Kat and Meg Conquer the World
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A Lot or a Little?
The parents' guide to what's in this book.
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kat and Meg Conquer the World is a story of two 10th-graders in Alberta, Canada -- one has anxiety disorder and the other has ADHD. Even though they're pretty opposite, they model a positive close friendship by supporting each other and helping each other work with, and sometimes get around, their weaknesses. The story fosters empathy, and its overall messages are positive: about being capable of more than you think, and especially about learning that you're already pretty awesome just the way you are. One's black and the other's white, and they briefly explore endemic and unintentional racism. Physical differences are remarked about without giving them much importance. Having sex for the first time isn't described, but afterward blood and pain are mentioned several times. Otherwise there's some kissing, including a few scenes that mention tongues, and brief making out including taking tops off. Occasional video game violence, such as killing fantasy creatures with swords or arrows, is mentioned without gore. Mention that a former friend smoked pot. No alcohol or drug consumption, but a teen says she won't be drinking because she isn't going to a party.
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What's the Story?
Slow, calm, deliberate Kat has anxiety disorder. Mile-a-minute Meg has ADHD. When they're thrown together for a science project that'll count for 30 percent of their grade for the entire year, Kat's pretty sure she's going to end up doing most of the work herself. Which is fine with her. Soon they discover that they're both huge fans of YouTube star LumberLegs, who posts hilarious videos of himself trying, and failing, to play a popular fantasy computer game called Legends of the Stone. As they get to know each other, they start to realize that they each have a lot to offer the other. And their science project needs both an ideas person and an organizer. LumberLegs' slogan is "Be Awesome," and maybe, if they can find a way to work together, Kat and Meg will learn that they already are.
Is It Any Good?
This debut novel is a quirky, funny friendship story about two extreme opposites that will help readers empathize with people who have anxiety disorders and with those who have ADHD. Kat and Meg Conquer the World gives us relatable, believable characters who show that deep, rewarding friendships can be found in surprising places, especially with patience and understanding. Throwing opposites together may be a well-worn story idea, but author Anna Priemaza brings a bit of freshness in with the cold Canadian air, and the fact that two girls bond over an online fantasy computer game.
The world of online gaming, and YouTuber fandom, gives teens a lot to relate to, as well as the usual teen pressures and insecurities Kat and Meg deal with. The narration switches voice from one to the other, which moves the story along and provides insight into each girl's thoughts and feelings. But it happens pretty abruptly, often several times in one chapter, so it can be hard to remember which character is who for a while. Once they're pretty well established, the story moves along well, and teens will enjoy their bumpy, rollercoaster ride to learning that they're already pretty awesome.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about how Kat and Meg Conquer the World creates empathy for people with anxiety disorders and for those with ADHD. Are Kat and Meg like you thought they'd be? Do you know anyone with a similar condition or conditions? Did the book change how you thought about them?
Are you a huge fan of someone or something, the way Kat and Meg are about YouTuber Legs and the video game Legends of the Stone? What kinds of things do obsessed fans have in common, no matter what they're fans of?
What other books about friendship have you read? How does this one compare? Do you have a favorite?
- Author: Anna Priemaza
- Genre: Friendship
- Topics: Brothers and Sisters, Friendship, High School
- Book type: Fiction
- Publisher: HarperTeen
- Publication date: November 7, 2017
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 17
- Number of pages: 368
- Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
- Last updated: December 17, 2017
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