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5 Reasons I Loved Kat And Meg Kat And Meg Conquer The World by Anna Priemaza

Kat and Meg Conquer the World

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★★★✬☆  3.5 stars

Okay, so despite the pretty bad cover, this was a great book! If you enjoy YA, you should really pick it up – this was one of those honest-tone, diverse, true to the world and not far-fetched YAs that you know you are just going to enjoy.

So why 3.5 stars then, Evelina?..

The only drawback was that the writing style was slightly hard to follow. It kept throwing me off – it’s just not a very fluently written book. But! I still feel that the contents are worth your attention, so in this review I’m going to dwell on the positive.

#1. It’s About Friendship

Essentially, this book is about an unlikely friendship between two girls – Kat, who is extremely introverted and suffers anxiety, and Meg, who is quite an oddball and has ADHD, and also happens to be the only black girl in pretty much the whole neighbourhood. These girls chance into being friends through a science project in high school and… end up conquering the world 😀 (no spoilers.) The thing about this friendship though, as you’ll find me saying about many other things in the book too, is that it’s not far-fetched at all. It will remind you some of your own teenage or childhood friends, especially if you’re female. I was so happy about this friendship… We’d all be lucky to have a friend like Meg and Kat were to each other.

#2. It Has Realistic Parents

How many YA books have realistic parents?? That are not evil, deranged or absent? Or just unrealistically Stepford perfect? Yep. Not that many. But this one does! Meg’s parents are divorced, in fact, her dad isn’t ever her dad – he’s her stepdad, as Meg lost her own dad when she was little. She loves her second dad, but she thinks that when he and her mom got divorced, he divorced her too. Because he still keeps inviting her two little siblings to hang out, who are actually his children, but he doesn’t invite her. It’s a big source of pain for Meg, and this problem is an important theme in the book. Her step-dad isn’t evil either, by the way. All of this is resolved very realistically.

3. Realistic Girlfriend-Boyfriend Situations

How I wish I had books like this when growing up. Books that show relationships the way they are. Books that don’t make you believe the boyfriend is supposed to be your savior (like most books I grew up with??) Books that don’t sell you the stuff that your first boyfriend will be your husband, or that it should be that way. Kat And Meg Conquer The World has a very realistic depiction of a real-life teen relationship, problematic and awkward, and genuine. I loved this book for it.

4. Introversion And Anxiety

Kat suffers terrible anxiety fits. And on top of that, she’s introverted, so she already doesn’t like dealing with people too much. But when she does? She basically implodes. Reading about this has been personally very helpful for me, because although I have anxiety myself, I teeter on the edge of introversion and extroversion, but I am close to someone pretty damn introverted, so it has helped me make sense of some of the things I experience in my relationship with that person. It has helped me react in more healthy ways and understand them more.

5. Meg’s Oddball Ways + She’s Curly!

(I know I’ve used this GIF before. But it’s just so cool!)

First of all, I could count curly haired heroines on my fingers. There is no love for curls in the world! I mean, alright, there’s Meg and other similar characters, but curls should not be reserved to black girls only, authors! However, I’ll take what I can get. Maybe one day I’ll be allowed to have curly hair too with all my pasty skin 😀 Personally, what I loved the most was that it wasn’t straightened hair in this book! It was not called frizz. It did not ‘need to be tamed’. I hate it when books have that, and they have that wayyyyyy too much. But even aside from the hair bit, Meg’s such an amazing character! Her life truly is affected by her ADHD, but she deals with it well in terms of daily stuff, even though she blames herself of driving everyone away because being who she is. Her journey in the book teaches her that it’s okay to be the way she is. And I especially loved her being so different! She’s loud, she’s quick to say things, she’s, well, basically hyper. But she’s so genuine and so true! I would love to be Meg’s friend. And it definitely IS okay to be like her!

So it looks like I’ve run out of numbers here (the post says only 5!!), but I don’t feel like I’ve said it all. It’s probably obvious that the book is very diverse, so I won’t even make it into one of the points. But basically, even if this isn’t quite a 4 star read for me writing-wise, I still wish I’d grown up with books like that. I would have grown up to be more healthy inside, I think. Recommended to any teens! And to you all, really.

I thank HarperTeen and Anna Priemaza for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange to my honest review. You can buy the book here, and buying it through that link supports my blog.

Do you sometimes read books that you wish you had in your teens or childhood? Which books are those? Share with me!

