Hey all, Dani here.
This book was nowhere near the top of my TBR, but is sounded fun and like a fast read, and I was just in the mood for a contemporary. So I picked it up and dove in…and I was not at all disappointed. It was fun and geeky, and it also handled two girls who become friends even while dealing with their anxiety and ADHD, and all the social hurdles that come with it.
For fans of Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything, Emery Lord’s When We Collided, and Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Anna Priemaza’s debut novel is a heartwarming and achingly real story of finding a friend, being a fan, and defining your place in a difficult world.
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.
“Kat and Meg Conquer the World will hit home for anyone who has ever been waist-deep in fandom, doubt, or new relationships; Kat’s and Meg’s unique voices are outstanding, and their friendship brings this story to vibrant life.”—Francesca Zappia, author of Made You Up and Eliza and Her Monsters
Rating: 5 stars
I picked this up because I was in the mood for a fun and light geeky contemporary. The fact that this book focused on female friendship was definitely a pleasant bonus. What I didn’t expect was how emotionally attached I would get to both Kat and Meg, and how more serious topics would be handled towards the climax of the story.
Now, I will say that I do not have anxiety or ADHD, though I think there are times where we all get anxious or have issues focusing, so though I don’t fully understand where the girls are coming from, they are still very relatable.
I especially connected with Meg, who feels like everyone abandons her. All her friends seem to leave, she can’t keep a boyfriend, her bio dad left her and then actually died, and then her stepdad who she thought of as her dad, left as well. I know I’ve mentioned a few times over the course of this year that my parents were in the process of getting a divorce. Long story short, my dad cheated on my mom again and decided that he was really done with the marriage this time, and he moved out back in April. Since then I have had to watch him post on Facebook and message people and talk about how great his girlfriend and her children are…all while he ignores my brother and I. So all that emotion and abandonment Meg feels really resonated strongly with me.
What was really great with this story really was the female friendship. Kat and Meg may have been forced to do a science project together, but what truly bonded them was their shared love of YouTube gamer LumberLegs. Now for the first portion of the book, neither girl admits to the other their problems, but eventually Kat brings up her anxiety and then Meg brings up her ADHD…and what is great is that each girl understands and respects how those might affect their lives. When Meg sees Kat’s anxiety starting to affect her, she makes her get into basically a blanket burrito so she can feel safe and secure.
I was sincerely amazed by how great this book was, and I very much look forward to seeing what Anna Priemaza comes up with next.