Thursday, March 26, 2009

Gamer Girl




Just finished Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi. Recommended by a girl that lives for daily doses of Rune Scape. I was a little worried I wouldn't be able to get into it because I know practically nothing about online gaming. Turns out I had nothing to stress about because the story was very easy to fall into.
Maddy Starr is forced to leave her exclusive private school and friends when her mother suddenly decides to leave her father and start a new life in a small town outside of Boston. To make matters worse they move in with her crazy grandma. Unfortunately on Maddie's first day at her new school crazy grandma insists on not only picking out her clothes but also taking her to school. Of course her and grandma run into a crowd of popular kids and Maddy is immediately labeled "freak girl".
As Maddy struggles to find new friends and come to gripes with her parents split she becomes involved with a role playing online computer game called Fields of Fantasy. Her game character is her complete opposite, a beautiful, confident, brave elf named Allora. The plot thickens as she meets a mysterious knight -Sir Leo who seems so charming online but keeps pressuring her to meet in person.
Fields of Fastasy becomes Maddy's escape as she deals with the truth behind her parents divorce and the constant hell that her new school has become.
Can Maddy learn to stand up for herself and face her fears? Can she find a way to fit into her new school? Will she decide to meet Sir Leo in person even though she's been warned of the dangers of online predators?
Check out Gamer Girl and find out for yourself.......
I liked this book, it was a little predictable but still a good story with a solid, likeable character. I would recommend Gamer Girl to readers 12 and up.
This book is available at the Salmon Public Library.

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