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Kat and Meg Conquer the World

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  890 ratings  ·  245 reviews
For fans of Nicola Yoon’s Everything, Everything, Emery Lord’s When We Collided, and Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl, Anna Priemaza’s debut novel is a heartwarming and achingly real story of finding a friend, being a fan, and defining your place in a difficult world.

Kat and Meg couldn’t be more different. Kat’s anxiety makes it hard for her to talk to people. Meg hates being alon
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by Harperteen
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Emma Giordano
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!! This was a super fun, fluffy read about friendship and I really enjoyed it! It was evenly paced and fairly lighthearted which made for a great reading experience. Thank you to Harper Teen for providing me with a copy for review!

Firstly, I loved the neurodiversity in this novel. As it features two main characters, one with anxiety & panic attacks and another with ADHD, I of course was interested from the get-go. I have to say, I agree with the author in saying that it is not specifica
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I'll reread this as soon as I possibly can!

The most underrated book I ever read! This is actually inspiring me to create an understated shelf, even if it has only this book.
This book has 690 ratings, 690??!!!!
Even I the dorkiest guy ever has 612 friends here.

Okay, so what's all the screaming and exclamation marks are for?
They are for the friendship, they are for the perfect sibling relationships, they are for not making your characters annoyingly perfect and they are for the awesomeness a
julianna ➹
I'LL BE HERE IN THE CORNER CRYING OVER HOW PRECIOUS KAT AND MEG ARE. This whole book I just wanted to hug both of them and tell them that everyone sucks.

(Also ignore the cringy cover okayyyy guys.)

And I know the synopsis compares it to Everything, Everything & Fangirl, but it was probably not that much like either. #yourlifeislies

But this was such a real book and it wasn’t like “oh, this couple is perfect for each other and they’re going to get married” because we all know that’s not true. It sh
Chelsea Sedoti
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The thing about this book is, it was written for me.

Okay. Not really.

But it sure felt that way while I was reading. Because:

1. It has everything I want from a book.
2. I became ridiculously immersed in the story.
3. Kat is basically me.

This book is absolutely hilarious. I laughed out loud more times than I can count. But I also cried. I felt every heart-twisting thing the characters were going through like it was happening to me. And to top it off, the writing itself was absolutely beautiful.

Emily Murphy
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This. book.

I want everyone in the world to read this book.

Where to even begin?

KAT AND MEG wove its way into my heart and then set it on fire. I cannot get over how brilliant this book is, on so many different levels. The dual POV voices of Kat and Meg are so genuine and specific to them. Their dialogue is clever and spot-on. The relationships in this book develop like real-life people's do. The way Kat and Meg come to care about one another--and the way that I came to care about them--felt like
Leah Henderson
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
KAT AND MEG CONQUER THE WORLD is so much more than you ever think it could possibly be. Upon meeting Kat you might bristle at some of her thoughts, including most that escape her lips. Then you meet Meg, a tidal wave of personality that can't quite be contained. Video games are eased in the mix and you wonder, how, oh how will this all work?

That is when you have to tip your hat to Anna Priemaza, who makes this imperfect friendship one of the most perfect that I have read in a long time. These ch
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
I hate people.
"Even me?" Meg asks, which could mean she's a mind reader, but probably just means I accidentally said that out loud.
"You're not people. You're Meg."
And something about the way she grins at that makes me feel the tiniest bit better.

Give me every book about friendship ever written. No lie but stories with strong friendships are some of my favorites. Kat and Meg Conquer the World is an incredible story of friendship and connection. Kat suffers from anxiety and panic attac
Katelyn Larson
Mar 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book! I LOVE this book.

I won't lie, I finished reading it a few weeks ago and I have spent every day since trying to figure out how to encapsulate just how much I love it. It hit absolutely every one of my soft spots. Wonderful friendships. Complex families. Adorable old men. Fun and realistic romance. VIDEO GAMES.

And all of it delivered through two amazing, unique girls who simply jump off the page. Kat IS teenage me, and her thoughts and fears and triumphs spoke to me as clearly as if A
Aimee Hyndman
May 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

So I got to read this as part of our critique group and I've seen this book from early stages but even before editing I LOVE LOVE LOVE it. And it all comes down to the characters.

