Friday, 23 March 2018

Review: Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner

by Whitney Gardner
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: March 13th, 2018
Purchase: [Amazon] [Chapters/Indigo]
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 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 D&D 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 more and more entrenched, Cameron's portfolio falls by the wayside--and her feelings for Lincoln threaten to make a complicated situation even more precarious.

When I first learned of Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner, I was immediately on-board! Being someone who just recently mustered up the courage to dress up at conventions, this book immensely begged me to read it. Having read, and unfortunately not having enjoyed, Whitney's debut "You're Welcome, Universe", I was more than a little worried that Chaotic Good would follow suit. My issues with You're Welcome, Universe was most definitely not the writing or the plot, I just strongly felt that perhaps it just wasn't quite the right story to suck me in. With that in mind, I still dove into Chaotic Good and hoped for the best.

"So you like X-Men?"
"Gen X, First Class, ’92? What’re we talkin’ here?"
"Whichever one Jubilee is in."

Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner was exactly what I had hoped it would be - amazing! It was brimming with feminist perspective, a kick-ass protagonist who knew who she was, what she loved, and knew exactly how to get things done. She was an inspiration to read and her nerd humor hit close to home - I adored it! I think I just about loved every single character throughout and couldn't help but cheer Cameron on her incognito endeavors. The plot, additionally, was completely refreshing and a perfect representation of how tough it can be to be a female cosplayer. It was a unique perspective to read, one unlike any other I've read before, and it truly resonated with me. Additionally, before diving into Chaotic Good, I hadn't expected to find snippets of illustrated comic strips throughout the title. It was wonderful to see and added so much more depth to Chaotic Good and created a far stronger connection between myself and the characters. It was a wonderful added bonus and it greatly enhanced my overall experience with Chaotic Good!

Chaotic Good by Whitney Gardner was a heap of delicious geeky goodness. I adored Cameron, the plot, and the message behind the title. I highly recommend it to fellow cosplayers and D&D devotees!

5 / 5 Cupcakes

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