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Gamer Girl Paperback – April 20, 2016
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About the Author
Glynis never expected in her wildest dreams to be a writer. After thirteen years in the Human Resources Industry, she decided to stay at home with her two amazing sons. Ever in search of a project, she was inspired to write the story of how, in only six short months, she met and married her wonderfully romantic French husband, Sebastien. The end result became her first novel, French Twist. As this was just the beginning of their epic love story, Glynis continued to chronicle their adventures in the sequel, French Toast, and the final installment in the series, French Fry. After she finished milking her life story for all it was worth, she decided to write straight-up fiction with Gamer Girl, which infuses her beloved chick lit with a hint of fantasy. When Glynis is not writing, she is trying to keep the peace amongst the three men and two cats in her life, finding missing body parts (Lego pieces are small!), supervising a myriad of homework assignments and keeping a tenuous hold on her sanity by consuming whatever chocolate is in the vicinity.
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Top customer reviews
Luckily, she is surrounded by a brilliantly crafted supporting cast of friends and family. Declan is a scream and Grams is truly unique. The dreamy leading man, all those Italian relatives, not to mention the insane co-workers, also pitch in to make Meri's adventures off-line well worth the read!
Glynis Astie does such a great job of keeping the reader invested in Meri’s real life and her virtual life. I’m not a gamer, but I really enjoyed following Pix’s adventures and I loved how her journey mirrored Meri’s. The ending is so satisfying, I wanted to start the book all over again after reading the last page.
Meri is definitely a character you can root for. She’s quirky, funny, and has plenty of issues because of her painful past. Still, she’s full of heart and cares deeply about the people in her life.
And Grams? She’s a total riot. I laughed, gasped, and shook my head at the things she says and does in this novel. I also enjoyed the colorful supporting cast that make up Meri’s world——including hilarious bestie Declan and swoon-worthy love interest Morgan.
I really enjoyed reading GAMER GIRL and look forward to reading more from this author! 5 stars.
I’ve never played a video game in my life, but that didn’t stop me from appreciating how well the author segued back and forth from Meri’s online world to her real one and how the worlds paralleled each other in very subtle and effective ways. The author did some incredible world-building and created some very memorable characters in both the game and in Meri’s workplace (a video game design firm where she’s assistant to a temperamental jerk). Meri’s straight-talking grandmother (affectionately known as “Grams”) is one of the most entertaining characters in the book. She cracked me up every time she appeared on the page, especially with her comments about Morgan (Meri’s love interest). The old girl still had some fire in her!
Meri is a heroine worth rooting for, and I enjoyed seeing her learn and grow as the book progressed. I empathized with her pain and celebrated her triumphs. Since I’m all about girl power, I liked that Meri’s story wasn’t just about getting the guy (although Morgan played an important part in her journey); it was about embracing life and realizing her full potential.
This book is a delightful mashup of genres that I think will appeal to fans of Chick Lit, Romance, and Fantasy. It pretty much has something for everyone, and it’s a story I won’t soon forget. I look forward to reading more from this very imaginative and talented writer!
I received a copy of Gamer Girl in exchange for an honest review.
Hiding in a virtual world after tragically losing her parents, Meri Palmer is an insecure, introverted gamer. I adored her unusual name story. I could feel her parents’ love through that story. Meri’s virtual alter ego, Pix, is her antithesis (or so she thinks); Pix is strong, beautiful, athletic, and cunning. Meri is surrounded by a close knit a family who helps her grandmother raise her right. Although not a gamer myself, I found Meri to be charming and lovable. The sad aura that surrounds her broke my heart as much as her circumstances broke her.
“You can’t spend your life planning for every ‘what if.’ You have to just be.”
Lest you think Gamer Girl is sappy and sad, I have to tell you that Meri and her buddy Declan are hilarious. The two have each other’s back, except for the “eyebrow incident of 2008”! Their teasing and pranks provide plenty of madcap fun. I loved the banter and friendship between Declan and Meri. I don’t understand why Declan was at his brother’s gaming office when he was trying to launch a clothing line, but the character added a lighthearted feel to many scenes. Those two characters provided a fabulous support system for one another.
Almost every chapter begins with a scene from a game, Spellbound, that Meri has been engrossed in for quite some time. Not being a gamer, I had little interest in the description of what was going on in Meri’s online, interactive game. However, the end of the book has a big reveal that will made me wish I had paid more attention to those chapter introductions. Whether you are into electronic games or not, read those chapter introductions carefully.
An ever-present bike messenger named Morgan was kept intentionally enigmatic. After all, the story is told from Meri’s point of view, so she wouldn’t have insight into Morgan if he didn’t actively share. Morgan’s a gorgeous goof who completely understands Meri and her gaming. It could be a match made in heaven…or should I say a match made in a cyber-world Valhalla.
Sweet, romantic and angsty, Gamer Girl moves right along in pace. Meri, as the narrator, is a bit chatty, but her self-doubt and self-deprecation provide much comic relief. From the indomitable Jewish grandmother to the traditional Italian extended family to husband-hunting co-worker, Gamer Girl is fun and touching read.
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