Review: Click’d by Tamara Ireland Stone

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?

 

Click’d is a book I really liked and found very cute and whatnot, but I wouldn’t really read it again mainly because it’s targeted to a younger age, it’s a middle grade book and while I was reading it, it really felt like a middle grade book and that thought never left my head which I didn’t like, if I was to describe or explain the book I would start with “well it’s a middle grade book…” which, to me, means that the story didn’t catch me enough to get past that.

This book tells the story of Allie and her app, Click’d, which she developed over the summer at camp qualifying for a coding competition which is huge for Allie, she goes back to school and shows Click’d to her friends who convince her to start sharing it around school and surely, soon enough everyone was using Click’d. But a little mistake in her code starts to show when secrets are revealed and Allie is faced with a huge problem that might cost her the competition.

As I said, I really liked this book, what I liked the most was the concept and representation that it gives, since it’s targeted to such a young age, it’s important for girls, specially girls that young, to know that it’s not a “boys thing”,  girls can code if they want to, they can develop apps, games, build websites, they have endless possibilities, they just have to know they can do it and that’s what I really loved about this book.

In conclusion, I think every young girl should read this book to know she can do anything she wants and be absolutely awesome at it, but for me, personally, I wouldn’t read it again, it wasn’t really my cup of tea, I’m a contemporary romance type of girl, but that’s just me. Tamara Ireland Stone did an amazing job with this book so here’s to here and to inspiring young girls.

 


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14 Comments

  1. I agree that this book is important for young girls. Coding has been seen far too long as a male dominated field and hopefully with books like this this can be challenged. Girls can create as well. I definitely feel you on it being middle-grade, but sometimes those can be fun to read as well. They make for fast reading and depending on the plot can be pretty darn exciting. Personally though I think this one would have bored me, but that is because I like fantasy if it’s middle-grade. We all have our preferences, which is what makes this community beautiful.

  2. This was such a cute book! I agree with you on it being for younger girls mainly, but it’s nice for a break from more serious books, that’s for sure!<3

  3. This book sounds really cute!! I’ve actually been wanting to pick up more middle grade books because I feel like that group of books has grown so much since I was the target audience and I want to see what kinds of stories there are now that weren’t there when I was younger. This definitely seems like one that I should pick up! Great review – sorry you didn’t enjoy it more! 🙂

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