In “Picture Perfect”, the Manners take New York. Harriet and her family have to move when her dad gets a new job. The family is uprooted to a tiny suburb in the middle of nowhere (but still close to New York so yay? I don’t know. I was as disappointed as Harriet that they were not in actual NYC). Harriet is about to try again at being a model and honestly I don’t really care. I’m just here for Nick. Who is busy on the other side of the world being a model. I loved Harriet, her wonky family and Wilbur and they made this book for me. Personally I just wanted to see Nick and Harriet together because I feel like we haven’t seen enough of their relationship in the present but that didn’t happen. All the same, I loved seeing New York through Harriet’s eyes. This was a great read that had me laughing throughout
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I started “Model Misfit” immediately after finishing “All Wrapped Up.” I was that interested in Nick and Harriet’s story. So you can imagine my shock and horror when a few pages into this book, I find out that THEY BROKE UP. Be still my aching heart. When her summer plans fall apart and her parents go baby crazy, Harriet jumps up at the chance to model in Japan. Harriet is excited to be away from home but that changes when she runs into Nick who is also shooting in Japan. All of Harriet’s plans start to fall apart (again) as she starts accidentally messing up her shoots in a big way. Obviously this upsets her boss, Yuka. As hurt as I was about Nick and Harriet’s break-up, I couldn’t help but be drawn in by Harriet’s antics in this book. “Model Misfit” is (impossibly) funnier than “Geek Girl” and I couldn’t stop laughing (when I wasn’t crying over Nick. Because yes, it makes sense for me to be sad about the break-up of characters over a decade younger than me). Like “All Wrapped Up”, I had to get myself a print copy of “Model Misfit”. I didn’t even wait to finish the book. I just knew that I needed a print copy of my own. If you’re looking for a funny and light read, I definitely recommend you try this book.
Harriet Manners is a geek. She knows tons of facts that no one really cares about. However despite her excellent IQ, her classmates don’t like Harriet that much. In fact, they have labelled her a geek.
So when Harriet is accidentally discovered by a modelling agent, she takes the opportunity to reinvent herself. Sure it’s been her best friend’s dream since forever to be a model and Harriet’s mother has expressly forbidden her from modelling. But none of these things matter as much to Harriet as reinventing herself. I’ve had this book for a while and never picked it up. In fact I only started it because I was bored and I wanted a quick and light read before bed. I started this at 9PM and finished it at 6PM the next day. This book instantly hooked me. I listened to the audiobook, read the paperback at home and the ebook on Scribd while I was at work. I loved meeting Harriet’s colorful family, her creepy stalker, Toby and learning all of her geeky facts. I devoured this book and could not get enough. If you are looking for a light, fun read, I definitely recommend this book. I cannot wait to start on the sequel.
The Good Luck Girls are anything but lucky. The girls are sold to a “welcome” house as children, marked with “favors” to depict their positions as “Good Luck Girls” and trained to entertain “brags” (men who have enough money to pay for the girls attention). When Clementine accidentally kills a brag on her Lucky Night (the first night a Good Luck Girl officially starts her night-time duties), the girls rally together to protect her the only way they can- they run away. The girls know that if they are caught they face death or a brutal punishment even worse than death. They are joined on their journey by a mysterious rangeman who has a few secrets of his own but is willing to help the girls escape. The group try to track down Lady Ghost, a possibly fictional character mentioned in countless bedtime stories, in order to remove their favors. Along the way they have to battle the law, the wilderness and even vengeful spirits. I received an ARC copy of this book in exchange for a review. From the very first line, I was hooked. I loved the writing, the world-building, the characters, EVERYTHING! This was a book about strong females fighting against a world who didn’t see them as equal and I loved that. The ending was spectacularly beautiful and I cannot wait for the sequel. This book was everything I didn’t know I needed in a novel and I enjoyed it immensely.
Andie is a Type A who always has her every move mapped out. As the daughter of a Congressman, her every word and every action has to be to ensure that she projects the best possible image of herself and her dad. But when scandal hits and her father has to stay away from the office, Andie loses her summer internship and they’re both stuck in a house together. Neither Andie or her dad have been alone together since before the death of her mother. Desperate for something-anything- to occupy her time, Andie takes the first job she can find. She ends up working as a dog walker and that is when she meets Clarke. Clarke is kinda nerdy but very cute and there is a very obvious chemistry between them. I’ve had this book for a few years and I haven’t read it mainly because I am not a huge fan of contemporary. However I loved this book and was glued from the very first page. “The Unexpected Everything” is fun, entertaining, light-hearted and heart-warming. I couldn’t stop reading and I loved every second of it. Andie has a beautiful support system with her friends and family and I loved seeing her with them. If you’re looking for your next summer read, I strongly suggest this one.
