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?
New York Times best-selling author Tamara Ireland Stone combines friendship, coding, and lots of popcorn in her fun and empowering middle-grade debut.
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In a world filled with romances, Tamara Ireland Stone re-sets the bar with a unique tale of self-discovery with a coding twist. I wish I read a book like this when I was in middle school, it is truly a story of friendship, finding yourself, admitting your flaws, and learning that even if you didn’t officially win, you can still come out as a winner. The fact that this was filled with so many wonderfully nerdy characters, sets the tone that it’s okay to do what you love.
Let me discuss the story, I absolutely adore the fact that this novel is centered around coding and designing apps. In a rapidly changing and evolving bookish scene, this story refreshingly stands out! Allie isn’t the only star of this story, her group of friends and archenemy make for a sticky sweet read that left me with a smile on my face. The characters are well developed and multi-dimensional, the setting is accurately portrayed, and the story-line is captivating.
I devoured this book in one sitting and it should be a must read among middle schoolers. It portrays coding in such a positive, inspiring light. Now if I was reading this as an adult, I think there could be so much more drama and tension. But from the aspect of a middle grade target group, this book will click (terrible pun intended)!