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Review: Gnat Vs Spyder

Book: Gnat Vs Spider

Author: Andrea Towers

Thank you NetGalley and Andrew’s McMeel Audio for an advanced audio copy.


As an adult, I like young adult and some kid books from time to time. I like to take a break from some of the in your face serious moments a lot of books have and have a nice kid friendly story filled with lessons to go through. I was excited for that with Gnat Vs Spider but I think it missed the mark on some aspects.

The story is about a girl named Natalie who has an online video game rivalry with a player named Spyder. Natalie is ashamed that she is a gamer and hides it from her friends. This is really where the story lost me. Gaming is absolutely huge with kids. My niece and nephew are always playing games. The same goes for my friend's kids. It’s nothing to be ashamed of. Natalie kept referring to it as “her secret”. The way she would say it and the number of times it was said you would think she is talking about something illegal, not just being a gamer.

This was the main story point but even though I did not like or agree with it everything surrounding it was well done. The family values that are expressed, how to be a true friend, and to just to be yourself. All those lessons and plot points hit the mark.

This is the first book in the series called Gamer Girls, while I did not really enjoy this story I would want to see what’s next and where the story takes us.

Final score 3/5

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