For your reading consideration, I have another great YA title.
Kat and Meg Conquer the World by Anna Priemaza, is about two girls who meet and have a remarkable friendship. Kat is new in town since they have moved to help grandpa downsize. She’s got to start high school all over again since in her last province (yup, Canadian book) they start high school in grade 9, but in this place, it’s grade 10 so she feels like she has to do an unnecessary stint as freshman all over again. Kat is very intelligent and her grades typically reflect this. She also has anxiety, and it’s pretty intense. Her therapist has never been much help except when she taught her how to count to slow her breathing to calm down to prevent a panic attack. She’ll be counting a lot in this book. Where she does feel pretty good is the world of her online game, and watching videos from her favorite YouTuber.
Meanwhile, Meg is local, but can’t seem to keep any friends. Though every bit as intelligent as Kat, she struggles in school grade-wise. She’s bubbly and energetic, always running everywhere. She’s between friends when she and Kat get partnered by default for a long-term science project. Meg has ADHD with hyperactivity and therefore she struggles to focus on things she doesn’t have interest in, and she also struggles to make and keep friends since she’s missing some social cues. She’s always swapping friendship groups, though people do seem to like her in general. She is intensely in love with the same YouTuber Kat is. She is also very annoyed with her stepdad, who she called dad since her own dad died when she was little. He attempted to get custody of her younger siblings (his natural children), but not her, and she’s brooding over the whole thing. Meg is also Black, and much is made of her hair style, her little sister’s hairstyle, skin tone is mentioned and the occasional racial sensitivity nod, but I’m not sure how much she “feels” Black and hope Black reviewers will help here to see if this depiction rings true. More on that later.