Chaotic Good

Chaotic Good 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 ma

  • Title: Chaotic Good
  • Author: Whitney Gardner
  • ISBN: 9781524720803
  • Page: 362
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 compleCameron 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 DD 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 and entrenched, Cameron s portfolio falls by the wayside and her feelings for Lincoln threaten to make a complicated situation even precarious.

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    1. I have really loved both of Whitney Gardner's contemporaries so far. Both are quite different from the usual cute fluffy romances / issue books that I seem to pick up all the time. She's got a strong writing voice, fantastic concepts, and a great commitment to casual diversity. Her debut was a romance-free book about a Deaf street artist and the friendship she forms with a girl at her school. Her second novel is about a nerd girl who dresses as a boy to avoid harassment. I have to say, I don't t [...]

    2. *I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*My two impressions of this book:1. Wow! So cute and feminist and fun!2. Holy prolonged drama, Batman! I can say that without knowing anything about Batman, because this book is about being allowed to enjoy comics however you choose to, dammit.Let's go in order.Cute and feminist and fun? So good. I love that Cameron's a cosplayer and that costume design is an important part of the book. It's really fun to read about. [...]

    3. I've decided that Whitney Gardner's novels are perfectly my style. This book is wholesomely nerdy. Dungeons & Dragons and Cosplay. It's the most beautifully nerdy thing I've read in a long time. the art reminded me of Noelle Stevenson's NIMONA, and the story inside matched the heart of it all. I absolutely loved Cam, her grit, her love for costume making. Cam is one of those girls that is determined and committed to anything she does. and I loved that about her. I loved loved loved her twin [...]

    4. I had the honor of being given the chance to read this book ridiculously early, and let me tell you, I loved every minute of this. Chaotic Good is charming, touching, incredibly real - it's everything this Chaotic Good nerd girl ever wanted. Put this on your TBRs, guys. I promise you won't regret itview to come closer to the release date, which is about how long it'll take me to get a handle on my emotions

    5. ALL OF THE STARS. Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner takes a unique and raw angle at both the joys and problems of being in the nerd community, particularly as a female. It follows Cameron, a cosplay seamstress and rising D&D player as she moves to a new town and tries to find her bearings in both in-person and online conflicts. The integration of comics is amazing, and really helps clarify what is D&D storyline and what is Cameron’s everyday storyline. I enjoyed the references to comic, [...]

    6. I really enjoyed how cute, feminist and nerdy this was, but I'm very disappointed that in a book about cross-dressing, there's not one mention of non-binary people. Nothing. Full review to come.

    7. Oh, I definitely needed this book in my life.I remember being at work about a month ago, looking over the Kirkus reviews and seeing Chaotic Good. The first reaction I had was "Oh, that's so cool!" because I had never seen a DnD inspired contemporary. My second reaction is "I want to read this so bad." I immediately crossed my fingers and hoped it would be on Netgalley. To my delight, it was - and I got a galley!I think I read this book in 3 hours, I enjoyed it that much. I think everyone has bee [...]

    8. THERE AREN’T EVEN WORDS. I INHALED Chaotic Good. I read it in one sitting and will absolutely, definitely be buying a copy to read again. It’s my favorite book of the year. Of several years. Let’s get into it.The premise of Chaotic Good intrigued me immediately, because your girl is a nerd. I’ve played D&D, Call of Cthulhu. I’ve spent many a Friday night in a room with a bunch of dudes playing tabletop games. I kicked EVERYONE’S ass at Geek Battle. This book sounded like it would [...]

    9. I got a copy of this book to review through the Vine program. This was a fun and cute read. It is mostly about coming of age and a girl trying to be comfortable with who she is in the geek culture world. There is also a lot about internet trolls harassing her and how poorly some men treat women that they think are invading their geek culture turf.I loved some of the relationship twists and turns and loved the DnD references even more. The sections of DnD story are done in graphic novel style, w [...]

    10. I wanted to love this book so badly. When I picked it up, I finished reading it within a day. It started off so strong, the characters were solid, likeable, and real. The story was familiar and so true to life. But what killed this book for me was the ending. Not only did the writing quality go down hill in the last half of the book, but the ending itself felt like a slap in the face. I think I had such a visceral reaction because I saw myself in this book. I saw a geeky lonely girl who desperat [...]

    11. Delightful and awesome! These characters are so touching, their stories so sweet and real, my heart skipped a beat when I finished and then fell when I realized it was over. More to come closer to release date, but put this one on your TBR stat, you won't regret it.

    12. In the aftermath of Gamergate and the havoc wrecked on geek girls on the internet comes a young adult contemporary about a female cosplayer finding herself the target of online hate. Cameron is an aspiring costume designer who wants nothing more than to make the fantastical costumes for all things nerdy. When a slip of the tongue throws her into a debate on ‘fake geek girls’ and judgment from the local comic shop manager Cameron and her twin brother come up with classic Twelfth Night scheme [...]

    13. *I received a DRC from netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review*I thought this was a fun, fast read that kind of explores what it's like to be a female in the nerd/geek community. I've been in the community for many years and have never really had my "cred" called into question. I'm pretty sure it's because i'm not what you'd call, attractive? But i've seen girls get torn down time and time again for being "fake geeks" and it's honestly the most ridiculous thing ever. There's [...]

