Monday, July 2, 2012

A Girl Named Digit

A Girl Named Digit
By Annabel Monaghan
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2012. 187 pgs. Young Adult

Farrah Higgins has spent high school trying to not to be the girl she was in middle school--Digit, the dorky math genius. She's gotten pretty good at hiding her talents, but when she notices a string of numbers flashing in the corner of the TV while watching a girly show, her brain just can't let it go, especially when there are more strings in subsequent weeks--and then she realizes that they're a message an eco-terrorist group is using to communicate. Having caught the attention of that group, now Farrah is under the protective of the FBI, specifically whiz-kid John Bennett, who is only a few years older than she is. As they work together to try to stop the terrorists, they find themselves in more danger than they anticipated...and they also find themselves falling for each other.

This is a funny chick-lit that will appeal to fans of Ally Carter's books, as long as they don't mind that this book isn't as clean as Ally Carter's books. Some readers might be a little put off by the fact that while John is 21 and Digit is still a minor, and he says that it's not okay for them to be together, he pretty quickly gets over that. Other readers won't care, as there's that fun element of out-smarting the bad guys, mixed with the excitement of a blossoming romance, that makes this a fun adventure for teen girls.


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