Review / The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

20211023ma_3678Book: The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl (2018)
Author: Stacy McAnulty
Genre: MG, Contemporary

Opening lines from the book …
I don’t remember the moment that changed my life 4 years ago. Call it a side effect of being struck by lightning. That bold of electricity burned a small hole in my memory. It also rewired my brain, transforming me into Lucille Fanny Callahan, math genius.


1) I loved Lucy’s relationship with her grandmother and uncle, but especially Nana (grandma). I love how Nana isn’t a push-over, and yet is the kind of sweet and loving granny we all want! And Uncle Paul is great too, with his great sense of humor.

2) This is definitely a fish-out-of-water story. Lucy is so smart, she’s already tackled high school in her homeschool curriculum.But Nana insists she needs a little practice in the real world … and so that means middle school. However, Lucy just wants to fit in and hide the fact that she’s a math genius. So, she pretends she isn’t. And since she’s not used to being in school, she has plenty of mishaps which is the fun and games of the book!

3) Windy’s a fun friend-character. I love how genuine she is, and how she accepts Lucy even with all Lucy’s OCD ways. (Like how Lucy has to stand and sit 3 times before she can actually sit down.) Of course, there are the scenes at Windy’s birthday party that complicates matters.

4) The project involving the animal shelter will definitely be plus for the animal-lovers. (Who isn’t an animal-lover?) I do love how Lucy uses her math brain to figure out a solution to help her new animal friends.

5) I enjoyed the little sections where we get to know Lucy’s online math friends! Although, I do like that Lucy finds her IRL friends too: Levi and Windy.


1) I was a little disappointed about a connection that was hinted at early on in the story. The revelation, unfortunately, wasn’t satisfactory to me, I’m pretty sure because it wasn’t set up. I know what the author was trying to do, but I’m not sure it worked. (Sorry about being vague, but I don’t want to give spoilers. Let’s just say it has to do with #5 above.)


I enjoyed this book and was rooting for Lucy. The animal connection makes it fun. And it made me wondering if black dogs really do have a hard time being adopted…



Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Note: I’m posting this for Greg Pattridge’s Marvelous Middle-Grade Monday

12 thoughts on “Review / The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl

  1. I read this last year after one of my former 6th-grade students (now with a 6th grader of her own) recommended it. It was one of the best books I read last year.

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  2. I had a copy of this book but may have gotten rid of it (I tried to read it while I was in a massive reading slump)—I wish I still had it! I love all the details you mention—Nana, the math friends, the real friends, and of course Lucy! (I could definitely relate to her OCD tendencies.) I’m sorry the revelation at the end didn’t work well for you, though. Thanks so much for the great review!


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