Monday, December 15, 2008

Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi

This book intrigued me when I got it in and I had to put down what I was reading and start this one. I liked it because it's a totally realistic story. This is a fast-paced novel for teens written by a writer who previously had only been published in paperback. Not that there's anything wrong with that but I'm guessing it's more of a thrill to have a hardcover book published. So, the cover and title caught my eye for this book about Maddie, a 16-yr-old high school girl who loves to draw manga and when she's uprooted from the life she was used to in Boston, she finds it hard to fit in at her new school in New Hampshire. One bright spot is the online game, Fields of Fantasy that her dad gives to her as a gift hoping they can play together. In reality he blows her off and she ends up meeting SirLeo and interacts with him virtually. Lots of great realistic elements about teens and life these days (her mom works two jobs to make ends meet when they move in with their grandma)make this book a winner.