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

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Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books
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Oh this is such a great review, I feel like this book could end up on my favorites’ list somehow. I love contemporaries, for starters, and the fact that that one focuses on friendships just makes me really, REALLY happy. We so need more of these kind of books?! <3 And yes for realistic parents, and realistic boyfriends-girlfriend relationship. More often than not, there is this savior boy, this totally non-awkward relationship and… well, it's not like that at all. I'm all for awkward first teenagers-relationships, because they're so much more realistic 🙂 Thank you for sharing this! ON the… Read more »
Sim @Flipping Thru the Pages
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Oh, Hey Marie!! See I found you here too 😀 I am glad we both like Evelina 😛

Louise @ DickensDoesBooks
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Yeah that cover is pretty bad lol! This sounds like it had all the best intentions, but do you think it was a bit cheesy?

Sim @Flipping Thru the Pages
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I guess, if I would have read this book then it would have been a 4 star read for me at least, or it’s just that your reviews made me say that? 😀 Awesome review as always. Yes, I like curly hairs (not on me though 😛 ) and I have noticed too that most of the black heroines have them? I can totally relate to you here. And high-five for that realistic parents things. I am also bored of reading those similar tropes in YA where the parents are always miserable. They are either dead or divorced or one… Read more »
Laura Thomas
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Another wonderful review, Evelina! I’ll probably pass on this one but I do like the idea of it. I do like the realistic parents. So many YA books start with the character having lost one or both of their parents.

Paul Liadis
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I think this does sound like a good book. I might have to seek it out for my daughter to read.

I would say that I don’t hate this cover. I like the 8-bit stuff but it does seem a little disorganized to me.

(this is Paul/strugglingwriter by the way. I used a link to my personal and neglected blog this time because I posted a funny Halloween story I wrote on there)

Anna Pittman
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This book has been on my TBR list for a while now, and your review has made excited to get to it 🙂 I don’t know if I’ve ever read a book that I wish I knew of when I was a teen! To be fair I don’t read that much YA.

Grab the Lapels
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Have you read Ready Player One? When I read your comment–“These girls chance into being friends through a science project in high school and… end up conquering the world”–all I could think was WHY COULDN’T THE MAIN CHARACTER IN READY PLAYER ONE BE A GIRL AND SHE BECAME FRIENDS WITH THE OTHER GIRL WHO WAS ALSO A BADASS AND WHY DID IT HAVE TO END IN A DOOFY ROMANCE?!?!?!?!?

Karen Blue
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Too bad about the cover. I know I never would have even considered this book because of that unfortunate cover. You make me want to read this though. I love all your reasons. I didn’t realize curly hair was so rare in books. I do expect everyone has hair like mine unless stated otherwise (mostly straight with some waves). I might be the only one that does that. Realistic parents and real feeling boyfriend-girlfriend situations are enough to sell me though seriously. We don’t need another absent parent situation in YA books. Also, you are right in that every relationship… Read more »
Dragonfly @ Our Familiarium
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haha I have NEVER paid attention at whether the characters’ hair were straight or curly! I gues… until now! 🙂

Dragonfly
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Ok your blog is prejudiced against my emojis!! I tried to leave a bunch of them… nothing! X)

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction
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Sorry this wasn’t perfect, but it definitely sounds like it has some really positive traits. I’m especially intrigued by your description of the situation with her step-dad.

Sam@WLABB
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Friendship books rank high on my list and female friendships rank even higher. Glad you liked this one, because I am reading it soon.

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Kester from LILbooKlovers
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I really want to read Kat and Meg so much!!! It looks like such a good book, and I feel like it will hit home with the realistic friendships, parents, and romantic relationships. I’m so excited for it! 🙂

verushka
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I know it has it’s issues, but you totally had me at realistic parents — I find that’s far too much a rarity in YA that when I do see it, it immediately grabs me

Lashaan Balasingam
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Hahaahh this was somehow a super cute review, but I’m definitely glad to see how much love you have for it though. It sounds like it nailed the realism in regards of these characters. I do love when an author manages to make everyone and everything seem so authentic and really manage to capture the very thing that makes them real (looks at mental health issues, for example). Fantastic review, Evelina! 😀

Olivia Roach
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YASSS I am always for some curly hair representation! And what makes me so happy for this book is the fact that it is so realistic. Friendships can be hard to get right in YA, and parents somehow seem to be RARELY portrayed well or right, so I am glad to know this one has a relastic relationship with parents involved. It’s a shame about the writing style getting in the way of making this book epic though :/