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From the synopsis I thought that A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan was going to be a really cute and fun read. I was hoping that it would be a little like Anna and the French Kiss (my review) only set in California and featuring an FBI love interest. While I didn’t quite get an Anna and the French Kiss I did still get a cute little book. And I do mean little, this one barely hit the 200 page mark and I think that the story might have been better served if there had been more words included in it.
Farrah is an uber math genius but she’s been hiding that fact from her friends in order to have a “normal” high school experience until one day when she stumbles onto a terrorist plot. Which then leads to those same terrorists wanting to kill her, enter in cute FBI protector and you’ve got this book in a nut shell. As I mentioned about I think this book would have been better if more words were used to flesh out and build this story. I thought that events moved rather quickly and that made it harder to think of this story as real. Though for such a short read it did pack in a lot of action and information and I was impressed with that.
For the most part I really enjoyed the characters in this book, which was told from Farrah’s point of view. I felt that the relationship between her and John was well developed and believable. I liked how there wasn’t any insta-love between them and that he was all conflicted since he is older than Farrah. But again, I think that I would have liked watching their romance bloom more if it had been given more time to develop over a longer book. I also felt that at time this book turned into a bit of a motivational piece. I like the message that it sends to be proud of who you are and to not be ashamed of being smart but I think that it could have been woven in a bit better.
Overall, I thought this was a fun read and is a great addition to your summer read pile. Its quick and it isn’t overly complex. The story is fast paced and I think that fans of Anna and the French Kiss will enjoy it. While I didn’t fall head over heels in love with this book as I had hoped I will be putting Annabel Monaghan on my authors to watch list and look forward to her next book.