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Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner
(Knopf ~ March 13, 2018)
This book GOT ME from the first chapter – Cameron, a high school senior and aspiring costume designer has just moved to rural Eugene, OR. Looking for comic book characters to inspire new cosplay designs, she enters Atomix, only to be directed to the “girls section” by a sexist pig of a comic book nerd. Shook, Cameron decides to go back to the store dressed as a boy. AND THEN THE REAL STORY BEGINS. If you like sewing, feminism, cosplay, D&D, comic books, or (more generally) great books, I recommend this read!
And ANOTHER review of this one!
Oh my readers—this March 2018 release is a must have for your Spring TBR pile!
I had no idea what to expect when I picked up CHAOTIC GOOD, but I’m so glad I finished it right before the New Year. It was a feel-good novel that left me encouraged and feeling great for 2018. I’m a sucker for contemporaries with quirky romances, and this one did not disappoint. Cameron’s journey is emotional, heart wrenching, and joyous all at once. I found myself crying with her and rooting for her with every turn on the page.
Recently I’ve found myself curious about the Dungeons & Dragons so finding out it was a big plot point really excited me. D&D is woven throughout the story and adds so much depth and fun, especially when the characters’ story lines come alive in surprise comic pages that are interspersed throughout several chapters.
Overall, CHAOTIC GOOD is a story about a girl finding herself in a man’s world—so ultimately, isn’t it the story of us all? For that, I highly recommend this book for anyone who’s struggled with finding their place. It’s a read for the artists, the nerds, the D&D fans, and anyone else who wants a light-hearted comedy about the importance of being yourself and fighting off the haters.
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