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Sometimes before you can build something up, you have to burn it down. Fans of Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl and Jennifer Mathieu's Moxie will fall in love with this fiercely crafted YA novel about...
Sometimes before you can build something up, you have to burn it down. Fans of Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl and Jennifer Mathieu's Moxie will fall in love with this fiercely crafted YA novel about...
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  • Sometimes before you can build something up, you have to burn it down. Fans of Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl and Jennifer Mathieu's Moxie will fall in love with this fiercely crafted YA novel about followers, fame, and fighting for what's right.

    Lainey wouldn't mind lugging a camera around a video game convention for her mega-famous brother, aka YouTube streamer Codemeister, except for one big problem. He's funny and charming online, but behind closed doors, Cody is a sexist jerk.

    SamTheBrave came to this year's con with one mission: meeting Codemeister—because getting his idol's attention could be the big break Sam needs.

    ShadowWillow is already a successful streamer. But when her fans start shipping her with Code, Shadow concocts a plan to turn the rumors to her advantage.

    The three teens' paths collide when Lainey records one of Cody's hateful rants on video and decides to spill the truth to her brother's fans—even if that means putting Sam and Shadow in the crosshairs.

    Told through three relatable voices, this contemporary YA novel from the author of the widely praised Kat and Meg Conquer the World skillfully balances feminism, accountability, and doing the right thing—even when it hurts.

About the Author-

  • Anna Priemaza is a young adult author and a practicing lawyer in Edmonton, Alberta, where she lives with her husband. She is the author of Kat and Meg Conquer the World and Fan the Fame. Visit her online at www.annapriemaza.com or on Twitter @annab311a.

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  • Kirkus

    June 15, 2019
    Content creators strive for subscribers at a Canadian gaming con. Newly minted gamer-girl celebrity 18-year-old ShadowWillow is building her brand by capitalizing on her rumored relationship with 21-year-old Code of YouTube Team Meister fame. Seventeen-year-old Lainey--Code's sister and put-upon roadie--intends to reform her brother by revealing his off-camera racism and sexism--even if that reformation involves destroying his career--while also getting closer to sad-sack love interest LumberLegs. Overflowing with righteous indignation, Lainey wants to fight "rape culture and misogyny" but seems oblivious to collateral damage. Finding solace in online gaming, 15-year-old SamTheBrave--overweight and embarrassed by his dermatillomania--wants to share his fledgling stream with Code at LotSCON but discovers bullies are everywhere and heroes are rare. In contrast to the established digital demigods, Sam displays the most genuine geeky passion. A comic/gaming convention is a temporary, isolated, and intense world, but this fictionalized Blizzard-like con seems unmoored from both reality and fandom. Priemaza revisits Legends of the Stone from Kat and Meg Conquer the World (2017) to discourse on sexism in gaming (through the much-too-eloquent Lainey) and doggedly dissect how to gain internet fame but offers little in the way of frivolous fun. Most characters are white, and whiteness in the gaming world is called out. Celebrity has never felt so calculated. (Fiction. 14-18)

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  • School Library Journal

    August 1, 2019

    Gr 10 Up-In this stand-alone companion to Kat and Meg Conquer the World, high school senior Lainey is the younger sister of Youtube Legends of the Stone (LotS) gaming sensation Codemeister. Lainey acts as Cody's production assistant, despite being increasingly disgusted by his objectification and harassment of girls. But at gaming convention LotSCON, Cody repeatedly brushes off Lainey's concerns about his behavior. Also at LotSCON is up-and-coming female Youtuber ShadowWillow, whose popularity has skyrocketed after a stream with Codemeister that generated rumors about their relationship status. Shadow would rather be recognized for her skills, but she's willing to play along with the gossip if it means driving up her subscriber count. Meanwhile, SamTheBrave, a socially isolated streaming newbie with a skin-picking condition, works up the courage to share his channel with Codemeister. When Cody humiliates Sam and Lainey captures this incident and others on film, she is faced with a weighty question: what if the only way to save her brother from himself is to publicly expose-and destroy-him? While occasionally heavy-handed in its messaging, this novel explores a wide range of complex questions surrounding gaming, misogyny, Internet fame, and call-out culture. The LotS world-somewhat akin to Minecraft-and its fan culture are described in compelling detail, and the POV characters are well-developed. Sam's journey to self-acceptance, informed by the author's own experience with a skin-picking disorder, is particularly well done. VERDICT A worthwhile look at gaming, fandom, and feminism that will find an audience among fans of Jen Wilde's Queens of Geek or Whitney Gardener's Chaotic Good.-Elizabeth Giles, Lubuto Library Partners, Zambia

    Copyright 2019 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • School Library Journal "A worthwhile look at gaming, fandom, and feminism that will find an audience among fans of Jen Wilde's Queens of Geek or Whitney Gardener's Chaotic Good."
  • Booklist Online "This timely novel will appeal to gamers and nongamers alike, in its humor as well as its deft handling of topics such as sexism, bullying, and how to fight for what's right."
  • Kirkus Reviews PRAISE FOR ANNA PRIEMAZA: "A much-needed portrait of the importance of female friendship in an overstimulating, modern world. A heartwarming, realistically drawn story for fans of Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl."
  • Francesca Zappia, author of Made You Up and Eliza and Her Monsters "Kat and Meg Conquer the World will hit home for anyone who has ever been waist-deep in fandom, doubt, or new relationships; Kat's and Meg's unique voices are outstanding, and their friendship brings this story to vibrant life."
  • ALA Booklist "Awesomely fun. Gamer gals, devotees of Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl, and members of John and Hank Green's nerdfighters will find this debut novel by Priemaza satisfying in its depiction of an unlikely IRL bond between two flawed, funny, bright young women."
  • The Globe and Mail "Reading about Kat and Meg's friendship is bubbly and effortless, like spending time with someone who not only gets you, but also gets the things that you love. It pops with sweetness and energy while still treating issues such as race and sex with realism and mindfulness. Joyful and real."
  • Carlie Sorosiak, author of If Birds Fly Back "A uniquely wonderful portrayal of female friendship—warm and wise and whip-smart. The heart of this book is ten miles wide."
  • Chelsea Sedoti, author of The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett "Kat and Meg Conquer the World has conquered my heart. A hilarious, touching, fandom-fueled book about the struggle to find your place in the world—and the beautiful moment when you realize you don't need to do it alone."
  • Publishers Weekly "Genuine friendship leads to acts of great courage in this entertaining and heartwarming story."
  • Brian Katcher, author of The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak "A funny (and sometimes heartrending) story of two outcasts who form an unlikely friendship. Great for readers who realize that it's okay to be different, that the most lasting friendships are the ones that you have to fight for, and that geeks rule."
  • Jilly Gagnon, author of #famous "I can't even begin with my feels for this book. Kat and Meg has everything I want in a story: humor, honesty, hardcore geekery, and characters that make you want to reach through the pages and hug them. This book will stay with you long after you put it down."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "A celebration of girl power at its best, these two prove that the things you hate most about yourself might be exactly what someone else needs."
  • Erin “Aureylian” Wayne, Gaming Content Creator "Inspiring from start to finish. Full of girl power, adventure, heart, and (my personal favorite) video games."

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