A Girl Named Digit by Annabel Monaghan

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A corny romance disguised as a mystery thriller between a high school brainiac and an "attractive" FBI agent. 

Farrah "Digit" spends the majority of her time pretending that she's normal by doing basic high schooler activities such as going to parties, watching romance shows with her friends, and hanging out with her clique. Then one day, she finds herself caught up in an investigation, hunted by terrorists, and accompanied by the hottest man that she's ever met: John the undercover agent. As she proves her worth to the FBI and the case, can she also convince John that she's worth taking a risk on romantically? 

This book was very cringe in so many different ways. My number one pet peeve had to be how thirsty Digit is throughout the book. She comments on how attractive literally every man she meets is (except for the dude she dubs "Creepy"). And as soon as she meets John she's all, "Can necks be attractive?" "Maybe he'll accidentally touch my arm," "Do you think he'll kiss me?" Ah! This attitude drove me literally insane. I'm sure there are people who think like this, but I find it to be fake, awkward, and frankly a tad crazy. Some of Digit's thoughts were really unhinged and there is no way anyone would actually think some of them in real life. 

John was also such a meh character. He was chivalrous, I guess, but I don't even really have any other words to describe this guy. He doesn't seem like he would make the best FBI agent, yet obviously that was one of his main roles in the story. I'm not convinced that someone in his position would actually reciprocate Digit's feelings, but for the sake of the book, I knew it was going to happen by page three. 

The plot itself was also not the most convincing either. The things that Digit deciphers seem a bit out there for someone who has no training and is just "good with numbers." Also, the fact that the terrorist group wanted to kill her so insistently was also a tad weird due to the fact that she had very little evidence she could have used against the group. But I guess they thought "better be safe than sorry." The way the dots connect are at once very predictable yet feel relatively sporadic. I can by no means say that this was a well-crafted mystery or that the book ever had me wondering what would happen next. 

Another thing that really bothered me about this one is the chapter titles. They were honestly the most humorous part of the book, yet they had very little connection to what was actually happening in the story. I must admit though, short chapters definitely saved this book. If it was long winded, I would have completely hated every second of this book. Due to its length, it was at least tolerable, despite the corny, bizarre, weirdness that was the entire story. 

Overall, I don't even know what "A Girl Named Digit" really is. It is first and foremost a corny romance that had elements of a mystery thriller in it. Predictably, the romance and the mystery both fell flat to me, so this book completely missed its mark in my opinion. I had very low expectations going into this one, and I feel that they were fulfilled just as I expected them to be. I think I'm still going to pick up book two, even though I care very little about Digit and John as characters. I have this habit of completing things, and since my library owns the sequel too, I might as well stick with it. 

ladytiara's review against another edition

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Teenager Farah Higgins is a math genius. She can look at any random set of numbers and see patterns. After having a rough time in middle school (she became known as Digit, because of what her classmates saw as her freakish abilities), she's stayed under the radar in high school, hiding her amazing math abilities. Life is going along swimmingly until the day she realizes that the random series of numbers showing up onscreen in her favorite TV show are actually a coded message about a major terrorist attack. It turns out that she's stumbled on to something major, and before long, she's on the run with a hot young FBI agent.

This was a fun fast read (I finished it in a few hours). Digit is a likable, smart heroine. She's a genius, but she's been keeping it under wraps for years in an attempt to be treated as a normal teenager. John Bennett can relate: as the child of two spies and an up and coming agent himself, he's used to keeping secrets. Their banter is very funny and the flirtation that develops is very cute. The plot is a bit predictable, but in a lightweight story like this, it didn't bother me.

This isn't exactly an intricate thriller, but it's very enjoyable. Fans of Ally Carter's Gallagher Girls series will like it, and if you always wanted a lighter, younger version of Alias, this may be just what you're looking for.

I received an ARC from Amazon Vine.

erinvillan's review against another edition

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adventurous funny lighthearted


alboyer6's review against another edition

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Digit is a mathematical prodigy but what doesn't come easy to her is simply fitting in at high school. But once she solves a terrorist's mathematical coded message, she has to be protected by the FBI. This was just a fun book with an interesting quirky main character. She tries to hide her quirks and she does successfully for a time but during her time in FBI protective custody she gets to be her true self and discovers the freedom in that. One of my favorite parts of the book is when Digit realizes that the friends, the Fab Four, that she thought were really quite shallow, all have their own depths that, while not hidden, she just didn't choose to see. A fun story that is a bit of an adventure and romance rolled into one.

phillygirljl's review against another edition

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Farrah, “Digit”, math genius, tries to foil a terrorist plot while fighting off her feelings for the FBI agent assigned to protect her.

