Review: Sunny Side Up (Holly Smale)

file_000-5Title: Sunny Side Up (A Geek Girl Special)

Author: Holly Smale

Publisher: Harper Collins

Genre: Contemporary

Release: Out now!

Which animal is similar to this book? I already reviewed the Geek Girl series altogether (you can see it here: Review: Geek Girl series (Holly Smale) and I compared the whole series to a young giraffe, but I don’t like to repeat comparisons so this time, I’m comparing it to a swan. Harriet, despite all her issues, is a model and quite a good one considering her steady stream of jobs and the reputation she has. In this way, the similarity is the grace they both share; a swan glides across the water in a balanced and elegant way, just as a model floats along a catwalk in impossibly high heels (seriously, how?). However, have you ever seen a swan take off on water? It flaps its wings firmly and smacks the water loudly with each stroke; it looks clumsy and messy, but it gets the job done. It flies, it can fly very well, it’s just the actual take-off which looks messy. Harriet does some silly things and she often appears clumsy but most of the time, she ends up okay. Harriet = swan.

The blurb says: Harriet Manners knows MANY facts. But none of them are going to help her survive Paris Fashion Week…

A short blurb, but if you know Geek Girl, you don’t need anymore details to know it’s going to be hilarious, eventful and probably emotional. The story follows Harriet through various modelling jobs around Paris Fashion Week, and in true Harriet-style, the excitement becomes a bit too much for her of course. With Harriet’s blinded optimism, what could possibly go wrong? Unless your answer to that was “literally everything”, you are wrong…

I love each and every one of the Geek Girl books; they’re just beautifully written, hilarious and so witty. People have films they watch when they’re ill; I have Geek Girl. It’s the first series I ever properly obsessed over, and one of the reasons I got into blogging; I know everyone knows the series is amazing but I wanted to say it out loud publicly and maybe let other girls find it the way I did.

I think it’s a good series for young girls to read because Harriet’s a bit of a social mess, she has friends who accept and love her so in the end, it almost doesn’t matter 20160804_163103at all. Sunny Side Up is a beautiful display of Harriet’s optimism and I love that there’s a bonus story from Nick’s perspective of the first time him and Harriet met! It’s a lovely moment and made me want to reread the whole series again!

I love every Geek Girl book, so of course, 10 out of 10 paw prints! I can’t wait to read the final book in the series (although I’m slightly heartbroken it’s ending so I’m really hoping Holly Smale writes new books I can enjoy…).

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Review: Geek Girl series (Holly Smale)

20160804_173138Titles: Geek Girl, Model Misfit, Picture Perfect, All That Glitters, Head Over Heels (also available: All Wrapped Up, Sunny Side Up and Geek Drama)

Author: Holly Smale

Publisher: Harper Collins

Release: All out now!

Genres: Contemporary and comedy.

Which animal is similar to this book? To me, this book resembles a young giraffe. Giraffes are known for their grace and beauty since they’re so elegant in the way they walk and carry themselves. However, young giraffes are neither graceful nor elegant. A young giraffe will continuously trip over and stumble since their legs are obviously so long compared to their body. This book is beautiful and charming, but there are parts of it that make me, as the reader, cringe because I don’t want them to happen to the characters. Just as it would hurt an animal lover to see a young giraffe struggle through the first portion of its life, it hurts to see the characters metaphorically and literally stumble through their lives, affecting themselves in often negative ways. However, it helps to believe that the characters and the plot line will eventually mature into having a beautiful and much happier theme. 

The blurb of the first book says: Harriet Manners knows a lot of things. Cats have 32 muscles in each ear. Bluebirds can’t see the colour blue. The average person laughs 15 times per day. Peanuts are an ingredient of dynamite. But she doesn’t know why nobody at school seems to like her. So when she’s given the chance to reinvent herself, Harriet grabs it. Can she transform from geek to chic?

This is a lovely series following the life of geeky Harriet Manners who has always been a victim of bullying, unpopular and obsessed with facts. She has a lack of social skills which is sometimes painful to read, knowing she’s saying/doing the wrong thing in the situation. The friends she has throughout the series are good and a variety of people, with her best friend being Nat, who is interested in fashion. The premise is that Harriet has the chance to become a model as she is spotted at a fashion show unexpectedly. This obviously is a shock and is hard to adapt to since she’s spent her whole life not bothering with her appearance as such, but she slowly learns what it’s all about.

This series is a wonderful read which is not only hilarious, but emotional as it follows Harriet’s life, downfalls and successes. It’s impossible to put down any of the books, and you’ll find yourself emotionally attached to the characters. Another good point about these books is that they don’t end with bad cliffhangers; although there are questions about where the story will go, the ending isn’t left off, so there is closure!

Each of these books is amazing in its own way, Holly Smale is a fantastic writer and captures Harriet’s voice beautifully in a way that makes it easy to picture her and to imagine what she is like. It’s also very easy to see how she gets into the situations she does as one thing leads to another and I feel if I was put into that environment, I would react very similarly to her, so it’s easy to find ways to relate to her, as well as to the other characters.20160804_163103

The Geek Girl series is my all-time favourite series, so it easily gets 10 out of 10 paw prints! Go and read them right now!