Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza

Kat and Meg Conquer the World

For fans of Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything, Emery Lord’s When We Collided, and Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Anna Priemaza’s debut novel is a heartwarming and achingly real story of finding a friend, being a fan, and defining your place in a difficult world.Kat and Meg couldn’t be more different. Kat’s anxiety makes it hard for her to talk to people. Meg hates being alon...

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Kat and Meg Conquer the World Reviews

  • Katelyn Larson

    This book! I LOVE this book.

    I won't lie, I finished reading it a few weeks ago and I have spent every day since trying to figure out how to encapsulate just how much I love it. It hit absolutely every one of my soft spots. Wonderful friendships. Complex families. Adorable old men. Fun and realistic romance. VIDEO GAMES.

    And all of it delivered through two amazing, unique girls who simply jump off the page. Kat IS teenage me, and her thoughts and fears and triumphs spoke to me as clearly as if A

    This book! I LOVE this book.

    I won't lie, I finished reading it a few weeks ago and I have spent every day since trying to figure out how to encapsulate just how much I love it. It hit absolutely every one of my soft spots. Wonderful friendships. Complex families. Adorable old men. Fun and realistic romance. VIDEO GAMES.

    And all of it delivered through two amazing, unique girls who simply jump off the page. Kat IS teenage me, and her thoughts and fears and triumphs spoke to me as clearly as if Anna had read my journals while writing. I'd be Kat's best friend in a heartbeat.

    But thankfully I don't have to be, because she already has Meg--fierce, excitable Meg who I want nothing more than to wrap into the snuggest, warmest hug of my life. These girls feel so real, and their friendship is one that had me rooting for it from the first page they shared together.

    Another confession: I cried four times while reading. The emotions packed in these pages--happy, sad, and everything between--are rendered so beautifully. The moment I finished reading, I already began flipping back to find my favorite scenes. I'll be returning to them again and again. I'm quite sure that once I have this in hard copy, I'll wear the binding thin with my rereads.

    If for nothing else, read this book for the writing. Anna captures the most complex emotions in heartbreakingly relatable terms. I can't count the number of times I stopped to read a paragraph aloud and revel in its beauty.

    This is the book I spent my teen years searching for. It's a book about finding forever friendships. It's a book about being geeky and vulnerable and different and coming out on the other side.

    Pick up this book. Full stop. No ifs, ands, or buts. You won't regret it.

  • Chelsea Sedoti

    The thing about this book is, it was written for me.

    Okay. Not really.

    But it sure felt that way while I was reading. Because:

    1. It has everything I want from a book.

    2. I became ridiculously immersed in the story.

    3. Kat is basically me.

    This book is absolutely hilarious. I laughed out loud more times than I can count. But I also cried. I felt every heart-twisting thing the characters were going through like it was happening to me. And to top it off, the writing itself was absolutely beautiful.

    Bo

    The thing about this book is, it was written for me.

    Okay. Not really.

    But it sure felt that way while I was reading. Because:

    1. It has everything I want from a book.

    2. I became ridiculously immersed in the story.

    3. Kat is basically me.

    This book is absolutely hilarious. I laughed out loud more times than I can count. But I also cried. I felt every heart-twisting thing the characters were going through like it was happening to me. And to top it off, the writing itself was absolutely beautiful.

    Both Meg and Kat are wonderful and loveably flawed and

    . As Kat herself describes them:

    Kat’s anxieties could have been pulled straight from my own brain. And Meg… Well, Meg is a force of nature. Her frantic energy leapt off the page. I could read her (often hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking) rambling forever.

    In fact, the only thing I disliked about the book is that it’s

    a book. My life would be so much richer if Meg were my best friend.

    Both Meg and Kat were such vivid characters that I really did feel like they were real. I felt like I was part of their friendship, like by reading the book I’d joined an amazingly special secret club. At a certain part it was as if I stopped observing and became an actual participant in the story.

