Wednesday 8 April 2015

Picture Perfect by Holly Smale

Harriet Manners knows more facts than most.

She knows that New York is the most populous city in the United States. She knows that its official motto is ‘Ever Upward’. She knows that one in thirty-eight people living in the US lives there.

But she knows nothing whatsoever about modelling in the Big Apple and how her family will cope with life stateside. Or ‘becoming a brand’ as the models in New York say. And even more importantly, what to do when the big romantic gestures coming your way aren’t from your boyfriend…

Does geek girl go too far this time?

These are a few of my thoughts:

  • Harriet moves to New York, because her dad has found a job out there, so she uses the opportunity to try her luck at modelling again - realised she missed it, missed the travelling, the excitement. But they actually moved about 2 hours outside of the city, so her dreams of a penthouse apartment with a view of New York's skyline is ruined.
  • something shocking: Harriet actually breaks the rules! She is desperate to see New York, to see Nick, that she runs away. Her parents go crazy with worry and Harriet quickly needs to learn something about taking responsibility for her actions
  • I really liked how grown up this story was, especially with Harriet going off and doing her own thing. Yeah, she should have told her parents but she needed the experience and she learned not to do it again... in the end. 
  • She also has to deal with something new: another boy liking her. But as she finds out, things are a bit more complicated than that and she discovers another rather unsavory part of modelling: weird groupies. 
  • Finally, the heartbreaking ending. It was horrible and techinically logical but still it broke my heart and it sucked

Published 5th June 2014 by HarperCollins.

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