Farrah “Digit” Higgins may be going to MIT in the fall, but this L.A. high school genius has left her geek self behind in another school district so she can blend in with the popular crowd at Santa Monica High and actually enjoy her senior year. But when Farrah, the daughter of a UCLA math professor, unknowingly cracks a terrorist group’s number sequence, her laid-back senior year gets a lot more interesting. Soon she is personally investigating the case, on the run from terrorists, and faking her own kidnapping– all while trying to convince a young, hot FBI agent to take her seriously. So much for blending in . . .
I was never planning to read this book. I saw it one week as one of the featured books of the month by Amazon and said, “Yeah, nope. Not going to read that one.” But I read it, because I’ve been hearing about it a lot recently.
In a way, I can’t really say that I didn’t see this review coming. I knew from the second I started reading that book that I wouldn’t like Farrah. There’s just a tone to her POV, her narration, her voice as a character, that I find generally unlikable. And there was her “Oops, I said what I was thinking. What are you saying? Oh, of course it was an accident,” habit that drove me nuts. Then, there was the matter of improbable situations.
For instance, when Farrah was “kidnapped” to protect herself, she said her phone wasn’t with her. What kind of moron takes a teenager’s word that they don’t have their phone with them without searching them? Especially in the matter of protecting someone and/or a national terrorist crisis. I can’t claim to know how the FBI works, but I just felt that situation was kind of stupid.
All in all, you can enjoy this book if you just don’t think too much about it. The ending was fine, the topic was interesting and creative. 3 stars. There were funny parts to this book that I enjoyed, and Annabelle Monaghan’s voice as a writer wasn’t my favorite, but it was okay. Henry and John were both likable characters that I enjoyed reading about. It was interesting to see how the talents between John and Farrah let them bond.
I think one of the things I really like about this book is the puzzles. I felt like Annabelle Monaghan did a lot of research into crafting them. I love making puzzles. Tricking people into seeing something when really there’s nothing there in the first place. Making them think there’s nothing there when really everything is hidden there. I appreciate this book because it got me into the mood to re-watch the anime Phi-Brain, an anime about five different puzzle geniuses.
This book wasn’t my type of book, but I still found it amusing. I’ll be watching Annabelle Monaghan to see what else she comes out with in this series.
pg count for the hardback: 187
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