Kat and Meg are two of the most relatable protagonists I've read in young adult fiction. They both have their problems, flaws and crippling self doubts, but they also have their talents and their larger than life personalities. Kat struggles with anxiety and has trouble stepping out
Cale Dietrich
Mar 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: swanky-17s

Okay, that reference will only make sense to people who have already read the book, but I wanted to put it there because a) it’s fun to write, and b) I think it shows the cool and **gloriously** nerdy feel of this book. Because seriously, this book is so nerdy and SO GOOD.


My geeky heart loved the smart and funny references to all my faves (any book that references Harry Potter is instantly special to me), but this book is WAY more than just a collection of funny lines and geek cul
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just what I needed:)

Really enjoyed this story. Watching Kat and Meg becoming friends and facing their fears, wonderful to see/watch. Didn't want it to end:).

Laughed, teared up a few times, and gave out lots of hugs <3
Ruth Lauren
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this dear, sweet, funny, awesome book and am now thinking about how well it does two distinct PoV, how endearing and relatable they both were whilst being completely different and yet the perfect fit for each other, and how cool it is to read about female friendship and neurodiversity and also many, many snacks. I appreciate the hell out of all of these things.
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
★★★✬☆ 3.5 stars
Okay, so despite the pretty bad cover, this was a great book! If you enjoy YA, you should really pick it up – this was one of those honest-tone, diverse, true to the world and not far-fetched YAs that you know you are just going to enjoy.

So why 3.5 stars then, Evelina?..

The only drawback was that the writing style was slightly hard to follow. It kept throwing me off – it's just not a very fluently written book. But! I still feel that the contents are worth your attention,
“I don’t want to be left behind and forgotten about. Don’t want to never leave the house because I’m too afraid. Don’t want to fail our science project because I can’t talk to people.”

5 stars!!
read full review here

This book follows two girls, one named Kat and one named Meg, who are paired together for their science project. Kat has social anxiety, which makes it difficult for her to interact with people, which is as different from Meg as anyone could be. Meg cannot stand being alone, but h
Jilly Gagnon
Sep 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You know those books where you desperately wish the MC was real because you know--KNOW--s/he should be your IRL best friend?

This book had TWO OF THOSE.

Kat and Meg are both such full, flawed, rounded, achingly real characters. I loved that this story focused on their friendship more than anything--the intensity and importance of that when you're in high school is immeasurable, and it always seems to get shunted aside by romance.

Better yet, Kat's sometimes paralyzing OCD/anxiety and Meg's ADHD ar
Mar 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, 2017
I couldn't put it down. The characters were so relatable, and I just had to see how it would end. Can't wait to read the print version! ...more
Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader
I loved Kat and Meg Conquer the Universe.

Sometimes opposites truly attract.  And it's not just for romantic relationships.  Kat and Meg couldn't be more different, but I adored their friendship.  Both characters are flawed and have issues, but you can tell that they genuinely support and help each other become stronger.

I related so much to Kat.  She is shy and has bad anxiety.  Having to move and change schools was difficult for Kat.  She doesn't know how to approach people and is really only he
Jake Burt
Mar 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There was, at some point, a transition in the literature we read growing up. I think most of us experience it - an indefinable moment when books stopped being "fun" and started being "poignant." It went from Sideways Stories and Fourth Grade Nothings and Holes to, "They're all dying...WHY ARE ALL THE CHARACTERS DYING?"

Now, don't get me wrong; poignant is important, and wonderful, and beautiful. I just wish that, more frequently, it could be fun, too.

Enter Kat and Meg. Nothing spoilery is going
"He never leaves. Unlike every other jerk guy in the world, he's always there when we need him."

"I don’t want to be left behind and forgotten about. Don’t want to never leave the house because I’m too afraid."

"So just figure out what you're passionate about. Something you can do because you love it, not because you expect someone to pay you for it."

Soundtrack: Life Is Rosy by Jess Penner
Carlie Sorosiak
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book, you all. THIS BOOK. I'm convinced that I've just made two very best friends, and we will skateboard together (even though I'm bad at it) and will drink hot chocolate with mini marshmallows while watching video game walkthroughs and making each other laugh.

