A Girl Named Digit – Annabel Monaghan

Synopsis

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 actuallyenjoy 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 . . .

Review

I am totally on an espionage kick right now. Expect a few of these in the near future.

I’m not sure how I feel about this book. There were three different “sections”: one super-cool puzzle-solving one, a rather annoying overarching mystery/thriller, and a love story.

The “Digit” details were fascinating. It’s amazing to see people transform something indecipherable into something meaningful. While Digit definitely had some issues (OCD? Anxiety?), it was nice to see her grow into her own skin and own up to her AWESOMENESS. I was positively surprised by the Fab Four (especially Olive), too.

The mystery part was predictable. I knew what was going to happen pretty early on. It was frustrating to see them running around in New York.

As for the love story, I’m almost indifferent. Their relationship escalated so quickly (uh, almost-Stockholm Syndrome?), and was by far the most serious aspect of the novel. I can see why they’d make a good pair though. Also, wouldn’t they make the most brilliant babies in the world?!

Related Reading

  • Gallagher Girls series – Ally Carter
  • Bel Canto – Ann Patchett (it’s a bit of a stretch though)
  • Lexicon – Max Barry
  • Books on conformity and popularity (plus spies added into the mix)

Rating: 4/5

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