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A Girl Named Digit (Digit #1)

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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 sen ...more
Hardcover, 187 pages
Published June 5th 2012 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published June 3rd 2012)
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Daiane
I am so disappointed with this....

"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"

Not even I could take her seriously.... Didn't like the "FBI agent" either... Just too.... Meh...

Booknut
Normal girls watch TV shows and think "Gosh, he is such a babe," or "WHAT is she thinking?! Mauve top with that skirt - nuh uh!"
Normal girls don't let their attention stray, and they certainly don't use their genius Maths-wired brain to play with a set of numbers that just so happen to appear in the corner of the screen.
And normal girls definitely don't end up decoding a secret terrorist message - a message that becomes reality when JFK airport is bombed.

But then again...Digit isn't normal. Wi
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Joy (joyous reads)
Seventeen year old Math wiz solved a terrorist code while watching a teen soap opera. Priceless. Whoever says those shows dull the mind of our young ‘uns must’ve been trippin’.

Farrah Higgins took painstaking means to live a normal existence at school. Born a Math genius and referred to as ‘Digit’ all through her young life, she worked very hard at changing that status when she started High School. She wanted to blend in and not to be treated like a freak show who knew the Fibonacci code better
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Mitch
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: no-just-no
Digit may be a smart girl, but this book was just so full of stupid I think I've lost more than a few brain cells. I mean, I totally understand the appeal of A Girl Named Digit, it's sort of cute, definitely corny, cheesy, incredibly shallow, so bad it's good, one of those instant train wrecks that you just can't look away from ... heck I'd even call it a definite guilty pleasure. But in the end, after that last page, you just realize, it's not a great book.

Digit, for one, even though she's so s
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The Library Lady
A pox upon whichever Kirkus hipster wrote the favorable review of this dreck that persuaded me to buy it.

Simply awful. I found the writing painfully fake from the beginning--the author was trying hard to sound like a teenager-- but decided to continue reading it anyway.

But the gorgeous, incredibly young (well he's a genius and in a top secret FBI division) FBI agent was already straining my believability meter when he turned out to have a posh secret hideout and CIA agent parents. And the instan
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Laurence R.
Dec 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a funny read!!
Amalie Howard
Jul 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
"I knew very little about John (besides the exact outline of his jaw and the way it framed his mouth like rigid parentheses around a soft word that is too delicious to be spoken aloud)."

This teen spy thriller with its clever, beautiful writing is a breath of fresh air in a sea of same old, same old.

Farrah "Digit" Higgins is no ordinary teenage girl. She sees patterns in random numbers, aces the Math SATs and has an IQ that you would need the Fibonacci sequence to figure out. But despite her ex
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Ipshita
★★★★

Farrah a.k.a. Digit is a very adorable and really rather normal teenager. Sure she's what one would call a mathematical genius, but her witty narration and her addiction to bumper stickers make her seem so adorable. John is really more like a beta hero. He is very serious about his responsibilities and work. And we get a lot of glimpses of his actual self throughout the story. Also, I liked how he does act like a twenty-one year old guy around Digit and acts on his feelings for her without b
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nick
Jun 24, 2012 rated it liked it

Read more of my reviews at Nick's Book Blog

A Girl Named Digit was one of my "Waiting On Wednesday" a few weeks ago. What initially attracted me to read the book was the cutesy cover and the interesting premise. Going into the book, I was expecting a light summery read and that's exactly what I got !

Farrah a.k.a Digit, is a Math prodigy. She is so obsessed with Math that she cannot help but find patterns in numbers wherever she goes. One afternoon when watching a TV show along with her friends, s
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Liz at Midnight Bloom Reads
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Melannie :)
I wish this book could understand how much I love it, but since books have no brain I am going to tell YOU instead. I love this book! There, I said it, and I am so not ashamed because this book was amazing, it has everything I like: likable characters, fast-paced story line and some serious swoon-worthy scenes.


