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A Girl Named Digit Hardcover – June 5, 2012
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There are some very interesting themes going on in this story. I think many teenagers probably feel they are hiding their true selves from everyone else. I sure felt that way at that age, and I think teens will connect with Digit. She's quirky, but not too quirky. She's funny and even pretty normal in her abnormal way. I really liked her, and I loved following her through all the spy adventures across the country.
The romance was clunky, though. I didn't quite understand Digit's attraction to John, and I didn't see the signs that John was falling for her. Then all of a sudden they are a couple, sort of, and in love. It wasn't instalove, but we weren't close enough to either Digit or John to really feel what they were feeling. As a result, I wasn't as invested in the ending as I wanted to be.
Still, this is a fun, fast-paced story that will bring a smile to your face.
Age appropriateness: there's no drugs, language, or sex scenes, so I'd say this is appropriate for younger teens.
It's a shame, actually. Monaghan's story held a lot of promise for me. I like detective/spy stories and I like math. The television show NUMB3RS was one of my favorites and I thoroughly enjoyed the nonfiction book In Code written by Sarah Flannery, who was also a teenage math genius. There are some pretty cool descriptions of mathematical codes, but much of the story, especially the FBI related stuff, isn't very believable. So the FBI has a Willy Wonka elevator that runs underground from their Los Angeles headquarters to various warehouse districts in the city?
But it's not just technical details that bothered me. Characters often acted in unbelievable ways as well, especially Farah's parents. The lightning-fast romance between the ambitious, goal oriented FBI agent and the teenager whose safety is his primary mission strained credibility. In order to enjoy a fun, light-hearted novel I was perfectly willing to accept the possibility of this romance occurring, but I just couldn't accept the speed with which John flipped the switch from professional FBI wunderkind to love-sick highschooler.Read more ›
When Farrah aka `Digit' is hanging out with her friends, watching one of her favorite shows, she notices something. Some numbers that appear on the screen and over the course of three weeks, she's not sure what to make of them. See, Digit is a genius when it comes to all things numbers. She's able to figure all things math and numbers out in her head in seconds. She can see patterns in things, which is where the nickname comes from. She just wants to be a normal teen girl and hides this part of who she is. Yet the numbers she sees's on the screen she just can't ignore.
Let's just say that these numbers land her in some major trouble and she's forced to go into protection with the FBI. With her help and the help of her protector John, together the two work together to stay save and try to figure out what the bad guys are going to do next.
Mr. FBI agent, John is an interesting character as well. Monaghan did an amazing job making her characters well rounded and highly entertaining. So much so that I just couldn't get enough! Seriously, when I finish it I wanted more.
The story and plot found in this title were fast moving and thrilling, hence one of the reasons why I just couldn't get enough of this book! The building & budding relationship between Digit and John might have been quick because the whole story happens over a short period of time, but it didn't feel that way at all. It never felt rushed and I honestly believe it's because of Monaghan's writing and storytelling that made this such a solid well written tale.Read more ›
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It's good and the story is hard to guess. The plot twist is unexpecting too. It's the best story i've readPublished 1 month ago
A Girl Named Digit is a is a young adult crime thriller with enough fun, action, and romance to keep readers engrossed clear through to the end. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stacie Theis
Loved every second of this. Only wish the 15 year old me had gotten a chance to read it. Still, the forty something year old me thought it was heaps of fun, brilliantly paced,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by L. Geller
A sweet, fun, cute, light novel. I read it in a few hours and I'm dying to read the next book in the series now.Published 13 months ago by Emma
This is a fun, fast and sweet action adventure that I will have this avid reader looking for more to come in this series.Published 13 months ago by Nona Daley
I was really excited to read A Girl Named Digit: a girl math genius (great for my STEM-leaning students), uses her skills to help bring down a terrorist organization... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Mai-Lis M
This is really expensive at almost £5. I don't think it's worth that for an eBook.
This would be suited for a much younger audience as it was hardly plausible. Read more
I loved how it describes the settings and feelings of the character. I also loved how the author added quick cheesy jokes in such a situation to break the ice.Published 14 months ago by Memphis judy
Really interesting and different book. Obviously, the author is mathematically inclined (which I am not), so this book was very believable. Read morePublished 16 months ago by SiddyBird