Farrah “Digit” Higgins may be going to MIT in the fall, but this L.A. high school genius has left her geek self behind in another school district so she can blend in with the popular crowd at Santa Monica High and actually enjoy her senior year. But when Farrah, the daughter of a UCLA math professor, unknowingly cracks a terrorist group’s number sequence, her laid-back senior year gets a lot more interesting. Soon she is personally investigating the case, on the run from terrorists, and faking her own kidnapping– all while trying to convince a young, hot FBI agent to take her seriously. So much for blending in . . .
This novel danced its way into my favourites. It manages, in its short length, to be discerning, fun, funny and adventurous. It also manages to subtly incorporate something more substantial than you would think given its length and tone.
Digit has been trying to fit in all her life. Born with a genius IQ that makes math to her what cookies is to the cookie monster, she often has to dampen her eccentricities so that people don’t call her a freak if not worse. And then when she makes certain connections, notices certain things, she lands smack dab in the middle of something dangerous that rapidly grows way too much and too fast for her to handle.
Digit and her FBI partner’s race to safety, amongst other things, is a wild ride. There are bad guys dodging their footsteps, carrying guns and blithely handing out death threats. There is betrayal and mothers who get to do the role of a lifetime. There is also a surprising development where the romance is concerned and lots of kisses to keep your toes almost permanently curled. Digit has a disarming personality that makes it a pleasure to read about her and even when the angst hits like a grade A hurricane, it remains steadfast.
I thought Digit forgave too easily but there is an installment to what has turned into a series and I, for one, cannot wait to see where Digit goes next. Do I recommend it? Most definitely. Go get your hands on it!