Title: Screen Queens
Author: Lori Goldstein
Genre: Contemporary (Young Adult)
About the book: Lucy, Maddie, and Delia find themselves on the same team for an incubator competition where they have to build an app.
I received an advanced review copy from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review.
First impressions: The cover is beautiful, and I like the title. I was intrigued by the premise.
Characters: The three protagonists are great, and all of them grew on me. Lucy is a leader who believes in working and playing hard. Maddie’s a designer who didn’t expect to make friends. Delia taught herself how to code but isn’t very confident. I could see parts of myself in the girls.
Lucy, Maddie, and Delia are different yet well developed. I enjoyed seeing them put aside their differences in order to work together. The dynamic in the group felt realistic. I also appreciate the diversity with Maddie being Chinese and Irish.
“I want to be known for what I do, not for what someone does to me.”
Writing: The book is written in the third person and alternates between three points of view. Goldstein does a good job balancing description with dialogue. I didn’t expect to feel as many emotions as I did while reading this novel. It was an emotional rollercoaster for me in the best way possible. There’s a little bit of romance, but it doesn’t overtake the main storylines. The author addresses some of the issues women face in a male-dominated industry.
Final thoughts: I love the ending. It’s an inspiring, empowering read. I’ve never read anything quite like this novel before.
I highly recommend Screen Queens, especially if you’re a girl interested in technology.
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