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I started reading Kat & Mag Conquer the World with an open mind. I haven’t heard much about it since its release. I loved the story and it is a fast paced and cute read.
Book Review: Kat & Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza
Title & Author: Kat & Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza
Genre: Contemporary, Drama
Release Date: November 7 2017
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 give Kat & Meg Conquer the World five out of five hearts. I loved it because it had great characters, was fast paced and very cute.
Kat has anxiety, just like me and I recongise myself so much in her. A big part of her is trying to keep herself calm enough to live, until she plays Legends of the Sword or watches their favourite YouTuber. Unless her group wants to have a voice-chat, which is easily taken care of. Here she knows who she is and her confidence portrays that.
Meg knows she has ADHD and from her actions and thoughts that is clear. She is black, but I only really noticed that in little parts of the novel. I like it when a character is black/yellow or whatever, but it is just a fact, it doesn’t the main part of the story. The only unrealistic thing I found about Meg was the fact that except for the knowledge Meg doesn’t do anything with it. She doesn’t use meds to help her or other technics. If I was so distracted all the time as her (which I have experience with), I would try anything to get a grip on it. Where you can say the same goes for Kat, she at least can keep up in class, Meg literally misses the entire explanation on what they have to do for the project and Kat at least got that. This wasn’t something that bothered me all too much, but it does undermine the feeling of reality.
Both characters dapple a little in romance. Kat likes a guy from her gaming server, which makes it even harder for her to voice-chat with the group. In the end she starts giving it a chance when the boy shows her he has the same feelings for her. Meg starts dating a guy in their school and when she notices the relationship is going down the drain, she desperately throws herself at him and has sex with him. I have heard that someone with ADHD can act like this and so it seems realistic.
Meg feels abandoned a lot and desperately tries to keep everything close. She worries it’s her ADHD that pushes things away. Anna Priemaza does a good job in giving the reader the same worry. The author has great descriptions that the depict the passing of time but don’t break up the experience of the reader. It kept me interested and didn’t distract from the overall story.
I mentioned above that I was sad about the fact that Meg literally doesn’t do anything to help herself and her ADHD. But another thing that bothered me a little about this book was the fact that it doesn’t give you a great impression of Legends of the Sword. When Kat plays, she likes to build on her castle, but there are also ‘rifts’ where you can speedrun through something. But what isn’t very clear. There are no clear rules on what can and can’t be done in the game and what the goal of it is.
Overall I really loved Kat & Meg Conquer the World. There were only slight things that I didn’t like that much, but they weren’t bothersome. If you like contemporary books, but aren’t happy with all that romance that seems to go hand in hand with contemporary, this is a great read.
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