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Gamer Girl

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  2,560 ratings  ·  435 reviews
After Maddy?s parents divorce, she?s stuck starting over at a new high school. Friendless and nicknamed Freak Girl, Manga-loving artist Maddy finds refuge in the interactive online game Fields of Fantasy. In that virtual world, she reinvents herself as Allora, a gorgeous elfin alter ego, and meets a true friend in Sir Leo. Maddy can?t hide behind Allora forever, especially...more
Hardcover, 248 pages
Published November 13th 2008 by Dutton Juvenile
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SERIOUSLY someone stop me from picking books entirely based on their covers. IT USUALLY DOES NOT END WELL.
In this case, I expected a wonderful book and got a cliched story with unlikable characters.
The odds of me finishing this aren't looking too good. It reads like more of a marketing plan than a book. I imagine a bunch of suits sitting around at a marketing meeting at Dutton saying stuff like, "I hear the kids are really into gaming these days! Also those weird Japanese comics--what are those called again? Somebody should write a teen book about that crap and use the lingo and stuff. Mancusi, how about you?"

Edited to add: I did finish it, and I'm taking back my second star.

This is not a book as much as it is a collection of clichéd plot devices and character stereotypes that are more two-dimensional than those found in after-school specials.

It has everything which makes a teen book amount to nothing. A main character named "Maddy Starr" (an obvious author-insert for Mari Mancusi) who constantly bitches about how "nobody gets her, and nobody ever will," and how she's repulsed that no one at her new school is a "mop headed emo boy" or an "Edward Cullen worshiping go...more
Dec 21, 2012 Vanessa marked it as to-read
The blurb.

Little less inclined to read this now.
lowered my iq
Celise Winters
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Have you ever read a unique book where no matter how hard you try, you can't seem to find anything like it? Gamer Girl would have to be one of those types of books. There's nothing really special in wording that Mari Mancusi uses. But somehow, the plot draws me in. It's different, to say the least.

I read Gamer Girl about three years ago, and at that time, I was a seventh grader. The cover drew me in(I always judge the cover) and when I finished the bo...more
Vanessa K.
THIS BOOOK IS MY NUMBER 1 FAVORITE BOOK! This book was so awesome! For me i loved this book because this book talks about a girl that love japanese manga and anime and she watches the episodes and draw them, it's just like me and other people who love anime and manga! This book really made me smile when i heard very familliar animes in the book. For me, this book was sort of like a cinderella story,have any body heard of the movie "A Cinderela Story"? That movie had the movie star Hilary Duff in...more
Apr 30, 2009 Nia added it
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Lauren  Librarian
Maddy's parents have recently divorced and her mom has moved Maddy and her younger sister from the big city of Boston, to a small rural town. Maddy and her old friends from Boston describe most of the teens in the area as Aberzombies, preppy kids that dress in polo shirts, play football, and aren't really aware of most of Maddy's interests.

Maddy loves manga, anime, and is a gifted artist, but is quickly deemed as "freak girl" by one of the most popular boys at her school. It doesn't help that h...more
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This book had the potential to be so much more, a real paen to the "pwn you" spirit of geek girls and gamer-girls everywhere (of which I am one), but the author chose instead to rehash every predictable high-school trope prevalent in much of today's YA fiction. Not to mention create the thoroughly unlikable character of Maddy Starr, who was quite obviously Mari Mancusi--another grown woman reliving her high school days--what is the deal with that anyway? First Meyer and now Mancusi and goddess k...more
Okay I get that this is purely fictional and yet, I expected scenarios to be possible and not so far-fetched when it comes to realistic fiction. One of the elephantine/ginormous plotholes is something I wouldn't spoil. Never mind, here it is:(view spoiler)...more
Gabby Watson

Book Review 2

Gamer Girl:
A Twist on Reality

Life sucks. Well at least Maddy Starr thinks it does. But you can’t blame her: her parents just got divorced and because of that, Maddy, her sister, and her mom are stuck living in her grandma’s “unicorn museum”. She’s getting mercilessly bullied by Billy Henderson and the Haters, and it doesn’t help that she’s in love with Billy’s right hand man.
Things start to look up on Maddy’s 16th birthday. Her dad sends her a computer game call...more
Jan 05, 2010 Ruby rated it 1 of 5 stars Recommends it for: No one
Recommended to Ruby by: My cousin
No. Just, no.

