really heart-warming moments and I have to say that I thought it was written very well. But me and this book did not gel one iota.
First of all, Harriet. Harriet is our main character and self proclaimed ‘geek girl’. Harriet is meant to be fifteen, but she is more naïve then my thirteen year old sister. This was my first gripe. Harriet’s entire personality seems to comprise of an endless list of facts. I really did not warm to her – I found her whiny and childish.
Second of all, the plot. It didn’t feel timed right. The book seemed too short at times- the ending was rushed and yet at some points it dragged. And the love sub-plot had absolutely no development whatsoever which was very annoying.
But my main issue with this book was its complete devolution from reality, and I am not talking about Harriet becoming a model – that does happen occasionally, but the environment – the school, the characters – they just did not seem real. I think this book is much more of a middle grade book then a YA, it caters to what twelve year olds think and dream about what happens when you’re a teenager and I have to say I think twelve year old me would have enjoyed it.
I didn’t hate this book with a passion, but I was glad when I finished it and I don’t think I will be picking up the next book. It was just too fluffy for my tastes and I didn’t really like the main character.