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Post-High School Reality Quest

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  77 ratings  ·  38 reviews
Buffy is playing a game. However, the game is her life, and there are no instructions or cheat codes on how to win.

After graduating high school, a voice called “the text parser” emerges in Buffy’s head, narrating her life as a classic text adventure game. Buffy figures this is just a manifestation of her shy, awkward, nerdy nature—until the voice doesn’t go away, and
Paperback, 320 pages
Published June 13th 2017 by Rare Bird Books
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Anna Priemaza
Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
You pick up this book.

> Read book.

You start reading the book. It's about a girl who, upon high school graduation, starts having her life dictated by a text parser, making life into a text adventure game. It's strange and disorienting and so incredibly cool. The girl can't seem to figure out life, which you get because most of the time, neither can you.

>Keep reading.

As if you had a choice about that. Of course you keep reading. You can't stop reading. You need to know whether she's
Oct 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This may be one of the most wildly original YA entries for 2017 - the only book I can think to compare it to (for sheer originality, outrageous & clever humor, and sly irreverence) is THE HITCHHIKER'S GUIDE TO THE GALAXY (it's that good - it's worthy of the comparison). Our MC, Buffy, finds herself navigating post-high school life & love while stuck inside a text-adventure video game. I am not a gamer, but you don't have to be to quickly catch on to the format (with saved lives/do-overs, ...more
Madeline Dyer
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Right from page one, POST-HIGH SCHOOL REALITY QUEST grabbed me, and I just couldn't put it down. Inside these pages is a complicated and haunting story of love and loss, written in a unique and compelling style that pulls us right into Buffy's world--and makes sure we can't get out. Meg Eden handles the topic of mental illness with sensitivity and skill, while also showing just how confusing and scary these experiences are, at times, for her main character, as even the reader begins to question ...more
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. The entire time I read this book I kept saying to myself "I've seriously never read anything like this before." I dare you to make a comparison. Post-High School Reality Quest turns Buffy's life into a game where every situation give her a chance to respawn and change her fate. Laced within the game are moments in the present (or so you think) where Buffy is in a psych ward. I kept flipping pages furiously to find out if it was real or if it was all in her head like the doctors kept telling ...more
Jun 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A unique take on the transition that happens after high school. Gamers who love quest games (and even those who are not!) will appreciate classic elements written into a book that explores the journey from teen to adulthood and all of the complications that follow.

Fans of At the Edge of the Universe will love this!
May 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I heard the pitch for this book I knew I needed to read it. As a life-long gamer with my fair share of text-adventure deaths, I appreciated all the old school video game references, and the back and forth sniping between Buffy and the game was hilarious.

But aside from the fun and totally unique style, this book explored a lot of heavier important issues as well, in both Buffy and her friends. I especially loved that Meg Eden chose to write about characters from a small religious
L.V. Pires
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've never read a book like this before! I was immediately pulled into the story by the unique POV, a mix of first and second person that reads like you're in the middle of a video game. Meg Eden pulls this off in a perfect way so that it doesn't feel gimmicky and there's still so much character development with sprinklings of dark humor and the difficult topic of mental illness. I was definitely pulled into the story in the first few pages and enjoyed the unique approach to storytelling.
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
You need this book in your life. I love how original and creative this book is and how unique the format it is written is. .I couldn't stop reading this book once I started it. I had to know what would happen next. This book also handles some tough topics, but it handles them well. I really enjoyed this read and I think you should read this book. You won't regret it!
Far and away the most boldly original YA novel I've ever read. Jaw-dropping, shocking and unmissable. More coherent review to come -- in the meantime, do yourself a favor and preorder this rare gem, available June 13.
Jun 18, 2017 rated it liked it
Post-High School Reality Quest has one of the most unique storytelling structures that I've experienced in a novel. The way the story is written is a throwback to text adventure games, which was fun and original.

Despite the video game elements and entertaining writing style, this book has a lot of very serious and sometimes dark elements to it. This book delves into a lot of different and very difficult mental health issues including schizophrenia, anxiety, depression, and eating disorders.

Kathy MacMillan
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a unique, wild ride of a book! Buffy’s story of trying to find her way after graduation lends itself perfectly to the format of a text adventure game. Buffy must navigate a barrage of choices about who she is and who she wants be, examine and reexamine relationships with friends and family, and somehow keep remembering to save. The book is full of witty touches that will make geeky readers laugh out loud; my favorite is the fact that Buffy has nicknamed her backpack “inventory”, so whenever ...more
Dani Moss
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was really good! And I'm not just saying that because I met the artist at MagLabs . This brought back a lot of memories from high school and from life right after high school for me, so I could relate to what the characters were experiencing. An easy read with an enjoyable plot, I highly suggest this for those that want a sense of nostalgia of high school, video games, and friendships. ...more
Jul 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I received a review copy of this book from the author. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.

This is another book I have complicated feelings for. It's so wonderfully original and unique but as a consequence, it took me a while to get used to the story and the ending left me confuzzled. Let's get into it, shall we!

