March 15, 2012

Review: A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan

Seventeen year old Farrah "Digit" Higgins has a secret. She's a super math genius but when she moved, she decided that she was going to make a fresh start at her new high school and hide her gift to become one of the popular girls. While hanging with her friends watching a mind-numbing teen show, Farrah noticed something. For the past 3 weeks she's watched a number sequence pop up during the show's opening credits and when she gets to thinking about it she realizes that the show is being used as a method of communication for environmental terrorists who have just killed 8 people. Now all she has to do is convince the FBI to take her seriously.

I think it's kind of creepy that Farrah and the FBI agent, John Bennett, hook up in this book since she's only seventeen (about to be 18) and he's twenty-one so I had a hard time accepting the relationship but other than that I loved the story and thought it was well done. I'm sure many teenagers can relate to hiding in plain site and I'm glad that Farrah was able to get past her insecurities about her talent and learn how to manage it in the real world while embracing the "Digit" side of herself. The storyline was fast-paced and realistic (yes, teens do drink at parties) and I recommend this one for both young adult and adult readers as a fun quick read.


bermudaonion said...

That does sound good, but it makes me sad that kids think they have to hide their intelligence to be popular.