Author: Annabel Monaghan
Release Date: June 5, 2012 (hardcover)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Source: Copy provided by publisher
Overall: 4.5 Stars
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...
As soon as I read the plot description for A Girl Named Digit, I knew I would enjoy reading the book, but what I did not expect was absolutely falling in love with it! Annabel Monaghan's A Girl Named Digit was a fun, cute novel made of pure win! It's a perfect romantic comedy with laughs and adorable characters, but also balanced with tons of excitement and times of seriousness too.
For the past few years, Farrah has been pretending to be a perfectly normal high school girl, enjoying being one of the popular students for the first time in her life and the anonymity she feels blending into their group. What her friends and classmates don't know is that Farrah is actually a math prodigy nicknamed "Digit", bound for MIT in the fall. But when Farrah notices some numbers flashing during the opening credits of a teen drama, her brain immediately slips into Digit mode, working out the number sequence. Unknowingly, she cracks the code of an ecoterrorist group and puts herself in danger. To keep her safe, the FBI fakes her own kidnapping and hides her away so she can help catch the criminals alongside John, the hot, young FBI agent who's also been assigned to the case.
I loved Digit's rambling inner monologues and her absolutely quirky personality! I found everything about her character just so endearing and the rapid way her thoughts fired through her head left me smiling as I read along. I also really liked how John was more than just a pretty face and someone Farrah could truly feel comfortable to be herself around. He's very dedicated to proving himself as an FBI agent, especially since this was his very first field assignment. And you know what I also liked about A Girl Named Digit? The parents actually had an active role in helping their children solve the case when Farrah and John were starting to get in over their heads. I'm glad the young couple weren't above asking for help when they really needed it.
Despite being a quick, short read, I was very much invested in the storyline and kept wishing more pages would magically appear so I didn't have to reach the end. Sure, the novel may have had its predictable moments, but I simply did not care! I'm very happy to hear that Annabel Monaghan is also working on a sequel because I'm not read to say goodbye to Digit just yet!
Thanks so much to Thomas Allen & Son for providing this review copy!