Published by Disney-Hyperion on September 5, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Middle Grade
Source: Miss Print's ARC Adoption Program
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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.
*I received this ARC as part of Miss Print’s ARC Adoption Program.*
What can I say other than that I ADORED Click’d! I’m loving reading books that revolve around today’s technology – especially regarding younger ones who have a love for computers, including coding, which simply blows my mind!
Like I say in probably most of my reviews, I love to learn as I read, even when perusing fiction – boy did I learn a lot from this tale! I am admittedly totally ignorant when it comes to writing code, creating apps, etc., so I was thrilled to learn some new computing lingo and to get a bit of a gist of the coding process.
Click’d revolves around the week-long saga of Allie Navarro, who returns to school from an all girls coding camp with a new app to debut. For seemingly a split second, Allie considers holding off on releasing her app until after Saturday’s Games for Good competition, in which she was chosen to participate by her awesome mentor, who wears awesome earrings, which I loved reading descriptions of!
Allie makes the choice, at the prodding of her gal pals, to release her social networking app prior to the big contest and it goes viral – fast. The only problem is that Allie discovers a glitch in her app and struggles to locate the part of the game’s code that virtually makes things haywire, ultimately testing friendships and Allie’s confidence in her favorite hobby – coding.
All of Allie’s hard work takes off with flying colors on Monday and then produces disastrous results by Friday – and the huge competition is on Saturday. Perhaps my favorite aspect of this book is that it takes place over the course of a week. Some books with such short timelines seem to have tons of plot points and needless dialogue crammed into them, but Click’d hits its stride early and doesn’t slow down until the grand finale.
Another of my favorite parts of Click’d is the inclusion of Allie’s computer coding and nemesis in general, Nathan. I love the back-and-forth between Allie and Nathan, who is also set to compete in the major Games for Good competition, which rewards the winner with corporate backing, among other cool prizes, in further developing the winning app.
Throughout the course of the first week of school, Allie rides a virtual roller coaster, not only of emotions, but evolving friendships, both new and old. Allie watches with mixed emotions of terror and elation as the user numbers of her app soar, until the unthinkable happens – the game is not perfectly coded – or flawless – in time for the contest.
The sole reason I reluctantly did not give Click’d a five-star rating is due to the fact that a particular plot line’s outcome was predictable for me, although its resolution may come as a surprise to other readers. But, I didn’t figure out what would happen with other focal points of the tale, even though I had inklings, I didn’t nail them down until their ultimate resolutions.
All in all, Click’d is an amazing and quick read – I found myself WANTING to carve out time to read as much as possible over the course of a couple of days.
I hate to admit it, but sometimes reading ARCs can feel like homework, with deadlines and pressure to meet them. However, that was definitely not the case with this modern middle grade tale. I’ve found myself reading books classified as middle grade quite a bit lately and this book reinforced my adoration of the genre.
Love , Maggie