I picked this up expecting a nice, fun, light-hearted read. And it was. Until it wasn’t. Bontle Tau is a twenty-something (her age changes throughout the book so I don’t even know if she knows her real age) who is living “the life”. She has a business, lives in a penthouse, drives an expensive car and uses designer clothing. As she mentions throughout the book, she may not have a degree but she has street smarts. She also has several blessers. I loved how over the top Bontle’s life was. I flew through this book in a few hours. However the second part of this book turns a bit darker and Bontle’s picture perfect life starts to show more than a few cracks. I immensely enjoyed this book but the ending left me chilled. I had grown fond of Bontle and it was tough for me to NOT root for her throughout the way. Yes, she is self-absorbed and vain but she was clever in her own way (with her street smarts and MENcology). Definitely give this book a try. It’s hilarious, it’s moving and it’s entertaining.
SPOILER ALERT If there was anyone who could be in her situation and wear it without any shame, it would be her. The ending devastated me SPOILER ALERT**
When smooth and suave Ashish Patel is dumped by his hot long distance girlfriend, his self-confidence and basketball skills take a nosedive. Previously so popular with the ladies, Ashish is now self-conscious and a mess. His parents assure him it is just a part of being young and when the times come, they will find him someone better. So Ashish challenges them to do it now- find a girl that will interest him AND meet all of his parent’s strict requirements. So they do. They match him with Sweetie Nair, an Indian-American athlete who is fat. Sweetie doesn’t mind that she is fat. Neither does Ashish. However her mother can barely seem to look past that fact so Sweetie decides that she is going to show her that she is more than her weight. But as Ashish and Sweetie start to spend time together they eventually find that there is a connection between the two of them. This was a sweet read that I adored immensely. Sweetie and Ashish were a great match (at this point, as an Indian, I’m convinced I should enlist my family members to find me a match) and I was surprised that they suited so well. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants a light YA read.
Sweetie loves her parents, but she’s so tired of being told she’s lacking because she’s fat. She decides it’s time to kick off the Sassy Sweetie Project, where she’ll show the world (and herself) what she’s really made of.
Ashish and Sweetie both have something to prove. But with each date they realize there’s an unexpected magic growing between them. Can they find their true selves without losing each other
When Vincent, Jules, Sylvie, and Sam receive an SMS on a Friday evening about a mandatory team-building escape room challenge, they all rush to attend. These competitive, cut-throat employees cannot afford to upset the company board while there are rumors of people being laid off. However this escape room is unlike any other. It is an elevator with questions posed based on the teams personal life and the dirty deeds they have done to get ahead at work. This book had me entranced till the very end. I could put it down and found myself reading while walking around the office (almost walked into a door too) and throughout my lunch breaks. This is a well written book with an intriguing plot and several twists and turns that I most certainly did NOT see coming. Definitely read this. You will not regret it
In this last installment of “City of Wishes”, Elle is finally free of her evil stepmother AND she has magic. I was pretty excited to read this because it looked like things were finally going well for her. Of course that didn’t last long. Elle wants to share her knowledge with the King as well as stop the Godmother and her army of vampires (there’s a sentence I never thought I’d ever see). What I really liked about this is that although it wrapped things up (which made me kinda have lower expectations because where could we go from there?) it still packed a punch. There were still things that surprised me and some which left me speechless. I have been reading Rachel Morgan’s books for a while now so I like to entertain myself in trying to spot her twists and turns beforehand. However this installment still managed to knock my guesses out the park. Now that this book is complete you have absolutely no reason not to read. Definitely pick it up. I promise you won’t regret it.
After wishing for her freedom and Dex’s health, Elle is forced to pay the price. This time the Godmother requires her to go into the Never Woods and complete a quest that will change her life. I was on edge throughout this book just waiting for the other shoe to drop. The Never Woods reminded me of The Hazel Wood. It had the same creepy but compelling atmosphere about it which I enjoyed immensely. I especially liked how things seemed to be looking up for Elle for once. This was a really quick, well-written read and I cannot wait to see how things end in the final installment.