Digit: She’s Got Your Number
By Annabel Monaghan
Available June 2012
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 Blonde’s Review:
Farrah is a 17 yr old girl who spends more time trying to blend in than anything else in her life. She is the girl who never has an original opinion of stands up for anything, she goes along with the crowd. Her goal is to keep Digit from coming out. Digit is her nickname from her last school. Farrah has genius skills with numbers and can see patterns in numbers that others can’t without the help of computers. With the help of brain numbing techniques to keep her need for order from driving her crazy she manages to downplay her intelligence even to her best friends. Luckily she has a family who loves her and is willing to let her enjoy a normal life instead of pushing her to take her skills the highest they can go.
When she sees a series of numbers on TV they catch her eye and she soon starts trying to solve the pattern. Her desire not be become Digit leads her to attempt to dismiss it. Until the bombing. She isn’t believed by the local FBI office until she is chased by a member of a terrorist organization right into view of the FBI cameras. She is quickly put into protective custody under the guise of a kidnapping while the FBI work to capture the people out to kill her. Who else should protect her except the hot young FBI agent, John.
As John and Farrah spend time talking and looking through phone records in order to look for patterns they grow closer. She can’t help but notice how hot he is and hope he’ll kiss her. John denies any possibility of anything happening between them and of course acts as though he’s 10 years older than she is instead of only a few years. Watching them interact makes us wonder why Farrah would ever be ashamed of Digit, especially with someone like John who can be impressed with her talents and comfortable around her.
I hated seeing Digit try so hard to be what other people wanted her to be. How can anyone know her if she hides herself, and how can she know anyone else if she spends so much time worrying about how they’ll see her? I loved watching her with John and seeing the way she could be herself and appreciate her abilities in ways she clearly hadn’t before. The adventure and the terrorists felt secondary to Digit learning to accept herself. It was still great to see John doing what had to be done to protect her though.
I loved the Digit’s family and John’s parents were wonderful. I didn’t think I’d like Digit’s friends, but we didn’t get to know them much since Digit couldn’t know them as well with the wall she kept up. As great as Digit was she wasn’t a great person when she was Farrah, since she wasn’t a great friend. As she became more comfortable as Digit she becomes an even more loveable character.
This is a short story and I would have loved to read more. The good news is there is a sequel in the works! I’m looking forward to reading it. I can’t wait to read more about Digit, John, and their families.
If you enjoy reading about a girl who has to find her way to accepting herself then you’ll enjoy reading about Digit’s story.