Scientifically, a hill feels a lot less steep when climbed with a friend.Harriet Manners loves facts and she loves plans. She has her life planned out down to the minute, and that of her friends. They have a new grown up meeting place and everything’s going to be perfect. That would be a fact is everyone would just stick to her carefully laid plans.
I actually think Harriet grows up a bit in Head Over Heels. I mean, yeah she still ends up in some ridiculous scenarios but she actually stops to realise how unprofessional she can be. Circumstances lead her to think about how, even if she doesn’t care about the fashion industry, there are other people whose jobs depend on it. And one of those people is her agent Wilbur, who she decides she must help.
As she goes to look sees, she actually experiences a lot of what models must do on a regular basis; rejection. No one’s swooping in to save her this time. And her family are much harder to fool these days. Sometimes she still does get lucky. I absolutely loved the part where she goes to India, it was full of adrenaline and joy.
She does meddle quite a bit in other’s lives. I think that’s partly the point of this book. She has decided to put romantic love on the back burner and focus on friendship. But when Harriet focuses on something, out come the co-ordinated binders and spreadsheets. When she sees an opportunity for romance amongst her friends, there’s no holding her back. She must make sure everyone is happy and having the most fun ever. Even if that’s not what they want.
A lot of people don't know this, but Cupid actually had two types of arrow. The famous one was made of gold and dove feathers, and when shot into the heart it caused intense feelings of love and desire. The other, less well known, type was made of lead and owl feathers, and resulted in indifference and apathy.
Like every Geek Girl book, there’s still plenty of facts and a whole lot lovely family relationships. And fingers crossed she hasn’t driven her lovely friends too far. I'm a bit sad Nick hasn't come back but in the end there's hope for something new for Harriet. No one needs to be hung up on their first love forever.
Head Over Heels is published by HarperCollins and will be available in paperback from 28th July 2016 but if that seems too far off I've seen plenty of offers on the hardback. It's currently half price in WH Smith if you pop in store. Thanks go to the publisher for providing a copy for review via NetGalley.
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