Reading Kat and Meg Conquer the World is like wrapping yourself up in a warm, fuzzy, cosy blanket. That's really the only way to describe it. This is a book that cloaks you in its warmth, and leaves you extremely content with everyt
Jan 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
You know how, when people ask agents and editors what they look for in a book, they say "Voice," and it's always kind of this nebulous (and maybe slightly frustrating) thing?

This book is what they're talking about.

Kat and Meg are both similar, yet distinct. They have their strengths, their weaknesses, and their quirks and idiosyncrasies that make them feel fleshed out and real and like I would totally have been best friends with those delightful nerds in high school.

They are such nerds. I say t
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Two girls who are freshmen in high school become friends. Kat suffers from anxiety and has a lot of social issues. Meg has ADHD and is constantly a bundle of energy. The two of them meet when they start doing a science project together and bond over their love of Legs, a gamer who posts Youtube videos of himself playing video games. The book is very well written and has some memorable and lovable characters. Both of the main characters are well depicted and makes this quick, fun and bubbly read. ...more
Yet another portrayal of anxiety that just does not work for me.

→ Content/trigger warnings; panic attacks, ableism, racism, injured grandparent, mentions of parental abandonment, mentions of death of father, kissing, fatphobia, stroke, sex, blood, body shaming, mentions of vomiting,

→ Rep; Kat (MC) has anxiety (not specified, but reads as social anxiety) and panic attacks. Meg (MC) is Black and has ADHD.

I don't really have any positives about this book, so let's get ranting!

→ Kat's anxiety;

Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade-ya
I enjoyed this book so much—the characters (hi, Grandpa!), the two perspective narration, the video game element, which was done with realism and interest.

A book, at its heart, about the friendship of two girls who find and buoy each other up, with some pitfalls along the way. Beautiful.

Anxiety/ADHD rep, female friendship, and Gamer appreciation. So good!
Oct 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edelweiss
Kat and Meg Conquer the World is a standalone Young Adult contemporary novel.

This book is mainly about friendship.

The narrators are Kat and Meg, grade 10 students in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada). Kat has just moved from Ottawa, Ontario (Canada). She arrives at a new school.

The book deals with mental health, but in a very interesting way. Kat suffers from panic attacks. And Meg has ADHD.

It was so interesting to see how Meg's issues affected her relationships and how she did at school. And it was in
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got as a reviewer for YA Books Central.

A book about two neurodivergent girls–Kat has anxiety, Meg has ADHD–becoming friends and having fun while they bond over their love for the same YouTube gamer? Uh, YEAH I WANT THAT. That’s what Kat and Meg Conquer the World delivers! Even so, I’m merely whelmed. Gonna keep it short, folks. I got stuff to do.

The course of friendship, like love, doesn’t run smoothly. Epcot at Disney World nearly br
Jun 28, 2017 added it
Shelves: audiobook
Reading Kat and Meg is like meeting up with new friends, realizing you might as well be old friends because you get along so well, and ending up with forever best friends. Going into the book, I knew it was exactly the kind of friendship book I wanted--I've been around the block with Youtube fandom, watching vloggers (which I still do regularly), and never really finding other people IRL who could share in my enthusiasm of this form of entertainment that is still not quite mainstream. It's wonde ...more

Kat and Meg Conquer the World was probably the first book that I've read that touches on the growing internet culture of gaming (there may have been others that I've just forgotten about, if so, my bad). From actually playing an online MMO to watching Let's Plays on Youtube, there's certainly a thriving community online who like to game and watch others game together. I personally also quite like watching other people play games- not sure why but there's this odd satisfaction when they do someth
Katie Nelson
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A pitch-perfect story about friendship, fandom, and finding the courage to do hard things!

Kat and Meg couldn't be more different. After Kat moves to help take care of her aging grandfather, she finds herself in a new school, new town, newly on her own now that her brother is off at college. When Meg's so-called-friends ditch her again, she partners with Kat for a science project and the two become unlikely friends. With a shared love of a video game, the girls bond over their favorite YouTube pe
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Anna Priemaza is a contemporary young adult author and a practicing family and immigration lawyer in Edmonton, Alberta, where she lives with her husband. She can never quite remember how old she is, as she knits like an old lady, practices law like an adult, fangirls over YouTubers like a teen, and dreams like a child.

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