While the plot in A Girl Named Digit wasn’t the most intricate of suspense/thrillers, it was an engaging and fast read due mostly to the heroine, Farrah “Digit” Higgins. I found Farrah a refreshing and funny girl and I liked the development of her character by the author. I thought it was interesting the way Farrah thought of herself as two different people. Farrah was the average teen – a senior in high school – who hung out with popular girls, and while she wasn’t exactly a mindless follower, she understood the value of trying to fit in in order to survive high school. Digit, on the other hand, is a math savant who can find the most obscure patterns in a bunch of numbers.

I noticed in some reviews that I read of Digit, that people had a problem with Farrah and John’s romance because of her being a minor (and him not). I honestly was not bothered by the fact that she was seventeen (almost eighteen) and he was twenty-one. The romance between the two was one of the things I liked about Digit. Farrah and John had CHEMISTRY between them, which I like in a good story. And while they may have shared some hot kisses, it didn’t go beyond that. Plus, I loved that John was willing to wait until Farrah turned eighteen in order to pursue their relationship further.

The reason why I liked the relationship between Farrah and John was because John accepted her for who she was – Farrah AND Digit. Part of this was probably due to his similar gift with languages, but I also felt like he just got Farrah, weird math abilities and all. It was refreshing to see that a guy DIDN’T like that a girl was trying to hide her quirks in order to fit into the mainstream.

I recommend A Girl Named Digit to readers who like “thriller-lite.” It had enough suspense to keep me reading, but it wasn’t so involving that I got lost in too many plot twists and turns.

kelleemoye's review against another edition

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I love a book with a strong, smart female protagonist. It helps if the story is thoroughly entertaining as well. This book fits that mold. Farrah is nicknamed Digit because of her insane aptitude for numbers. She's never really fit in because of her brains, so when she went to a new school, she decided to hide her intelligence so she can hang out with the popular kids; however, she cannot completely block out her mind and ends up cracking a code to a terrorist plan. Now, she is FBI's only hope for stopping these criminals who are not afraid to kill others and die doing so. Now, she gets to embrace her genius and help save the world.

This book is one that will definitely find readers in many classrooms and has a great protagonist for girls to look up to.

Topics: Ecoterrorism, Fathers, Role Models, Geniuses, Fibonacci

Mentor text for: Grammar, Puns, Voice, Suspense

"I smiled, a little embarrassed, and started scanning the alley for nothing too, while I thought about my new favorite word: either. He could have just said, "I'm not just a pretty face." But he added either. Either can be an adjective (I could lean over and kiss either his neck or his lips), a pronoun (His neck or his lips? Either will do), or, like here, an adverb following a negative subordinate clause (I'm not just a pretty face either). I wondered if it could be a name. We could have a daughter and call her Either." (p. 54)

missjessie182's review against another edition

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This book is amazing. I did put it down and read it in one sitting.

tulscip's review against another edition

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A nice guilty-pleasure read :)

laurenevlyn's review

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lighthearted fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


_camk_'s review against another edition

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Farrah, yes, she was named after the Charlie's Angel actress, is smart. Super smart. Genius smart, as in already accepted to university smart. However, she is more ashamed than proud of her achievements. She hangs with her friends but does not truly get to know them or open up to them. One evening while watching TV with her friend, Farrah or as her old classmates used to call her 'Digit', notice a numerical code at the bottom of her screen. But this good turns out to be so much. Now, she is holed up with the hottest FBI agent ever, while faking her own kidnapping.

A Girl Named Digit is fun. It has a crime plot but is in no way tense. It is both predictable and a little under-researched in terms of the CIA and FBI.

The book is well written and the characters have realistic traits and problems which occur when you are super smart. I would know but I am LIKE SUPER DUPER SMART. That was a lie by the way.

The main aspect which put me off this book is the insta-love. You know how much I hate insta-love. This was insta-love at its best where the guy gives up his dream job for a girl he has known for a week and a half. I was disappointed with the last few chapters of the book where Farrah's personality changed. It was irritating and predictable to read.

Final Thought.
A fast read with action and romance. However, A Girl Named Digit truly holds nothing special within the pages.