Maddy is a high school student who originally lived in Boston, but after her parents got divorced, she had to move to a small town and a new school. She gets picked on by the popular crowd and has a hard time fitting-in in general. Once her father gives her Fields of Fantasy, an MMORPG, for her birthday, Maddy develops a crush on a guy she meets online, Sir Leo. Maddy tries to adjust to her new situation and make friends all while having a crush on one of the popular guys, Chad, and Sir Leo, her online crush, and making a manga for a contest (called Gamer Girl, of course).
This book is very cliché. Most of the tropes one associates with school-based middle-grade books are here. Maddy is unpopular, kind of goth, doesn’t fit in, feels like she will never have any friends, develops a crush on someone who is above her league, etc. However, I’m a sucker for all of those tropes, so I didn’t really mind. This book was incredibly predictable, but most middle-grade realistic fiction and romance books are, so I suppose I can’t fault it for that. The ending was was also very abrupt. Everything was resolved very quickly, but that happens in most middle-grade realistic fiction books as well, so I shouldn’t have expected anything different.