    I think there are a lot of Megs and Kats in the world. People who don’t fit in. People who look at the world around them and wonder why they’re different, why they can’t just be

    . But there’s no such thing as “normal”. And being different doesn’t mean being broken. I can’t wait for this book to get into the hands of all the Megs and Kats so they can be reminded that, like the characters, they’re actually

    .

  • Emily Murphy

    This. book.

    I want everyone in the world to read this book.

    Where to even begin?

    KAT AND MEG wove its way into my heart and then set it on fire. I cannot get over how brilliant this book is, on so many different levels. The dual POV voices of Kat and Meg are so genuine and specific to them. Their dialogue is clever and spot-on. The relationships in this book develop like real-life people's do. The way Kat and Meg come to care about one another--and the way that I came to care about them--felt like

    This. book.

    I want everyone in the world to read this book.

    Where to even begin?

    KAT AND MEG wove its way into my heart and then set it on fire. I cannot get over how brilliant this book is, on so many different levels. The dual POV voices of Kat and Meg are so genuine and specific to them. Their dialogue is clever and spot-on. The relationships in this book develop like real-life people's do. The way Kat and Meg come to care about one another--and the way that I came to care about them--felt like such a rare treat, in a way that reminded me of Rainbow Rowell's ELEANOR & PARK. These two characters are both so charming, so flawed, so achingly lonely, and they are the most perfect, heartwarming fit for one another. Over the course of the story they grow and change and come to life so fully that I actually felt them walk around making imprints on my heart.

    The whole book is full of characters to fall in love with--online friends and love interests and family members. The whole time I was reading I sort of just wanted to give the book itself, and everyone inside of it, a massive hug. Because KAT AND MEG bursts with warmth. It's fresh and unique. It's adorable and unabashedly nerdy, and surprisingly hysterical.

    And, also, sometimes it will shatter your heart.

    But then it will put it back together again piece by piece, and you'll find that by the end, somehow the whole is bigger than it was before.

  • Cale Dietrich

    TO THE RIFT!!!

    Okay, that reference will only make sense to people who have already read the book, but I wanted to put it there because a) it’s fun to write, and b) I think it shows the cool and **gloriously** nerdy feel of this book. Because seriously, this book is so nerdy and SO GOOD.

    My geeky heart loved the smart and funny references to all my faves (any book that references Harry Potter is instantly special to me), but this book is WAY more than just a collection of funny lines and geek cul

    TO THE RIFT!!!

    Okay, that reference will only make sense to people who have already read the book, but I wanted to put it there because a) it’s fun to write, and b) I think it shows the cool and **gloriously** nerdy feel of this book. Because seriously, this book is so nerdy and SO GOOD.

    My geeky heart loved the smart and funny references to all my faves (any book that references Harry Potter is instantly special to me), but this book is WAY more than just a collection of funny lines and geek culture references.

    This is a really great and thoughtful book about friendship, a topic that is hugely important to everyone but doesn’t seem to be explored in media as much as, say, romantic or family relationships are. I just love that this book takes the time to explore the complexities and difficulties of friendship, and really shows how valuable it is to our lives. So yeah, this book gets major points for that.

    And the characters! Ahh, I just love them all, but especially the two protagonists. Kat and Meg both get their own POV, and I thought this was done really well. Both have distinct voices, and both are so so lovable. And they're just so great as friends, as they just fit together so well. Pizza/candy/streaming parties for life!

    Basically, I adored this book. It's really smart, super funny, and explores friendship in an amazing and unique way. After I finished reading it, my reaction was this:

    (seriously, that’s a line from the book. If that doesn’t convince you that this book needs to be on your TBR, I don’t know what will).

  • Aimee Hyndman

    BUT REALLY GUYS THIS IS THE BEST BOOK!

    So I got to read this as part of our critique group and I've seen this book from early stages but even before editing I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. And it all comes down to the characters.

    Kat and Meg are two of the most relatable protagonists I've read in young adult fiction. They both have their problems, flaws and crippling self doubts, but they also have their talents and their larger than life personalities. Kat struggles with anxiety and has trouble stepping out

    BUT REALLY GUYS THIS IS THE BEST BOOK!

