‘Kat and Meg Conquer the World’ by Anna Priemaza was cute but trying.
Synopsis: Kat suffers with anxiety and Meg has ADHD. When they are pushed to do a science project together, they struggle to find a balance. With a very tempting prize for winning first place, can they be awesome and win? Can their friendship survive the hardships that come with high school let alone the extras they carry with them?
I didn’t feel a connection with any of the characters. I understand that they both had issues and faced daily battles, and this did bring out my sympathetic side but I kinda found them both annoying. Kat and Meg reminded me how low my tolerance is. Kat’s counting was so frequent I started to skip those lines and Meg’s rambling and unrealistic hopes bored me and I hate to admit that I scoffed at least three times whilst reading them. I feel bad for saying this because these are genuine things that people do day to day but I personally don’t have the patience for it. However, I liked that despite these quirks, they managed to make their friendship work.
It was nice to see the inclusion of anxiety and ADHD in a YA book. They are conditions that you can’t physically see and are too easy to pass off as ‘attention seeking’ and you don’t see them in YA that much. I understand they’re difficult demons to live with and I have known many a people in my life that suffer with the same, if not similar, conditions. They require a lot of patience, which unfortunately, I didn’t have.
Also, this is like the third book I have read this year (we’re still in January mind) that involves online gaming… Is this a thing now? Is it a requirement for contemporary novels to have this element to be relevant? I don’t game myself and so I don’t see the appeal to including it within a book and to be honest, I didn’t think online gaming is such a big thing anymore?! I don’t know anyone who does it.
I have to say that despite all the things that ticked me off about this book, it did make me laugh sometimes and an actual tear escaped from me towards the end so it definitely wasn’t an awful book. I feel like I may have rated this book a bit harshly but after a month of reading really good books, I found this to be a little bit under par. Also, they didn’t conquer anything? I don’t see the idea behind the title at all.
“It’s like she’s standing on the edge of a cliff, ready to leap and soar and show off her bright, feathery wings. Except she doesn’t have wings. She just has arms. And I can’t tell her that.”
I received this in LitJoy’s December ‘Forged in Friendship’ box.
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