First of all I would like to point out how ingenious Annabel Monaghan is. I mean a character like Farrah (aka Digit) is not easy to create. Farrah is a genius, no kidding, she is so good a
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Lynn
Apr 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Farrah Higgins has a unique mind - she is a math genius and can instantly see mathematical patterns. For most of high school she has hidden this gift completely from her friends who have no idea she tops the charts in test scores. Farrah works hard to keep her gift under wraps. But one day while watching TV, she sees a pattern of numbers that repeats three weeks in a row and Farrah's mind clicks into overdrive, solving a puzzle that is terrifying and important. When she finally convinces the FBI ...more
Robert Beveridge
Annabelle Monaghan, A Girl Named Digit (Houghton Mifflin, 2012)

Full disclosure: this book was provided to me free of charge by Amazon Vine.

If you ever wanted a stark example of how small changes made by professionals can help a book, pick yourself up (assuming you can find one on Ebay or the like) an ARC of the book now known as A Girl Named Digit. Which isn't the most eye-catching title in the world, I know, but it towers over the title on the ARC: Digit: She's Got Your Number. Oh, good lord. T
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Lucinda
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
*Spoilers*

A spectacular young-adult read that is exciting, full of dynamic intensity and which will have you glued to the pages!

I am SO impressed by this delightful story that captured my attention instantly, as I was drawn into the most compelling, fascinating plot. Character-driven and cleverly crafted this inspired, original read is contemporary and fresh; like nothing I have encountered before. Full of wit, humor and laugh-out-loud moments this book is certainly entertaining, and makes for
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Briana Yanson
Apr 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The cover suggests that the story is going to be about a girl in school with the stereotype of a "nerd". It isn't like that at all though. Digit has the character strengths of critical thinking and social intelligence. She shows social intelligence when she thinks that popularity is important and she becomes a part of "The Fab Four" very quickly.
Zoe and the Edge
Mar 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars

This is an outlandish plot and it's very cutesy. You can't take it too seriously. I really thought this would be pure fluff but the ending delves into some deeper issues rather eloquently. I really appreciated how the author wrapped it up and those laugh out loud moments didn't hurt either. Monaghan has a kickass sense of humour!

I’m One Bad Relationship Away from Owning 30 Cats

Farrah is adorable. She just wants to be normal and accepted. I liked her personality. It's a perfect mix of
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Sonia
4.5/5

Fast, fun, and just plain adorable... there's three words to describe Annabel Monaghan's fiction debut, A Girl Named Digit.

Farrah, code name nickname "Digit," is a secret math genius. She's tried to keep it secret from her normal, popular friends lest she get labelled as the numbers freak again, but there's no denying that she scored perfect on her math SAT. Now, as far as I know, Annabel Monaghan doesn't share Digit's genius-level affinity for numbers (WHO KNOWS) but she does do a wonderfu
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Ellie
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: z-2015
This was exactly the short, compelling read I was expecting it to be, so that I could finish it in three hours.

I only have a few things to say.

1- Digit felt real. I mean, I'm not saying it's normal to have superpower math skills, but I think she coped with being taken into hiding and being chased the same way I would. Although, I'm not sure I would've fallen in love in the process.

2- There were no moments when Digit (physically) kicked-butt. I think that is why I couldn't give the book five st
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Jennie
Jul 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012-july
I got this book out for three reasons: 1) I like books about people with quirks like that, especially math ones; 2) I like thrillers, especially ones that are out of the norm; and 3) my family is full of SAMOHI alumni and future students (my sister starts in the fall, my brother will next fall, and my sister will in...eight years, okay, but still).

This book...didn't really live up to any of my reasons for reading it in the first place. Sure, "Digit" had a cool math ability, but besides it being
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Mary (BookHounds)
Mar 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
MY THOUGHTS
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT

Farrah Higgins finally has the chance to ditch her nickname of "Digit" and her geeky past of being a mathematical genius when her father (a math professor at UCLA), moves the family to be closer to work right before her freshman year. She is befriended by the cool girls who come across initially as total self absorbed losers at first and has her first kiss by the hunky guy everyone has the hots for. All according to her plan, right? When she throws up at the party a
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Princess Bookie
Sep 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2011
My Thoughts: Awesome plot? Check! Smart chick? Check! Hot FBI agent? Check!

Digit: She's Got Your Number was an amazing special book. It really pulled on my heartstrings and I loved every minute of it.

