Kat and Meg Conquer the World Hardcover – Nov 7 2017
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“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)
“A much-needed portrait of the importance of female friendship in an overstimulating, modern world. A heartwarming, realistically drawn story for fans of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Inspiring from start to finish. Full of girl power, adventure, heart, and (my personal favorite) video games.” (Erin “Aureylian” Wayne, Gaming Content Creator)
“Awesomely fun. Gamer gals, devotees of Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, and members of John and Hank Green’s nerdfighters will find this debut novel by Priemaza satisfying in its depiction of an unlikely IRL bond between two flawed, funny, bright young women.” (ALA Booklist)
“A uniquely wonderful portrayal of female friendship—warm and wise and whip-smart. The heart of this book is ten miles wide.” (Carlie Sorosiak, author of If Birds Fly Back Carlie Sorosiak, author of If Birds Fly Back)
“Kat and Meg Conquer the World has conquered my heart. A hilarious, touching, fandom-fueled book about the struggle to find your place in the world—and the beautiful moment when you realize you don’t need to do it alone.” (Chelsea Sedoti, author of The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett)
“Genuine friendship leads to acts of great courage in this entertaining and heartwarming story.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A funny (and sometimes heartrending) story of two outcasts who form an unlikely friendship. Great for readers who realize that it’s okay to be different, that the most lasting friendships are the ones that you have to fight for, and that geeks rule.” (Brian Katcher, author of The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak)
“I can’t even begin with my feels for this book. Kat and Meg has everything I want in a story: humor, honesty, hardcore geekery, and characters that make you want to reach through the pages and hug them. This book will stay with you long after you put it down.” (Jilly Gagnon, author of #famous)
From the Back Cover
KAT and MEG couldn’t be more different.
KAT’s anxiety makes it hard for her to talk to new people. The only place she feels safe is in front of her computer, playing her favorite video game.
MEG hates being alone, but her ADHD keeps pushing people away. Friends. Her boyfriend. Even the step-father who raised her.
But when the two girls are thrown together for a year-long science project, they discover they do have one thing in common: their obsession with the online gaming star LumberLegs and his hilarious videos.
Meg’s pretty sure this is fate. Kat doesn’t know how to deal with someone who talks faster than she thinks. But if they can stick together and stay out of their heads, they might figure out how to help each other—and build the kind of friendship Kat never knew she wanted and Meg never believed she’d find.See all Product description
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I won't lie, I finished reading it a few weeks ago and I have spent every day since trying to figure out how to encapsulate just how much I love it. It hit absolutely every one of my soft spots. Wonderful friendships. Complex families. Adorable old men. Fun and realistic romance. VIDEO GAMES.
And all of it delivered through two amazing, unique girls who simply jump off the page. Kat IS teenage me, and her thoughts and fears and triumphs spoke to me as clearly as if the author had read my journals while writing. I'd be Kat's best friend in a heartbeat.
But thankfully I don't have to be, because she already has Meg--fierce, excitable Meg who I want nothing more than to wrap into the snuggest, warmest hug of my life. These girls feel so real, and their friendship is one that had me rooting for it from the first page they shared together.
Another confession: I cried four times while reading. The emotions packed in these pages--happy, sad, and everything between--are rendered so beautifully. The moment I finished reading, I already began flipping back to find my favorite scenes. I'll be returning to them again and again. I'm quite sure that once I have this in hard copy, I'll wear the binding thin with my rereads.
If for nothing else, read this book for the writing. The author captures the most complex emotions in heartbreakingly relatable terms. I can't count the number of times I stopped to read a paragraph aloud and revel in its beauty.
This is the book I spent my teen years searching for. It's a book about finding forever friendships. It's a book about being geeky and vulnerable and different and coming out on the other side.
Pick up this book. Full stop. No ifs, ands, or buts. You won't regret it.
...Kat and Meg are like bacon and eggs, or PB&J - they're simply better together. You can't help but fall in love with this friendship. They challenge each other, balance each other out, and together "they might just be awesome" (actually, DEFINITELY awesome!).
From their first encounter, I found myself smiling, laughing, and nodding along as they navigate the difficulties of high school life. It really brought me back to that tumultuous time and made me wish that a book like this existed then. It also made me want to have a serious chat with 16-year-old me, and say "learn from Meg's mistakes!". I wish I had invested in my friendships the way these two have. But it's never too late to learn, right? This book about friendship, love, and mental health, has inspired and challenged a woman twice the age of the characters to invest in her friends and appreciate her own gifts and abilities. Thanks Kat and Meg. You are truly a gift to this world.
