Title: The Samantha Granger Experiment: Fused
Author: Kari Lee Townsend
May Contain Spoilers
When you make a face or cross your eyes, do your parents tease that if you’re not careful, your face might stay that way forever?
Well, my parents said that if I’m not careful, I’ll turn into one of my gadgets.
I thought they were joking, people!
But-somehow, someway-I have become a living, breathing, walking piece of technology. Apparently my head now has a built-in GPS and my palm is equipped with talking and texting capabilities-just like my cell phone!
Now I’m a techno-superhero with powers that seem to have a mind of their own. And, in my case, keeping a secret identity is harder than it sounds. I short-circuit every time Trevor Hamilton looks my way.
Like being a girl isn’t stressful enough.
This is a really cute read. Samantha is a fun protagonist. Her parents have decided to call it quits with their marriage, and she is having a hard time dealing with their separation. To make matters worse, her mother has dragged her from her old friends and her old school to a new home, thinking that she can keep a better eye on her only child. Little does her mom know how much trouble the gadget loving Samantha is going to get herself into on the way home from her friend’s house!
Samantha comes across a mysterious crystal in the woods, and faster than you can say “Boo!” she’s been fused with her fancy new cell phone. Now, not only is her mother going to kill her for ruining her new toy, but she’s going to be so annoyed that Sam has been turned into a super hero. Fighting crime certainly can’t be a safe pastime!
With her newfound abilities, Samantha has a dilemma. She is compelled to help others, especially when she experiences an emotional jolt – like every time she talks to Trevor Hamilton! Merely speaking to the cutie sends a shock to her system, which forces her new powers into action. She is mortified when she loses control of her body and has to go save someone in distress. As if talking to guys wasn’t nerve-wracking enough!
Samantha’s narrative is engaging and amusing, as she tries to piece together the weird things that are happening to her. It’s not so bad having a computer for a brain when she’s taking a test, but it really puts a damper on things when she’s trying to flirt with Trevor. Keeping her superhero life a secret from her family isn’t a picnic, either, and when a bunch of thugs keep trying to capture her, things start to get out of hand.
The Samantha Granger Experiment: Fused is a quick, lively read, with a spirited heroine who doesn’t know how to give up. The blend of comedy and action makes this a fun book.
Review copy provided by publisher