    So I got to read this as part of our critique group and I've seen this book from early stages but even before editing I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. And it all comes down to the characters.

    Kat and Meg are two of the most relatable protagonists I've read in young adult fiction. They both have their problems, flaws and crippling self doubts, but they also have their talents and their larger than life personalities. Kat struggles with anxiety and has trouble stepping out of her comfort zone. Meg has ADHD and her wandering mind and loud personality often seem to push people away from her. But when the two are paired up on a science fair project and bond over their love of the same youtube gamer, their friendship is what really makes the book.

    There aren't enough books out there focusing on female friendships. While there is a spot of romance in this one, Kat and Meg are the stars and its their relationship that drives the plot. They're just the perfect compliments to each other, even if they sometimes get on each other's nerves. Its a funny, heart warming, and very real book and definitely contains one of the best portrayals of anxiety I've ever seen. So what I'm saying is YOU SHOULD ADD THIS BOOK TO YOUR TO READ LIST AND BUY IT AS SOON AS YOU CAN!

    Please and thank you,

    Aimee

  • Leah Henderson

    KAT AND MEG CONQUER THE WORLD is so much more than you ever think it could possibly be. Upon meeting Kat you might bristle at some of her thoughts, including most that escape her lips. Then you meet Meg, a tidal wave of personality that can't quite be contained. Video games are eased in the mix and you wonder, how, oh how will this all work?

    That is when you have to tip your hat to Anna Priemaza, who makes this imperfect friendship one of the most perfect that I have read in a long time. These ch

    KAT AND MEG CONQUER THE WORLD is so much more than you ever think it could possibly be. Upon meeting Kat you might bristle at some of her thoughts, including most that escape her lips. Then you meet Meg, a tidal wave of personality that can't quite be contained. Video games are eased in the mix and you wonder, how, oh how will this all work?

    That is when you have to tip your hat to Anna Priemaza, who makes this imperfect friendship one of the most perfect that I have read in a long time. These characters (including Grandpa) and the Legend of the Stone video game have stayed with me long after I turned the last page. A page I kept turning back and forth, hoping more would appear to their story. As a reader, I became so invested in their lives that I almost believed I might see them again at their school lockers in Edmonton.

    This is the kind of book you shout about from the rooftops and hope everyone is lucky enough to read it!

  • Ruth Lauren

    Just finished this dear, sweet, funny, awesome book and am now thinking about how well it does two distinct PoV, how endearing and relatable they both were whilst being completely different and yet the perfect fit for each other, and how cool it is to read about female friendship and neurodiversity and also many, many snacks. I appreciate the hell out of all of these things.

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)

    Give me every book about friendship ever written. No lie but stories with strong friendships are some of my favorites.

    is an incredible story of friendship and connection. Kat suffers from anxiety and panic attacks and s

    Give me every book about friendship ever written. No lie but stories with strong friendships are some of my favorites.

    is an incredible story of friendship and connection. Kat suffers from anxiety and panic attacks and she prefers peace and order, while Meg’s ADHD leads her to a life enjoying serendipitous surprises and thriving moment to moment. When these opposites are partnered for a semester long science project, they begin to bond over their shared love of a video game and a famous gamer. What develops is a beautifully realistic friendship that transcends the page and hooks into your heart.

    is the absolute greatest! I love every single things about it. It’s a truly wonderful pairing of opposites attract!

    has

    that keeps her isolated and lonely. But Kat is such a resilient character and actively makes an effort to push herself. Not because she’s shamed into, but because she doesn’t want her anxiety to control her. Helping her along the entire time is the wonderful and amazing Meg.

    has

    and trouble focusing. She feels like her flighty disposition is the reason everyone leaves her and that’s she’s unworthy of sticking around for. (I also LOVE that we get a

    !) With the help of Kat, and Legends of the Sword, Meg is able to focus and start setting small goals for herself and work toward them. Meg is also incredibly brave and fearless. I admire her. They have such a beautiful and full friendship filled with incredible amounts of love, support, and understanding.

