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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.

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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.

41 thoughts on “5 Reasons I Loved Kat And Meg Kat And Meg Conquer The World by Anna Priemaza

  1. 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 TBR it goes. 😛
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    1. The friendship was THE BEST bit of the book 🙂 it was such a pure, wonderful friendship! Reminded me of when I was young myself. Girls know how to have such wonderful friendships 🙂 I hope you like this book, I would be very curious to see your review 🙂

  2. 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 has left them etc. I am glad this book had something different to offer.

    Adding it to my wishlist 😀
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    1. This is actually the thing! My review makes it sound like it’s 4 star! It’s probably because I read the book back in June or July, but only wrote a review now. And I only remember the good things! But I don’t remember the whole experience of reading it. However, in my notes it says “3.5”, and I was surprised at it myself. Everything about the book was great except for the writing, which made it feel like a chore at times, and it’s why I gave it that rating at the time. When time passed, I forgot it and only the good things stayed with me 🙂 but I didn’t want to change the rating, cause that wouldn’t be fair.
      One of the parents has in fact left in this book! But they’re not evil 😀 they’re just.. normal people. Misunderstood people. I really liked that 🙂
      I hope you like the book! I would love to see your review 🙂

  3. 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.

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    1. Yeah, it’s definitely a good thing for a teen to read, I think. I would warn you that it has mentions of teen sex though (although it’s nor portrayed as a good or desirable thing, it’s more like one of the MCs uses it for all the wrong reasons and it’s explained). Just something to keep in mind if you want your daughter to read it though.
      The gaudy colors of the cover really don’t work for the current generation! But I now see what you mean. There was a lot of game stuff in this book, maybe that’s what they meant? Still. I think they were going for the older generation, and that’s a total miss when you’re trying to sell to the teens 🙂
      Oh, I can tell who you are, you have the same Twitter pic 😀 and the same email! But thanks for the heads up 🙂

  4. 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.
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    1. Oh cool! I’m glad you’ve heard about it too 🙂 thanks for reading. I don’t read much YA either 🙂 actually, I don’t think there was any YA when I was young 😀 haha

  5. 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?!?!?!?!?

    1. I haven’t 🙂 but! It’s on the TBR. I just haven’t stumbled upon a good discount yet 😀 heheheh. Hahahah, I guess Ready Player One must have been more traditional 😀 but I think Queens of Geek is basically what you say? Haven’t read that myself, but it’s certainly what I’ve heard about it. Also, there’s the Impossible Fortress, although that’s also boy/girl, but it’s pretty great. I reviewed it back when I started out blogging.

        1. That generally happens to most books due to the time they were posted in. But I’m still extremely curious to read it 🙂 The Impossible Fortress rocked! Did you review it anywhere?

          1. Oh yeah! Short memory of mine 😀 that was so long ago. Hey, have you played that awesome game the author has on his website? I thought it was super cute (now I wonder if we’ve talked about this yet xD) I don’t think we were Goodreads friends back then though. I will have to go see your review on there 🙂

  6. 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 in youth shouldn’t be the sort of thing that ends up being forever.
    Fantastic review!
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    1. Yay! I’m glad you liked my review 🙂 I must warn though, the writing was tedious. But in general, it was good.
      Yes, curly hair is super rare not just in books, but in movies and any kind of media. I’m not talking about fake-curled hair – that’s even more offensive. Cause what they try to force you to do at the hairdressers? To straighten your hair AND THEN CURL IT PROPERLY. As in, tidily. I can’t think of anything more offensive than that. As if my nature is so wrong you need to redo it? I’ve had that done to me time and again. And all the pretty chicks in the movies that are curly, on the off chance they’re actually black and have real curls? They are always fake straightened curls, and I hate that from the bottom of my heart. It’s very discriminating. It’s the top reason I don’t go to any hairdresser anymore (mom does my hair). Because they just want to tell me that I need to shave and get a wig, or just keep straightening because I look messy and lazy. PRICKS.
      *rant done* sorry! I’m just real sick of it. The media could help. Unfortunatelly, I can only name one actress who does curly haired roles and doesn’t “fix” her natural curls. Alex Kingston. That’s the only one.

      And lol you’re not the only one who does that. Most descriptions? Never about curly hair. Ever. Hermione in Harry Potter, the movie? They couldn’t even get a real curly actress! They made her a deliberate mess in the first few movies. And then when she gets ‘pretty’? She suddenly has this slack barely curly hair? That is clearly just shaped to be that way, cause we all know Emma Watson is not curly? That has infuriated me for YEARS. Or Anne Hathaway as Princess Mia? She only becomes pretty when her hair is straightened. She’s ugly before that. Have you noticed that? They specifically make fun of her hair in that movie. It’s very painful to be treated that way. It’s awful. I keep carrying this rage with me because I’ve been raised to think that what I naturally am is offensive, messy, lazy and laughable. I can’t even take a compliment when I get one. All because of the media!
      Okay, sorry, rant two over this time, for real :DDDD

      Anyway, thanks for reading my review! And ultimately, my rant :DDD

      1. Hahaha it’s funny because I thought about saying that! “Maybe it’s because I’m already represented” BUT I couldn’t! My experience says otherwise! Everyone I know has curly hair! WE the poor straight haired girls are really a minority!! WTH did u get this about curly hair not being repped!??? Lol I never read about curly/straight hair! Only color if anything is ever mentioned is “beautiful waves”
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        1. Really?? Interesting. Almost nobody I know has curly hair. Or if they do, they try their best to straighten it and get rid of the shame 😀 and they will scowl at me for keeping my natural hair 😀
          Oh, and “beautiful waves” is not curly either. I could not do beautiful waves if I wanted xD it’s either a bunch of coils, or a mess of frizz. You only get “beautiful waves” if you have straight hair and curl it with an iron 😀 I don’t think any women in the world have such a thing naturally 😀

    1. Yeah, that’s the thing – I’ve already forgotten what wasn’t good, and it seems I just remember what I liked 🙂 otherwise I wouldn’t have been able to write a good review 😀 which seems to be better than the rating itself! LOL

  7. 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! 🙂

    1. You are absolutely right 🙂 realistic parents and realistic boyfriends 🙂 even realistic curly hair problems xD haha. This book was all about realistic 🙂 which was totally great.
      Thanks for reading!

  8. 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! 😀

    1. Thanks Lashaan 🙂 yes, that’s the whole charm of this book. It’s just… real 🙂 some people say they like the fiction in their fiction, but I like books to be realistic, at least when they are contemporary and not fantasy or scifi 🙂

  9. 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 :/
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    1. Yeah! Oh well, maybe it was just me with the writing style 🙂 maybe everyone else will like it! I’ve heard of someone liking that cover even, so there is hope :DDD
      Do you know any other curly hair rep books, BTW?

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