    14. Huge thank you to Penguin Canada for this ARC!Full disclosure: I am a D&D fan and a role-playing game fanatic. I live and breathe RPGs, so of course I was going to read a book about a girl who loves cosplay and geek culture. Chaotic Good looks at Cameron, a cosplayer who gets into a bit of a nerd-fight when she cosplays Cloud from Final Fantasy VII and tells everyone she has never played the game, but loved his design. This starts flame wars and troll battles on her cosplay blog, and Cameron [...]

    15. Fandoms and the Internet can get a girl down, but it might be ok, when she has a great group of people to support her. #pinzhasaposse. Loved so many things about this one. Loved the art, the story, the characters, the D&D, and so much more. Full review to follow. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review.

    16. This book was utterly charming. Cameron Birch, costumer extraordinaire, is still reeling from a cosplay gone wrong at a big comic convention. As if constant harassment by online gamers isn't enough, she's trying to negotiate a move to a new town and her costume portfolio for an upcoming college meeting. An encounter with a dude-bro at the local comic shop leaves her feeling upended and angry, so when she has to return to said shop in order to complete a timely order for a costuming client, she m [...]

    17. Cameron's cosplay is finally earning her attention. Which she is hoping will get her into her dream colleges costume design program. But when she wins a competition, it sets off angry comments from male fans.When her family moves, she hopes to complete her portfolio in peace away from the abusive comments. Unfortunately the only comic shop in town is run by a jerk that questions every female that walks in.Cameron dons her twin brothers clothes and waltzes in and quickly becomes accepted into the [...]

    18. There have been a lot of books I've read that I have related to regarding fandom life. Some of them like Eliza and Her Monsters and All The Feels can touch on things like how others perceive your fandom life and how it feels to be a part of a fandom and interact with others online. Other books like Queen of Geeks can give you a look more into attending conventions and what that experience is like for different people. Chaotic Good however is the first book that really got into things like mysog [...]

    19. Chaotic Good is a seemingly lightweight book that deals with some serious issues in a sensitive way. It takes on sexism, toxic masculinity, online harassment, and gender roles.Cameron is having a rough summer. She's just moved to a smaller town from Portland. She hasn't made any friends yet, she's bored, and she's being harassed online. Cameron is a talented seamstress who makes her own cosplay costumes. She recently won a contest, and when she mentioned publicly that she doesn't actually play t [...]

    20. wordnerdy/2018/02I admit I was first drawn to this book by its adorable cover, but the description was immediately appealing too! It’s about a teen girl, a talented seamstress/designer who is super into cosplay, whose family has just moved to Eugene from Portland. When she’s targeted by misogynistic trolls on tumblr, and then a comic book store guy is horrible to her, her gay twin brother helps her dress as a boy so she can feel safe. And then her boy persona gets invited to play D&D, an [...]

    21. Thank you @kidlitexchange #partner for this review copy of Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner that will be out March 13, 2018!I give it 4/5 stars.Although this was a bit out of my normal reading genre, it was quite interesting. I have never played Dungeons & Dragons but after reading this, it seems like a pretty cool game. Cameron is a girl who is artistic in designing cos-play costumes and enjoys doing so. After posting pics of these costumes to her blog and making it known to the world that s [...]

    22. A DELIGHT of a book. Cameron is such a real, lovable imperfect heroine and the friendships are achingly realistic. The march toward truth, transparency, and equality in nerddom makes for an unputdownable read. Highly recommending for everyone and I'm totally preordering this for the language and threats Cameron gets from assholes online.

    23. Whitney Gardner as done it again.her book is fun but also tackles some tough topics that need to be brought to light (especially today). Thanks to Knopf for the ARC!

    24. I really wanted to like Chaotic Good because I loved Gardner's You're Welcome, Universe. Unfortunately, I wasn't a big fan of this book. I can see where Chaotic Good wanted to go with the geek girl nerdiness and bad-assery, but it just didn't do it that well. I just felt like Cameron was a major letdown when compared to Julia from You're Welcome, Universe. Cameron just lets everyone walk all over her: internet trolls, her brother, her friends, her boyfriend and never really does anything to chan [...]

    25. I received this arc at a library conference. The story is original and has lots of geekiness shining through. Cameron and her twin brother Cooper have moved from Portland to Eugene and Cameron is having a summer. She designs cosplay outfits and recently her blog has been under attack by cyber bullies and trolls. To add to that mess, she dressed up like a guy to shop at a comic store and is now living as guy Cameron and girl Cameron in order to keep friendships and do research for her portfolio. [...]

    26. (Disclaimer: I received this free book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)So I've already stated this, but Chaotic Good hit me right in the emotional feels. I have zero sewing and artistic talent. So I didn't feel like I was like Cameron in that way. No. I felt exactly how Cameron feels when she is being interrogated for being a 'fan' and denied entry into the spaces of 'fandom' and the 'geek' culture. It's no secret that it's pretty male dominated. The [...]

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