by Shannen Crane Camp (2015)

Reagan West has the perfect life. She’s gorgeous, she’s popular, and she’s at the tip-top of the high school food chain as co-captain of the cheerleading squad. She’s also best friends with the most evil girl in Albany, Tawny Perez, which means she’s never on the receiving end of Tawny’s wrath.

The only trouble in Reagan’s perfect life comes from the constant threat of her fellow classmates discovering her dirty little secret—Reagan West is a closet gamer.

This was obtained as part of a StoryBundle.

There is nothing wrong with the writing or characters here. It’s just that I have a problem with the whole premise of the book. It is based on the nerd/jock dichotomy but in female culture. If this was written 30 years ago it would be relevant.

The nerd/jock thing I came across around the early 1980’s, as depicted in Animal House (1978). As a school student at the age depicted here, this culture just didn’t exist in New Zealand.

Now, in my young relatives who are equally at ease with sports and technology it seems to have dissipated. This was written in 2015, and it just seems to be out of it’s era.

Because of this I find it difficult to understand the motivations of the characters.

The other film it reminds me of is Heathers (1988). I can cope with young female protagonists (e.g. Anthea Sharpe’s Feyland series) but here it just doesn’t work.