I hate this book. I just HATE it. I want to throw it to the wall and burn it. I forced myself to finish this book so I can get on with reading another book that I was sure would be better (I HATE having to stop reading a book without finishing it). I'm used to reading predictable books, but this is just ridiculous. No plot twist, no real conflict, it's plain and there's nothing memorable about it besides the fact that it includes manga and a MMORPG.

I couldn't connect AT ALL with the...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

Maddy Starr's world has come to an end. Her parents just divorced, and now she's living with her mother and her 8-year-old sister in the unicorn-infested house of her grandmother. Yikes! Could it possibly get any worse?

Yep, it can get worse.

On her first day at her new high school, Maddy is humiliated. As she's about to leave for school, her grandmother declares she will not allow her granddaughter to go to school looking like "a dea...more
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This is a book that I would read once, but never again.

I'm not going to lie; I did not enjoy this book as much as I wanted myself to. The main character was a girl that I could easily aspire to become; her life could possibly be an exact duplicate of mine, however, the difference was that her life was too easy.
This book did not do what I wished it would to me emotionally. In most books I enjoyed, there were times when I could emotionally connect with the main character, and we would seem to form...more
I read this book once upon a time, back when I was young and naive. I really communicated with the main character back then, now so long ago. Now that I have returned to the book with all the things I have learned and experienced, to be very frank, this book sucks.

The cover is cute, and the chapters begin with cute emoticons of the mc. That's cute. However...the plot is too predictable, the main character annoys me deeply (she also contradicts herself at select parts), and it is just one long ra...more
This book was incredibly predictable, but the writing was really good and I cared enough about the characters to keep reading (even though I was pretty sure I knew what would happen). Maddy moves to New Hampshire with her mom and sister in the middle of the school year and immediately gets on the bad side of the popular crowd, who then make it their mission to make her life miserable. To escape from it, Maddy becomes heavily involved in a World of Warcraft-like game called Fields of Fantasy, liv...more
Maddy’s life couldn’t get much worse. Her parents split and now she’s stuck in a small town and at a new school. Most of the time, she retreats into her manga art, but when she gets into the Fields of Fantasy online computer game, she knows she’s found the one place she can be herself. In the game world, Maddy can be the beautiful and magical Allora and have a virtually perfect life. And she even finds a little romance. But can Maddy escape her real-life problems altogether, or will she have to...more
Amanda Edwards
Gamer Girl, by Mari Mancusi, is about a 15 year old girl, named Maddy, and that she gets a game from her dad for her birthday. Her mother and father split up, and Maddy and her sister, and mom, have to live at their grandma's house. Maddy has to leave her old friends behind for what her mother and father's relationship had ended. She has to go to a whole different school, in order to make new friends and enemies. So the game that Maddy got for her birthday is named, Fields of Fantasy, and she ge...more
I'm a little torn with my impressions of "Gamer Girl". Let me first start off by saying that the premise did appeal to me because I was very much into games, manga, and anime when I was around the protagonist's age (matter in point I still am, but I don't have as much of the time to place to it now as I used to.). So when I read the premise, I thought it was an excellent subject to write a book about and eagerly awaited reading it. I lucked out finding it at my local library (which I just checke...more
Jonathan Nonnemacher
Gamer Girl is about Maddy, a teen who along with her mom and sister must move in with her grandmother after her parents' divorce. Maddy must deal with moving to a new school, the continuing fallout from her parents' split, as well as trouble making friends. The main line of plot conflict comes when Maddy falls for someone online - a player she meets on the computer game Fields of Fantasy. Maddy begins to suspect that the knight she's falling for (screen name, "SirLeo") might actually be someone...more
of course, i picked up this book based not only it being the author of a series i mildly enjoyed, though it had gorgeous cover art so i decided to give it a read.

to be honest, i was disappointed. like others mentioned, there were numerous spelling errors, and i feel like the author has a childish writing style.

the characters are nice, and i enjoyed chad's rebellion against his clique. however, i felt that the plot was very unrealistic because, to be frank, the chances of an online pal being your...more
Okay. So I bought this book at our school Book Fair. I was totally bought with the lovely cover. Curse lovely covers! It was just eye catching and there was only ONE on the shelf. I don't know why but I knew I had to buy it.