    I really loved the role that

    played for each girl. Not only does the game serve as the thing that initially draws them together, but it plays a role in each of their lives. We see Kat’s confidence because she knows who she is in the game. The game helps center Meg and helps her focus. I also really liked that the way each girl plays the game is very indicative of their character. Meg randomized her character and rushes in with little thought; Kat is a planner and plotter, and likes being prepared for all situations.

    Describing

    in the fall as “a slow, colorful striptease” is the greatest thing ever and it made me laugh.

    I really liked all of the

    in the story. They were adorable and perfect for the contemporary, but they didn’t detract from either character or their growing friendship which I greatly appreciated.

    Meg’s little brother

    is the most adorable child ever.

    In the beginning of the story, I had

    between Kat and Meg. The girls personalities were distinct and they felt like individuals, but it took me a few chapters to be able to instantly differentiate who was speaking when.

    This is completely a personal issue, but I had

    , the video game that Meg and Kat bond over. I don’t play videogames, so I don’t really have a reference point for the world and rules of games. I liked the camaraderie, but I didn’t really get what they were doing or working towards.

    I would have liked to

    , Kat’s brother. He was a very important person to Kat, but I felt like I didn’t really get to know him or see their relationship.

    I’m just so incredibly happy after reading this, and it put me in a fantastic reading mood. Kat and Meg are amazing complex characters who compliment and uplift one another creating a friendship for the ages. I’m serious, I need all the books about friendship.

    is a story of bravery and resilience and finding the perfect person to help you along the way.

  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks

    ★★★✬☆ 3.5 stars

    Okay, so despite the pretty bad cover,

    If you enjoy YA, you should really pick it up –

    So why 3.5 stars then, Evelina?..

    It kept throwing me off – it's just not a very fluently written book. But! I still feel that the contents are worth your attention, so i

    ★★★✬☆ 3.5 stars

    Okay, so despite the pretty bad cover,

    If you enjoy YA, you should really pick it up –

    So why 3.5 stars then, Evelina?..

    It kept throwing me off – it's just not a very fluently written book. But! I still feel that the contents are worth your attention, so in this review I'm going to dwell on the positive.

    – Kat, who is extremely introverted and suffers anxiety, and Meg, who is quite an oddball and has ADHD, and also happens to be the only black girl in pretty much the whole neighbourhood. These girls chance into being friends through a science project in high school and... end up conquering the world :D

    It will remind you some of your own teenage or childhood friends, especially if you're female. I was so happy about this friendship...

    That are not evil, deranged or absent? Or just unrealistically Stepford perfect?

    But this one does! Meg's parents are divorced, in fact, her dad isn't ever

    dad – he's her stepdad, as Meg lost her own dad when she was little.

    Because he still keeps inviting her two little siblings to hang out, who are

    his children, but he doesn't invite her. It's a big source of pain for Meg, and this problem is an important theme in the book. Her step-dad isn't evil either, by the way. All of this is resolved very realistically.

    Books that show relationships the way they are. Books that don't make you believe the boyfriend is supposed to be your savior

    Books that don't sell you the stuff that your first boyfriend will be your husband, or that it should be that way.

    And on top of that, she's introverted, so she already doesn't like dealing with people too much. But when she does? She basically implodes. Reading about this has been personally very helpful for me, because although I have anxiety myself, I teeter on the edge of introversion and extroversion, but I am close to someone pretty damn introverted, so it has helped me make sense of some of the things I experience in my relationship with that person. It has helped me react in more healthy ways and understand them more.

    There is no love for curls in the world! I mean, alright, Meg is black, so there's still no love for white curly haired girls

    , but I'll take what I can get.

    I hate it when books have that, and they have that

    Her life truly is affected by her ADHD, but she deals with it well in terms of daily stuff, even though she blames herself of driving everyone away because being who she is.

