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Book: Chaotic Good
Author: Whitney Gardner
Published: March 13, 2018
Genre: YA Contemporary Romance
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. (Goodreads)
Chaotic Good is so chaotically good that I couldn’t put it down.
I read Chaotic Good in a day and a half. I’d never heard of this book when a friend gifted it to me. And oh. my. goodness. I’m so glad she did.
One, as a twin I love seeing books with twins as main characters. Especially the best kind of twins, boy/girl. The names Cooper and Cameron are an awful lot like Tristan and Trisha. (Which, if you ever have twins, do not name them super similarly like this. It can really mess up someone’s credit report…true story.)
Two, I’m a girl who loves exploring different interests and have felt uncomfortable or unwelcome in some spaces simply because I’m a girl. I totally get how Cameron felt in the comic book store.
Three, cosplay and D&D are both really nerdy and full of amazingly talented people. I know folks who are into both and I love seeing these passions talked about in positive ways.
Four, the situation is so ridiculous (they really believed she was a he?) but is so much fun.
Once I actually picked up Chaotic Good instead of just staring at the gorgeous cover, I liked it even more.
This book is fun. It’s funny, it includes adorable romances, awesome friendships, and a even really great sibling relationships.
Amidst all the fun, Whitney Gardner tackles some heavy things – secrets, betrayal, life goals and college dreams, being an LGBTQ+ teen in a world where that’s not always supported, and…internet trolls and the hugely negative impact those can have on a person, especially a teenage girl.
This book zips by. It is a super engaging read with fulsome characters. It is beautiful, hilarious, uplifting and heartbreaking all at the same time.
I already have a list of people I want to lend this to. I may or may not have to read it again before I do.
Have you ever dressed in cosplay?