But I was disappointed. Sadly.

It's not that I didn't like the book. I didn't love it either. I guess I liked it at least a good bit but not something I'd touch or reread for a while.

There were some spelling errors I was itching to write on and correct. But I didn't. It seem...more
Mar 20, 2009 Nian rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2009
His name is CHAD MURRAY? Like, in recognition of Chad Michael Murray, the One Tree Hill star? What a terrible, terrible coincidence. Just, come on - as soon as he cheated on/betrayed Sophia Bush, he's been kicked off my LIKE list to the very bottom. Besides, I’ll always remember him as squinty-eyed-boy.

Gamer Girl (GG) reminded me too much of A Cinderella Story (ACS). So typically clichéd that it made me want to bang my head against the wall. Then moan in agony.

1. Pathetic protagonist who's con...more
Paulina Alexis
Gamer Girl was so full of cliches and the main character is such a special snowflake. Barely describes a gamer girl, more like a weeaboo who thinks gaming means playing some kind of WOW-based game. As a girl who is also somewhat of a gamer and a fair appreciator of tacky sweaters, manga and anime, and also comics and cartoons, I can't say that this book is at all realistic. A game of WOW makes a gamer not. Maybe if she actually played something else, I would have liked the book. Maybe if the who...more
Kourtnie McKenzie
Gamer Girl had me addicted all the way through--don't get me wrong about that. This book, however, was on its way to four stars (it was amazing, but it just didn't have the five star sparkle) until the very end.

Mari Mancusi has written a fine work of teen fantasy fiction. Without bringing up spoilers, you think (or, at least, I thought) you have the whole thing figured out halfway through the novel, and then she sends you on so many twists and turns--and wrenches your stomach into a dozen knots...more
Vicki ~ no time to read
Dec 20, 2010 Vicki ~ no time to read rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Vicki ~ no time to read by: Amethyst
Awww. I really like this book. It was cute, if somewhat predictable. A really easy read, but interesting nonetheless. I loved how I could relate to this book and to the character. I mean, she was just a normal teen, trying to get through the hell of high school that had trouble being herself at school. She relied on a virtual world to be able to show her true self. I felt like i had similar experiences even though i'm not into manga or intricate video games. I also like that sometimes she talked...more
Mar 13, 2014 Rose rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: People who don't mind anticlimaxes
Recommended to Rose by: Umm...the school library?

I actually sort of liked this book. After looking at all of the reviews with 1 stars, you must think I’m insane. And maybe I am. But whatever. I liked these characters, the plot, almost everything. So why only 3 stars? Because it’s an insult to have the main character figure something out on page 200-whatever that you figured out on page 70, but I’ll get to that later.

So let's see:

This book centres around a 16-year old girl named Maddy who had just moved to a new town and switched schools...more
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Mari Mancusi used to wish she could become a vampire back in high school. But she ended up in another blood sucking profession --journalism -- instead. Today she works as a freelance TV producer and author of books for teens and adults.

When not writing about creatures of the night, Mari enjoys traveling, cooking, goth clubbing, watching cheesy horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure--vide...more
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“Whatcha doin', Freak Girl?"
"What does it look like, brainiac?" I shot back, even surprising myself with the force of my jab. "I'll give you three guesses. No, wait. Don't strain yourself. Wouldn't want to hurt your head." I waved a flyer in his face, channeling my inner mean girl. "See these? I'm hanging them...on a...wall!" I spoke the last part slowly, as if addressing a dim-witted child. Which wasn't far off the mark, now that I thought about it. "With tape," I added, waving at the dispenser. "You know-sticky, sticky!”
“Anyway, I'm sure the guy lives a million miles away."
"Or he could live right in your backyard. You never know."
I nodded, keeping a poker face, even though the idea of Sir Leo living in my backyard was extremely appealing.”
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