This book is a gem. There wasn't a single thing about it that I disliked, except the fact that I'm done reading it. I want more Kat and Meg in my life! Bring on the sequel. Until then, I will enjoy reading and re-reading this new classic. I'm already looking forward to when my two year old is old enough to read it!
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"Even me?" Meg asks, which could mean she's a mind reader, but probably just means I accidentally said that out loud.
"You're not people. You're Meg."
And something about the way she grins at that makes me feel the tiniest bit better.
Give me every book about friendship ever written. No lie but stories with strong friendships are some of my favorites. Kat and Meg Conquer the World is an incredible story of friendship and connection. Kat suffers from anxiety and panic attacks and she prefers peace and order, while Meg’s ADHD leads her to a life enjoying serendipitous surprises and thriving moment to moment. When these opposites are partnered for a semester long science project, they begin to bond over their shared love of a video game and a famous gamer. What develops is a beautifully realistic friendship that transcends the page and hooks into your heart.
Things I Liked
Kat and Meg’s friendship is the absolute greatest! I love every single things about it. It’s a truly wonderful pairing of opposites attract! Kat has anxiety and panic attacks that keeps her isolated and lonely. But Kat is such a resilient character and actively makes an effort to push herself, but not because she’s shamed into but because she doesn’t want her anxiety to control her. Helping her along the entire time is the wonderful and amazing Meg. Meg has ADHD and trouble focusing. She feels like her flighty disposition is the reason everyone leaves her and that’s she’s unworthy of staying around for. With the help of Kat, and The Legends of the Sword, Meg is able to focus and start setting small goals for herself and work toward them. Meg is also incredibly brave and fearless. I admire her. They have such a beautiful and full friendship filled with incredible amounts of love, support, and understanding.
I really loved the role that Legends of the Sword played for each girl. Not only does the game serve as the thing that initially draws them together, but it plays a role in each of their lives. We see Kat’s confidence because she knows who she is in the game. The game helps center Meg and helps her focus. I also really liked that the way each girl plays the game is very indicative of their character. Meg randomized her character and rushes in with little thought; Kat is a planner and plotter, and likes being prepared for all situations.
Describing leaves changing in the fall as “a slow, colorful striptease” is the greatest thing ever and it made me laugh.
I really liked all of the romances in the story. They were adorable and perfect for the contemporary, but they didn’t detract from either character or their growing friendship which I greatly appreciated.
Meg’s little brother Nolan is the most adorable child ever.
Things I Didn’t Like
In the beginning of the story, I had some trouble remembering who was who between Kat and Meg. The girls personalities were distinct and they felt like individuals, but it took me a few chapters to be able to instantly differentiate who was speaking when.
This is completely a personal issue, but I had trouble visualizing Legends of the Sword, the video game that Meg and Kat bond over. I don’t play videogames, so I don’t really have a reference point for the world and rules of games. I liked the camaraderie, but I didn’t really get what they were doing or working towards.
I would have liked to see more from Luke, Kat’s brother. He was a very important person to Kat, but I felt like I didn’t really get to know him or see their relationship.
I’m just so incredibly happy after reading this, and it put me in a fantastic reading mood. Kat and Meg are amazing complex characters who compliment and uplift one another creating a friendship for the ages. I’m serious, I need all the books about friendship. Kat and Meg Conquer the World is a story of bravery and resilience and finding the perfect person to help you along the way.
This book gets everything about ADHD and anxiety right! There were so many time when I wanted to stop Meg and force her to rethink her snap decisions about school and relationships. Impulsive, destructive ADHD moments that had me clutching my chest with familiar anxiety. The steady drumbeat of the gigantic looming science project that serves as the backdrop for the novel will haunt my dreams.
But what I loved even more about this novel was the genuine, lovely friendship at the center of it. It's rare to read a book about the redemptive possibilities of friendship. A wonderful book!
The whole book is full of characters to fall in love with--online friends and love interests and family members. The whole time I was reading I sort of just wanted to give the book itself, and everyone inside of it, a massive hug. Because KAT AND MEG bursts with warmth. It's fresh and unique. It's adorable and unabashedly nerdy, and surprisingly hysterical.
And, also, sometimes it will shatter your heart.
But then it will put it back together again piece by piece, and you'll find that by the end, somehow the whole is bigger than it was before.