Thursday, September 14, 2017

Book Review: Click'd by Tamara Ireland Stone

Click'd, by Tamara Ireland Stone
2017, 208p, Middle-Grade Fiction
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way

Allie Navarro can't wait to show her best friends the app she built at CodeGirls summer camp. CLICK'D pairs users based on common interests and sends them on a fun (and occasionally rule-breaking) scavenger hunt to find each other. And it's a hit. By the second day of school, everyone is talking about CLICK'D.

Watching her app go viral is amazing. Leaderboards are filling up! Everyone's making new friends. And with all the data Allie is collecting, she has an even better shot at beating her archenemy, Nathan, at the upcoming youth coding competition. But when Allie discovers a glitch that threatens to expose everyone's secrets, she has to figure out how to make things right, even if that means sharing the computer lab with Nathan. Can Allie fix her app, stop it from doing any more damage, and win back the friends it hurt-all before she steps on stage to present CLICK'D to the judges?

New York Times best-selling author Tamara Ireland Stone combines friendship, coding, and lots of popcorn in her fun and empowering middle-grade debut.

Allie spent the summer building an app she's named Click'd and she's been chosen to enter it in a competition. It's an app to help users find others whose interests closely match their own, and open the door to form new friendships. It goes viral, which excites her, until she learns that there's a huge glitch in it. She has a huge decision to make which will affect everything, from her friendships to the competition.

This was a cute, fun read! Allie's app idea holds no appeal to me but when I told my 13-year-old daughter about it, she thought it sounded like a lot of fun! Which made me feel a bit old, haha. I liked Allie's character, as well as her friends. The glitch in her app causes some hurt feelings between her and some of her friends and it was interesting to see how that situation was handled. She has a nemesis, Nathan, who is also entered in the competition. He has the skills to help her but she has to decide if she can trust him.

This is definitely a middle-grade read but as an adult, I still found it enjoyable. It's a fast read and held my attention as I was interested to see what Allie would do and what would happen to her app. I like the message of this book and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys middle-grade fiction!

TAMARA IRELAND STONE is the author of Time and Time Again, a collection of her two novels Time Between Us and Time After Time, and the New York Times best seller Every Last Word.

A Silicon Valley native, she has worked in the technology industry all her life, first testing Atari game boards in her parents’ garage, and later, co-founding a woman-owned marketing strategy firm, where she worked with small startups as well as some of the world’s largest software companies. She enjoys skiing, music, movies, and spending time with her husband and two children. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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sherry fundin said...

Even though it's middle grade, it sounds like something I would enjoy. I have been looking for novels about anything online.
sherry @ fundinmental

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