We're introduced to Digit aka Farrah Higgins whose extremely smart when it comes to numbers. She's a math whiz, she can figure out any kind of equation, number sequence, and anything math related. Genius! One day Digit is watching her favorite show, and numbers flash across the screen. This happens
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Carissa
So, here I am, at the end of a not-too-long journey with Farrah Higgins and John Bennett. Farrah, or rather Digit, is an exceptionally bright girl, mathematically gifted, and does everything she can to hide that proclivity from her fellow high school students. That is, until she uncovers the mode of communication by eco-terrorists via a stream of numbers at the beginning credits of her favorite show, or rather, the favorite show of her "best" friends. Before she has time to count the bumper stic ...more
Lillie
See the full review at: Read My Mind


My Review:
From the very beginning, DIGIT appealed to me. I liked the idea of a smart teen with an extreme affinity for numbers, patterns, codes and things like that. When I read beyond the first few pages and found that Monaghan had also written in normal parents (not absentee or with extreme issues of their own), I really started to like DIGIT. This is a novel that balances out some of the other YA books I've read where smart girls are "geeks" or play the s
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Carol Nicolas
“On the morning of my kidnapping, my mom’s makeup was perfect.” So begins the hilarious story of math genius Farrah Higgins, who is a senior in high school and more than anything wants to blend in with the crowd. “Digit” hides her abilities and slides through high school life pretending to be just like everyone else. The facade begins to crack when one night while watching a popular show with her friends, Digit sees a series of numbers on the bottom of the screen. This is repeated two more weeks ...more
Jill
Jun 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I think that the best books are those that leave you angry when your done. The ones that make you defend the characters, want to punch them, laugh with them, cry with them, and be them. This entire book, I was living the story, no matter whether or not I noticed I was. I started to realize when one of the characters got (emotionally) hurt and I wanted to punch the other character (no matter how much I loved them). When the main character embarrassed herself (bad!) I wanted to smack her and say, ...more
Nafiza
Aug 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2012
This novel danced its way into my favourites. It manages, in its short length, to be discerning, fun, funny and adventurous. It also manages to subtly incorporate something more substantial than you would think given its length and tone.

Digit has been trying to fit in all her life. Born with a genius IQ that makes math to her what cookies is to the cookie monster, she often has to dampen her eccentricities so that people don’t call her a freak if not worse. And then when she makes certain connec
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Michelle
Jun 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, teen
Farrah’s name isn’t really Digit, but she was such a nerd in elementary school that kids started calling her that. When she moved High Schools she hid her genius level math skills and worked on fitting in. That all gets blown when she accidentally breaks a terrorist code while watching TV. The FBI starts to believe her when a known terrorist agent comes after her. That means she has to go into hiding, but at least her FBI handler is a hunky agent.

What seemed like an interesting concept turned i
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Jessi
Jan 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-debuts
Preliminary review: Digit: She's Got Your Number is a fun contemporary mystery! When Digit moves to a new high school, she attempts to leave behind "Digit" and just be Farrah. That is until watching tv with her perfect friends, she notices odd numbers flasshing on the screen--numbers that lead her straight into a much bigger affair that she intended. As she gets swept up into the investigation, she has to let Digit take over to solve the case.

This book is just as much about Farrah learning to ac
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Jordon
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
This book teetered on the edge of believable and unbelievable. It was like it didn't know if it wanted to be light and fun, or serious and correct. I couldn't figure out if I was enjoying this book or if I was reading it just so I could find out what happens. It was both childish and scary at the same time.

I mean eco-terrorists that are trying to kill you? That's pretty scary. So then why did it also feel like a cliche story? With a childish romance? It kept flipping from one end of the scale to
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Whitney (Shooting Stars Reviews)
Reviewed by Whitney@Shooting Stars Reviews

A Girl Named Digit begins when Farrah ends up finding out a code for a terrorist attack. She's been hiding who she is all through out high school, so she could actually have a "normal" life, but all of that changes when she ends up having to use the FBI's help to stay alive. Along the way she and a rookie FBI agent end up getting a little more close then normal, and all kinds of crazy things start to happen!

I really enjoyed this book. It was really good
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