Screen Queens By Lori Goldstein
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction
Pages: 368 pages
Published: June 11th 2019
My Rating: 3 out of 5 Stars
Synopsis: The Bold Type meets The Social Network when three girls vying for prestigious summer internships through a startup incubator program uncover the truth about what it means to succeed in the male-dominated world of tech.
This summer Silicon Valley is a girls’ club.
Three thousand applicants. An acceptance rate of two percent. A dream internship for the winning team. ValleyStart is the most prestigious high school tech incubator competition in the country. Lucy Katz, Maddie Li, and Delia Meyer have secured their spots. And they’ve come to win.
Meet the Screen Queens.
Lucy Katz was born and raised in Palo Alto, so tech, well, it runs in her blood. A social butterfly and CEO in-the-making, Lucy is ready to win and party.
East Coast designer, Maddie Li left her home and small business behind for a summer at ValleyStart. Maddie thinks she’s only there to bolster her graphic design portfolio, not to make friends.
Delia Meyer taught herself how to code on a hand-me-down computer in her tiny Midwestern town. Now, it’s time for the big leagues–ValleyStart–but super shy Delia isn’t sure if she can hack it (pun intended).
When the competition kicks off, Lucy, Maddie, and Delia realize just how challenging the next five weeks will be. As if there wasn’t enough pressure already, the girls learn that they would be the only all-female team to win ever. Add in one first love, a two-faced mentor, and an ex-boyfriend turned nemesis and things get…complicated.
Filled with humor, heart, and a whole lot of girl power, Screen Queens is perfect for fans of Morgan Matson, Jenny Han, and The Bold Type.
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About The Author
Author of SCREEN QUEENS, coming from Razorbill, June 11, 2019, and available for preorder now (Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and IndieBound) about three teen girls who attend a startup incubator in Silicon Valley and learn what it means to compete in the male-dominated world of tech.
My Young Adult Contemporary Fantasy series Becoming Jinn and Circle of Jinn is a modern spin on the traditional tale of wish-granting genies (Feiwel and Friends/Macmillan).
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My Thoughts: So I’m not sure what really made me decide to do the blog tour for this book. I think part of it was the cover, I do enjoy friend group books. I also think the title drew me in as well. Also the topic of girls in the tech industry is not something I really see in books so I wanted to dive more into that. I do have to say I ended up enjoying this book more than I thought I would.
So the story is about three girls, Lucy, Maddie, and Delia. They are the first ever all female team that could win this high school tech incubator competition that they’ve been accepted to. They each have different personalities and different family backgrounds that are explored in this book. The one thing they do have in common is they came to win. This book takes you through the high and lows that they face during this competition. They must learn that in order to succeed they have to stick together.
The first thing I really enjoyed about this story is the three main characters. The story is told from their different perspectives which I ended up really liking. You get to learn more and more about each character every time their chapter pops up. They are all unique in their own way. They each have their different talents that they bring to the table. I was never confused about who was who. They also came from different family backgrounds which I enjoyed. Not only are they dealing with the stress of the competition but they each have different family dilemmas throughout the book. It was nice seeing the development in both throughout the story. I really ended up enjoying both aspects.
Another thing I really enjoyed is the tech aspect of the book. So the competition they are in is called Valleystart. They have to come up with an app in 5 weeks. If they win then they get an internship at Pulse. Pulse is a social media website where you are rated 1-10. 10 is the highest you can be and those people get a ton of different perks. This reminded me a lot of the Black Mirror episode called, Nosedive. Anyway you get to read about them going through the process of creating the app and even beta testing it. There are a lot of ups and down in this process but I did end up loving the end result.
I think the only thing I didn’t really like about this book is there were a couple of times I found things to be a bit slow. That’s fine but I just wanted things to move a long a bit faster. I also found myself a bit confused at times with who was talking. There would be times characters were having conversations with each other and then I’d lose track of who was talking. This might just also be because I had an e-arc of this book so the formatting wasn’t perfect.
Overall I thought this was an enjoyable read. It wasn’t something I normally would have picked up but I am glad I did because I liked it more than I thought. It had a lot of great characters, modern day topics, and lots of empowerment. I think if this book sounds interesting to you that it’s worth checking out.
*Thank you so much to the publishers for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*
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I’m so interested in this book!! I was sold the moment I seen the words THE BOLD TYPE, but this review cemented it for me.
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Oh yay that makes me so happy to hear!! Have you picked it up yet?
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