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Kat and Meg Conquer the World
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Kat and Meg Conquer the World
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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,...
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,...
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  • 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.

    If they can stick together, this might be the beginning of a beautiful friendshipthe kind Kat never knew she wanted and Meg never believed she'd find.

    "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

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  • Anna Priemaza is a young adult author and a practicing lawyer in Edmonton, Alberta, where she lives with her husband. She is the author of Kat and Meg Conquer the World and Fan the Fame. Visit her online at www.annapriemaza.com or on Twitter @annab311a.

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  • Publisher's Weekly

    September 11, 2017
    Two tenth-grade girls become partners for a yearlong science fair project in Priemaza’s engaging debut, set in Edmonton, Alberta. Each struggles with a condition that impedes her social relations: Kat’s severe anxiety keeps her isolated in her new school, and Meg’s ADHD makes sustaining relationships difficult. When the girls discover a shared love of LumberLegs, a gorgeous internet sensation whose millions of subscribers watch him play the video game Legends of the Stone, a friendship develops and they decide to base their project on testing the effects of sugar on reaction times in the game. Writing in alternating first-person narratives, Priemaza captures the protagonists’ distinctive voices: Kat’s counting-based breathing exercises (“Seven crowds... eight socialization...”) and Meg’s hyperactive interactions that generally end with the question “Why do I always end up alone?” Snippets of game chat convey the freedom from social angst the girls find in their online avatars, while compelling supporting characters including Kat’s grandfather and Meg’s stepfather offer affecting subplots. Genuine friendship leads to acts of great courage in this entertaining and heartwarming story. Ages 13–up. Agent: Lauren Abramo, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret.

  • AudioFile Magazine Dual voices tell the story of two Canadian teens overcoming their difficulties and finding friendship through their love of a video game and their personality differences. Kat, portrayed by Jorjeana Marie, suffers from panic attacks and social anxiety. Meg, portrayed by Sisi Aisha Johnson, has ADHD. Each girl is uniquely voiced by her narrator. However, when speaking other characters' lines in the book, the voices often do not match the co-narrator's, causing a slightly confusing listening experience. Beyond this issue, Marie and Johnson give an excellent performance, drawing the listener into Kat and Meg's world. The girls are full of excitement over the Legends of the Stone video game and anxious about their personality issues--and everything else that comes with navigating the teenage years. A.L.S.M. � AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine
  • School Library Journal

    October 1, 2017

    Gr 9 Up-Kat spends all of her spare time immersed in her favorite online game, Legends of the Stone, and when she isn't playing, she is watching videos posted by LumberLegs, a LOtS player with millions of followers. The game serves as a distraction for her when she and her family move from Ottawa to Edmonton, Alberta, and she finds herself starting over in high school again. On Kat's first day of classes, she ends up partnered with Meg for a science project. Meg is also a fan of LumberLegs' videos, although she doesn't play the game. It is this fascination with the game and LumberLegs himself that allows the girls to interact, find a topic for their project, and resolve their deeper issues. The story is told in a dual narrative identified by their names, which can be helpful because their voices are very similar. Kat has panic attacks and can hardly bring herself to speak to anyone, while Meg has ADHD and a stepfather who abandoned her. Meg's decision to have sex for the first time with her boyfriend as a way to fix their relationship backfires, doing harm not only to that relationship but also the one with Kat. Kat has a slowly developing friendship with an online gamer named Sythlight, with whom at first she can't even bring herself to "VoiceChat." Some of the details on the Canadian setting feel overdone and exaggerated. VERDICT This is a novel with mature situations that will fit into collections with contemporary teen fiction.-Betsy Fraser, Calgary Public Library, Canada

    Copyright 2017 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    September 1, 2017
    Two girls form an unlikely friendship due to their love of a popular MMORPG. White teen Kat and her family have relocated from Ontario to Alberta to be closer to her ailing grandfather. But Kat has more to deal with than the regular new-girl awkwardness--she has panic disorder. Socializing is difficult, but Kat finds a haven in Legends of the Stone, a popular game not unlike World of Warcraft. In LotS, she can safely build her own underwater castle and interact with strangers without fear. Enter Meg: a black teen with ADHD who becomes Kat's science-project partner. Meg is the opposite of Kat; she's boisterous, impulsive, and extroverted. Luckily, Meg is a huge fan of LotS too, and though she watches the action rather than taking part, she's enamored with a famous YouTube streamer called LumberLegs, cementing the girls' bond. Over the months before their deadline, the girls learn each other's struggles and act as mutual support as they face myriad challenges: Meg feels abandoned by her stepfather and worries she's unlovable, while Kat grapples with her intense fear of putting herself out in the world. In a sea of romances and adventure stories, Kat and Meg's relationship adds a much-needed portrait of the importance of female friendship in an overstimulating, modern world. A heartwarming, realistically drawn story of friendship for fans of Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl. (Fiction. 13-18)

    COPYRIGHT(2017) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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