Hi Everyone! It’s Becky again. One of my must see authors at BEA was Tamara Ireland Stone. I loved her YA sci-fi romance time travel series, “Time Between Us” and I found something beautifully poetic about “Every Last Word” so I happily stood in line to get her new middle grade novel “Click’d” and I was not disappointed.
Summary:Allie Navarro loves coding. Coding is Allie’s passion and she has just spent her summer at the elite CodeGirls camp. As her final project Allie created Click’d an app that she hopes will change her life. Click’d pairs people based on their common interests and introduces is able to introduce them to their possible new best friend. Allie invention will help people find the person with which they will “click”. The app is big success at camp and Allie is thrilled when she gets invited to the Games4Good competition. But when the app makes it’s way into onto the phones of almost everyone at Allie’s middle school and begins to glitch Allie must decide what’s more important the success of her app or friendships.
Review: This is one of those middle grade books that hit every middle grade drama expectations. There are crushes, best friend drama, and even a little bit of an issue with parents not understanding. However, “Click’d” isn’t an average middle grade tween book. Instead, Stone created a book for those girls who never see themselves in books. This is a book for the girl who loves computers, girls who actually understand how the insides of cell phones work, for girls who would rather write the code for a game then to play the game. Stone has given us a book about a GIRL who is good at CODING. In the same vein as “Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done” by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser we are given a young, smart, heroine who is successful in a field that is usually thought of as for boys. We are given Allie a self declared computer nerd…and it is completely okay. She is good with computers, that’s just who she is. It’s not weird. She is not friendless. She is smart, has good friends, has a functional home life, and I couldn’t be happier about that. Finally, I have a book to give to girls who want to grow up to software engineers; a book that just may entice them into the computer lab.
Bottomline: Click’d is a great book for tween girls who want their drama with just a little bit of coding.
Rating: 4 out of 5