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A Midsummer Tight’s Dream, Rennison, Louise

5/10

A Midsummer Tights Dream

 

Synopsis

So far I’ve had a bat kiss, a boy who just wants to be my mate and a nose-licking incident. How can you get good at snogging if no one will give you a chance? Tallulah Casey wants a dream snog and the golden slippers of applause. But will her tights lead her astray?

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

Tallulah Casey returns to Dother Hall in this book despite her apparent performing abilities, however when the future of Dother Hall is threatened, Tallulah finds something she is good at. Making a fool of herself.

This book wasn’t as good as the first book in the series as I felt it was more centred around Tallulah’s and the gang’s boy troubles rather than on the performing endeavours they embark on. This was disappointing for me as I felt that the performing element should have been the main story line with the boy drama used as a side plot line to keep the reader interested, not the other way round.

Although this book was still funny and light hearted, it didn’t have as much of an impact on me as the first book did which was surprising. However, I would still recommend this book to someone who was in their young teens. I would certainly not choose to read it, but I am not in the age group that it is aimed at.

The first book in the series can be found here.

Buy this Book on Amazon: A Midsummer Tights Dream (The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey, Book 2)

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Withering Tights – Louise, Rennison

7/10

Withering Tights

 

Synopsis

You know what it’s like when you have your first snog, and it feels like a tiny bat is barging around in your mouth? Of course you do. So you will love Tallulah Casey as she careers about in her tights. She’s your kind of mate.

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

Tallulah Casey is 14 and she is about to attend Dother Hall of Performing Arts for the Summer. There’s just one problem, though. She can’t sing or dance. Throughout this book, the reader follows the adventures or ‘misadventures’ of Tallulah as she shows off her Irish Dancing skills and gets her first kisses from boys.

This is a hilarious book, normally not my type of reading as it is quite simple language, however, I absolutely loved it! In some places, it had me laughing, whilst in others, I felt sympathetic for Tallulah’s predicaments.

I would highly recommend this book to young teens or pre-teens because you are guaranteed to enjoy it in some way, even if this is not your style of reading.

The second book in the series can be found here.

Buy this book on Amazon: Withering Tights (The Misadventures of Tallulah Casey)

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Picture Perfect, Geek Girl Series Book #3 (Smale, Holly)

10/10

Picture Perfect

 

Synopsis

Harriet Manners knows a lot of facts. New York is the most populous city in the United States. Its official motto is ‘Ever Upward’. 27% of Americans believe we never landed on the moon. But she has no idea about modelling Stateside. Or, even more importantly, what to do when the big romantic gestures aren’t coming from her boyfriend…

Overview *Contains Spoilers*

I absolutely loved this book! It was perfect in every way! The characters were well developed. The dilemmas and situations that she faces were realistically portrayed right from page one. In this book, we see once again, that Harriet Manners has absolutely no clue about boys which makes her geekiness stand out even more. She blindly follows the advice from another girl who believes that she knows everything about boys, but Nick (aka Lion Boy) is not your average boy. He is a model and can’t always be available for Harriet at every moment of every day. Harriet is so caught up in her own little world, despondent because of the lack of modelling and upset at being whisked away to New York at a moment’s notice, only to find out that she is not actually staying in the city, that she mistakenly believes everyone is out to get her and that nobody likes her, least of all her parents and her boyfriend.

This book is a rollercoaster of emotions as the reader is brought along on Harriet’s journey to resume her modelling career, put up with a ‘fake’ A level tutor who calls Harriet stupid, and a boyfriend who she believes is neglecting her. Along with all that, her parents forget that it is her birthday and her boyfriend mixes up the train stations so doesn’t get to see Harriet on the special date. Everything seems to go wrong for Harriet that could possibly go wrong, but everything comes together for her at the end of the book.

I loved every moment of this book from start to finish and I was so sad when I had finished it. I would definitely recommend this book to all ages because it was fantastic!

The second book in the series can be found here.

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Model Misfit, Geek Girl Series Book #2 (Smale, Holly)

9/10

Synopsis

“Harriet Manners knows a lot of facts. Humans have 70,000 thoughts per day. Caterpillars have four thousand muscles. The average person eats a ton of food a year. Being a Geek + Model = a whole new set of graffiti on your belongings. But clearly she knows nothing about boys. And on a whirlwind modelling trip to Tokyo, Harriet would trade in everything she’s ever learnt for just the faintest idea of what she’s supposed to do next…”

Overview

This book was even better than the first book in the Geek Girl series! We see Harriet experience more intense emotions that she has ever had. With a new baby brother or sister on the way, she becomes paranoid that her parents are trying to get rid of her, and they won’t stop going on about the baby. At the end of the book, she realises that everyone she thought was against her, with the exception of Poppy, is actually trying to help her and love her. I thought this was a brilliant ending to the second book in the series as it finished on a high note, leaving the reader to wonder about how Harriet is going to cope in new situations in the third book.

Harriet doesn’t understand boys, and it seems, neither does her best friend Nat. They find out together that boys are confusing; Harriet feels like Nick dumps her when actually he is just giving her space to do her GCSEs. Listening to Nat’s advice, she pretends that she is over him, hurting Nick in the process. Then Harriet kicks herself at the end as she realises that she was misinterpreting his messages, coming to the conclusion that he is now dating Poppy, when he isn’t (though Poppy wants him to be her boyfriend).

This book is amazing because Harriet finds out the true meaning of friendship and learns not to jump to conclusions about people without finding out the whole story first. The reader can see Harriet mature a lot during this book as she begins to show a more insecure side to her personality but instead of making a list of everyone who hates her, she allows Nick to explain at the end of the book, everything that has been going on.

The first book in the series can be found here.

The third book in the series can be found here.

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Geek Girl, Geek Girl Series Book #1 (Smale, Holly)

8/10

Geek Girl

 

Synopsis

“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 offered the chance to reinvent herself, Harriet grabs it. Can she transform from geek to chic?”

Overview

I loved this book from start to finish! The main character, Harriet Manners, is extremely likeable and this is one reason why the book is so enjoyable. It is very easy to get into and I love the facts that are included throughout the book because I find them fascinating. I also love the fact that Harriet is a geek with no interest in fashion until she’s offered the chance to become a model.

Aside from Harriet, my two other favourite characters are Wilbur and Harriet’s Dad as they are similarly eccentric with their choice of vocabulary which adds humour to the book; I wasn’t expecting Geek Girl to make me laugh as much as it did. The problems Harriet faces apply not just to geeks, but anyone who is human. People aren’t perfect, although Harriet does have a tendency to be clumsier than most people, which may be a trait of her geekiness.

The contrast between Harriet, Nat and Toby, and Alexa and her posse, are stark adding a lot of conflict between the two sides making you feel empathetic towards the main character.

What I like about Harriet is that she isn’t perfect; she has flaws which makes her decision to accept the modelling offer, all the more interesting. It shows readers that it is not necessary to be ‘perfect’ in order to model, which is often the perception that people have.

All in all, I loved this book! It was easy to read and I would definitely recommend it to younger teenagers, but I think it is a fascinating read for all ages. Whether you are younger or older, you can get something out of this book, even if it is just an interesting fact that Harriet comes out with at random and inappropriate intervals!

My review on the second book in the series can be found here.

 

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