Since Harriet Manners quit modeling at the end of the last book, her life has been pretty perfect. She has a new baby sister, a wonderful model boyfriend, and she’s made tons of plans for her new year, especially with Nat who will be at a new college. There’s not much to ruin it, except…her dad still doesn’t have a job, her parents are so tired they forgot her exam results day, and her nemesis Alexa has stolen her diary. Wait, let’s rewrite that. There’s
not much A LOT to ruin it! Faced with the horror of every day of Alexa’s teasing and her friends leaving her alone, Harriet decides to be excited when her dad announces his new job. The Manners family is going to New York New Jersey! Harriet thinks she’s in for the Big Apple with all of its excitement and rich culture and her grandiose plans. Instead, due to their poor finances, their new house in the suburbs of New Jersey is over an hour away from NY by train, and that’s not all Harriet is upset about. Her professional tutor keeps piling work on and she’s floundering, any friends Harriet might make think she’s Tabitha’s mom and hate her, and her date with Nick is ruined when he gets on the wrong train. To make matters worse, Annabel and her dad don’t notice because of work and parenting and they even forget Harriet’s birthday! Suddenly Harriet has had enough. To get back at her parents, she sneaks out to model again and finds herself believing that just a little bit of rebelliousness won’t hurt…
This series is happy, hilarious, and yet relateable! Every teen who thinks of him/herself as the “good, obedient kid” who wants to have a little bit more unsanctioned fun will identify with Harriet’s longing for adventure and the mess that results. Even better is Harriet’s plucky attitude and penchant for random facts at inopportune moments making her lovably amusing to the reader despite any anxiety at how Harriet’s life falls disastrously apart. Try this series when you need laughter or a pick-me-up instead of drama!
Note: Good for middle grade (or younger) readers, though there is a bit of romance.