The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, by Stacy McAnulty | review

Hello! I hope that you are all having an amazing day! My schedule is a completely different than it usually is, as my school and basically everything else is closed because of the coronavirus. I am having more time for reading and writing because I don’t have school or any of my regular after school activities. I read all of The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl in one sitting, and I decided to write my first review in over a month a review of it to share my thoughts!

So, this morning I wanted to read. So I thought, why don’t I read Pride and Prejudice, because I was feeling adventurous or brave or something. I got five pages in. I know. Very impressive. Also, I didn’t understand it. And I got bored. And Jane Austen didn’t write for 13 year olds who generally stick to middle grade novels and the more than occasional YA book. So, giving up on this classic, (don’t worry I’ll come back to it in high school or something), I grabbed this book off my bookshelf. I sat in a chair. I read the entire thing. This is an AMAZING book!!! I literally read this in one sitting!!! You should read this book right now. Then come back and read the review. SO, moving on…


Lucy Callahan was struck by lightning. She doesn’t remember it, but it changed her life forever. The zap gave her genius-level math skills, and ever since, Lucy has been homeschooled. Now, at 12 years old, she’s technically ready for college. She just has to pass 1 more test — middle school!

Lucy’s grandma insists: Go to middle school for 1 year. Make 1 friend. Join 1 activity. And read 1 book (that’s not a math textbook!). Lucy’s not sure what a girl who does calculus homework for fun can possibly learn in 7th grade. She has everything she needs at home, where nobody can make fun of her rigid routines or her superpowered brain. The equation of Lucy’s life has already been solved. Unless there’s been a miscalculation?

Lucy is so great! She is really smart, but doesn’t want to brag about it or make her being a genius be the only thing that people think about her.

Windy is also amazing. She talks a lot, but is really dedicated to making the world a better place. She is not perfect, but she is a really good friend to Lucy and always wants to make her feel bettere.

Levi acts like he doesn’t care about school, but he and Lucy end up becoming really good friends. Levi is also a really good photographer. He should probably definitely ask people’s permission before he takes their pictures and puts the pictures on a website, but he is nice, and he really knows how to capture emotions in his photo’s.

Maddie is sooooooo mean!!! She is basically out to get Lucy, and bullies her everyday is practically every class, because they have such similar schedules. But I feel bad for her. Seeing how her mother treats her, I see why she is so mean to Lucy. But that is not an excuse.

The plot of this book is maybe more of a three or four star plot:

A girl with a special ability starts at a new school, makes a good friend but is also bullied. She is put in a group for a group project that isn’t 100% ideal, but ends up making good friends with all the people!

Obviously, there is much more to the book, and this is definitely not a bad plot, but it’s not completely original, and the idea of a kid being struck by lightning and ending up with special abilities isn’t new to middle grade and ya books either.

However, the writing is amazing. Incredible. Fantastic. I mean really, really, really good. The character development is fantastic, and you really get to know the characters. There is not really much physical description (which is fine by me) but more that the characters personalities are so well described, at the end of the book you really really know and can understand them.

The little twists put into the plot, the little not so explicit details that aren’t technically a big part of the plot but that give more understanding into a character, or something are really great. For example, the way that Maddie is treated by her mom. At Windy’s birthday party, her mom makes a comment saying that Maddie shouldn’t eat to much so she stays slim for her gymnastics meet, and when she’s in her swim suit, her mom corrects her posture and tells her to pull in her stomach, in front of the other girls, which is really embarrassing for her, and also really just really mean in general!

Overall, this is an amazing book where you can really get connected to the characters! I definitely recommend it, and very much enjoyed reading it! 

MY RATING: ✰✰✰✰✰

Have you read the Miscalculations of Lightning Girl? Will you now? How is your life being affected by the coronavirus? Chat with me in the comments below?

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