1. The POV. Normally, I start off with the characters but I think it's really important to begin with the POV because it kind of impacts everything else. As it says in the
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
One of the best things I've discovered on Twitter this year is Meg Eden (@ConfusedNarwhal) and her bookPost-High School Reality Quest. Being a big fan of video games, I was intrigued when I saw the premise of this book: At her high school graduation, Buffy finds that her life has started being narrated/controlled by a text parser in the style of an old school text based video game. This leads to some weird experiences. She dies, comes back to life, makes extreme choices, and more over and over ...more
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it

This is definitely the most original book I have read this year. As an old school gamer I definitely appreciate all the references in here, and overall I really enjoyed the book. It did take me a couple of chapters to get used to the writing style (which is why it only gets 4 stars from me), but once I did it really became a page turner. The book broached a lot more teenage topics than I was expecting, including some of the heavier ones such as mental illness, but it did it in a way that I think
Kelsey Wheeler
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
It took me awhile to get use to the writing format of this book. It's like reading a video game script and Buffy's brain is the narrator. But once I got use to it, the story really started to unfold. It was really strange and disorienting. Some parts gave me chills. Buffy just keeps struggling to figure out life. Which some people may be able to relate to because right after high school might just be the most difficult time for someone in life. I had to keep reading to know if Buffy was actually ...more
Meg Eden
May 31, 2017 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Can't believe it's just a couple weeks until PHSRQ comes out!
Joood Hooligan
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I first started reading it my mind registered something was weird, I had to reread the first few pages a couple of times, but it wasn't until I was a few pages in that I realized what was going on. The book is in second person. As someone who regularly games, that pleased me. I ended up immediately messaging a few of my other gamer friends and told them they should check it out... and this was before I'd actually gotten into the book.

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Oct 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
it was a good book with a very unique style of writing. it was a great read.
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gave this to a friends granddaughter. She loves it!
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book brings back memories of this time in my life. I enjoyed the story and the characters were believable for me. A new twist on a story that seems familiar. I enjoyed the different take on it. *I received this book for free and this is my honest review*
Laura Shovan
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't review books, but I do blog about them. Meg Eden, author of Post-High School Reality Quest, stopped by for "5 Questions for the Author."

Congratulations on your debut, Meg! Let’s dive into the interview.

1. I love quest stories with female leads. How does Post-High School Reality Quest follow and/or break with the traditional quest narrative?

You could say Buffy’s quest is for Tristan, but there’s nothing epic about it. She’s not going to any
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Post-High School Reality Quest by Meg Eden has a unique feel that right out of the gate cannot be ignored. The cover alone is covered in 80s/90s nostalgia approved text graphics with the formatting of a video game from an age before 3D graphics and MMOs. This isn't just for show either, as a single turn of the page deals us another wild card. The story's main character, Elizabeth, or Beth, or Buffy as she's referred to is sitting in a psychiatrist's office after what is seemingly the mother of ...more
Steph Warren
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I received a free copy of this book with thanks to Meg Eden, author and organiser of the Nerd Girl Books blog tour. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*

Post High School Reality Quest is Young Adult coming-of-age story with a difference. The majority of the book is written in video game ‘text adventure’ style.

The ‘narrator’ addresses the explanatory and descriptive passages in the second-person, aimed at the main character, Buffy, who responds with text prompts as she attempts to
Aug 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This is a unique story characterized as science fiction, however I'm not sure I agree - I see this novel as "realistic fiction" with possible elements of science fiction. Ultimately it doesn't matter, since you'll want to read it for yourself and immerse yourself in the main character's turbulent transition from high school to college.

This is a difficult time for many teens and this story reflects many of the pitfalls and hazards of roommate relations, college parties, and first romances and
Sarah-Jayne Briggs
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
(I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review).

(This review may contain spoilers).

When I originally read the blurb of this book, I was immediately intrigued by the concept. The second person perspective did take a bit of getting used to, though. There were a couple of times I found myself almost linking to Buffy, but in a way, I felt that she was more of a one-dimensional character. Even the things she liked weren't really expanded upon. The possible exception was her playing the
Deborah Schaumberg
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
You don't have to be a gamer to enjoy Post-High School Reality Quest! It is a fascinating and absorbing read with a unique style and voice, that plunges you deep into the main character's head. It's almost disturbing how raw and intense the emotions in this book are. Readers will easily relate to the struggles of high school and graduation...leaving old friends, making new ones, finding your place in the world and figuring out what's important to you. Meg Eden tackles some pretty tough issues ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Perhaps the most inventive book you'll read all year. The main character lives her life as if there's a text-based adventure being narrated inside her head, but there's so much more to this story than what might, at first glance, seem like a literary gimmick. There's a much deeper (and at times darker) meaning behind everything that's happening, and it forces the reader to think critically about the nature of self while also enjoying a story filled with heart, heartbreak, and moments of humor. ...more
andrea caro
This book might have been a 4-4.5 star read for me, but there was some excessive slut-shaming and I just couldn't deal. The format is weird. The book is really fucking weird. Stylistically, it was excellent. I don't think I'll ever read another book quite like this one.
May 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Right from page one, POST-HIGH SCHOOL REALITY QUEST grabbed me, and I just couldn't put it down. Inside these pages is a complicated and haunting story of love and loss, written in a unique and compelling style that pulls us right into Buffy's world--and makes sure we can't get out. Meg Eden handles the topic of mental illness with sensitivity and skill, while also showing just how confusing and scary these experiences are, at times, for her main character, as even the reader begins to question ...more
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Meg Eden's work has been published in various magazines, including Rattle, Drunken Boat, Poet Lore, and Gargoyle. She teaches at the University of Maryland. She has four poetry chapbooks, and her novel "Post-High School Reality Quest" is forthcoming from California Coldblood, an imprint of Rare Bird Lit. Check out her work ...more