Chaotic Good – By Whitney Gardner

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Goodreads Synopsis: Cameron’s cosplay–dressing like a fictional character–is finally starting to earn her attention–attention she hopes to use to get into the CalTech costume department for college. But when she wins a major competition, she inadvertently sets off a firestorm of angry comments from male fans.

When Cameron’s family moves the summer before her senior year, she hopes to complete her costume portfolio in peace and quiet away from the abuse. Unfortunately, the only comic shop in town–her main destination for character reference–is staffed by a dudebro owner who challenges every woman who comes into the shop.

At her twin brother’s suggestion, Cameron borrows a set of his clothes and uses her costuming expertise to waltz into the shop as Boy Cameron, where she’s shocked at how easily she’s accepted into the nerd inner sanctum. Soon, Cameron finds herself drafted into a D&D campaign alongside the jerky shop-owner Brody, friendly (almost flirtatiously so) clerk Wyatt, handsome Lincoln, and her bro Cooper, dragged along for good measure.

But as her “secret identity” gets more and more entrenched, Cameron’s portfolio falls by the wayside–and her feelings for Lincoln threaten to make a complicated situation even more precarious.

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I love stories about geeks, so this book seemed like it would be the perfect read for me!

Overall I think this story was pretty good, it’s easy to get into. Cameron is a likable character and her family is supportive and cute. Though I rolled my eyes so hard at the twins nicknames I think I hurt my eyeballs. 😛  Anyway, it’s easy to like Cameron. She’s motivated and her dynamic with her twin is great. Also as a girl who likes comics, and cosplaying and D&D myself I found myself ready to fight for Cameron when Brody starts being an asshole.

The overall story was pretty good, I never found myself guessing plot twists too much ahead of time and I felt that the story wrapped together pretty neatly.  There were a few minor things that I thought were a little silly. At one point Cameron starts getting creepy threatening calls and decides not to tell her parents. Like….honestly who in real life would do this? I would run screaming to the nearest person and tell them to break my phone.

Another minor detail was about the city Cameron lived in, which happens to be the city I live in!  She complains at one point about not being able to get around without a car, which is complete bullshit. Eugene has a great bus system, as well as being pretty bike friendly.

The other characters in the story are pretty well written. Wyatt and Lincoln are great guys and I liked seeing their development over the whole story. As far as love interests go Lincoln wasn’t my favorite, but he was a good guy nonetheless.  For most of the story I really liked Cameron’s brother, but at the end when the climax of the story happens I found myself really frustrated with him. Still they makeup and forgive each other and it’s quite cute.

One last frustration I had was with the character of Brody. I never felt like he really learnt his lesson, he was still a total asshole by the end of it and she forgives him because he’s sort of less of an asshole? Maybe? But I guess real life is like this. Still I didn’t think she had to be friends with him in the end, that’s just me.

In the end I gave this book 4 stars on Goodreads and I think you all could enjoy it as well.

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