    And I especially loved her being so different! She's loud, she's quick to say things, she's, well, basically hyper. But she's so genuine and so true! I would love to be Meg's friend. And it definitely IS okay to be like her!

    So it looks like I've run out of numbers here

    , but I don't feel like I've said it all.

    so I won't even make it into one of the points. But basically, even if this isn't quite a 4 star read for me writing-wise, I still wish I'd grown up with books like that. I would have grown up to be more healthy inside, I think.

    And to you all, really.

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  • Emma Giordano

    4.5 Stars!! This was a super fun, fluffy read about friendship and I really enjoyed it! It was evenly paced and fairly lighthearted which made for a great reading experience. Thank you to Harper Teen for providing me with a copy for review!

    Firstly, I loved the neurodiversity in this novel. As it features two main characters, one with anxiety & panic attacks and another with ADHD, I of course was interested from the get-go. I have to say, I agree with the author in saying that it is not speci

    4.5 Stars!! This was a super fun, fluffy read about friendship and I really enjoyed it! It was evenly paced and fairly lighthearted which made for a great reading experience. Thank you to Harper Teen for providing me with a copy for review!

    Firstly, I loved the neurodiversity in this novel. As it features two main characters, one with anxiety & panic attacks and another with ADHD, I of course was interested from the get-go. I have to say, I agree with the author in saying that it is not specifically a “mental health novel” (as she had mentioned to me a few months ago) but it is very evident that their disorders are implemented into the story very naturally. ADHD & anxiety are not mentioned on every page, but we absolutely see how Meg’s ADHD affects her schoolwork, her family, and her friendship, whereas we see how Kat’s anxiety forms a lot of her decisions. It’s not the primary focus of the novel, but an important factor that was executed extremely well in my opinion. (As someone with anxiety, I especially loved Kat’s portrayal. It was so nice to see a character suffer from the daily weight of this illness, but also grow and start to conquer it.)

    I also enjoyed that one of our main characters, Meg, is black. I hadn’t given much thought to the ethnicities of our protagonists before reading so it was nice to get some surprise representation there! I obviously can’t speak for the rep, but I will say I noticed Meg talks more about issues of being a black teen than most books with black main characters written by white authors. I can’t tell you if that’s good or not, but I did feel as if there was a strong effort to make it an accurate portrayal.

    In general, I loved Kat and Meg and protagonists. They complement each other so well it’s mind boggling. It’s a total introvert/total extrovert pairing that creates a very balanced dynamic. Kat helps Meg stay focused and Meg helps Kat step outside of their comfort zone. I also felt it was a very healthy relationship so yay for supportive and fluffy girl friendships! They do have their fights like most teenage girl friendships, but they were never malicious towards each other, never betrayed one another, and always did their best to keep the other’s interests in mind.

    Also side note, it’s the first book I’ve ever read that takes place in Canada, I believe! Yay for some non-American/UK YA.

    Another part of the story I loved (because gosh there’s so many things!) was the fact that their friendship begins on the fact that they both love a YouTube who streams video game playthroughs. I found this concept so unique because it’s a huge part of many teens lives today. I’m not a big fan of gamers on YouTube, but the fandom culture was totally accurate. The video game/YouTube aspect was super super fun to read about.

    There’s so much more that I want to talk about but I’m going to hold my tongue because I’m filming a review coming soon! The one thing I didn’t enjoy about this story was it wasn’t very plot based. There’s really no concrete storyline, it’s just the story of these two girls who are partnered up at the beginning of the year & become friends because of a shared love of a gamer on YouTube. It’s not a huge critique because I understand many YA-contemporaries aren’t very plot focused to begin with, but sometimes I wished there was just a little more driving the plot other than 1. Science fair 2. Lumberlegs/LOTS 3. Family issues. I just felt there was room for more content!

    All in all, really really great read. Would definitely recommend to anyone who enjoys YA contemporaries involving mental health themes, girl friendship, and videos. It was so fluffy, cute, and funny, that you can’t help but love it.


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