Source Received from the publisher
Published by HarperTeen on November 7, 2017
Received from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Kat and Meg couldn’t be more different. Kat’s anxiety makes it hard for her to talk to people. Meg hates being alone, but her ADHD keeps pushing people away. But when the two girls are thrown together for a year-long science project, they discover they do have one thing in common: They’re both obsessed with the same online gaming star and his hilarious videos.
It might be the beginning of a beautiful friendship—if they don’t kill each other first.
I love stories about video games and fandom, so this synopsis appealed to me right away. I picked it up to read when I was looking for a fun YA book, and I’m so glad that I did!
I loved this story. I had fun reading about Kat playing her video game, and about Kat and Meg being fans of a popular Youtube gamer. It was cool to see them bond over their shared fandom, and to watch their friendship develop from there. I love playing video games, and I like watching other people play (I follow some Youtube gamers, and I like watching my husband play video games). I want to read more books about girls playing games! I’ve read a couple, but I want more.
The girls are opposites in so many ways, and I really identified with Kat. I saw so much of myself in her (anxiety, fear of flying and public speaking, inability to do spontaneity, etc.), but it was great to see the way Meg inspired Kat to push herself out of her comfort zone.
Where Kat came off as quiet and shy, Meg came off as outgoing and confident. But inwardly, Meg had her own struggles, and again, I really liked seeing them help each other to deal with the difficulties in their lives.
Towards the end, the story dragged a bit for me, but overall this was a really fun, entertaining story about the girls and their friendship. Anna Priemaza has a new book coming out in 2019 (Fan the Fame), and I can’t wait to read it!