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Review: The Social Code by Sadie Hayes

Title: The Social Code
Author: Sadie Hayes
Year Published: 2013

Genre: YA fiction
Pages: 308
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2013 Google Reading map): USA (CA)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money and will donate it to my school library

Summary (from the back of the book): Eighteen-year-old twins Adam and Amelia Dory learned the hard way to rely only on each other, growing up in a small town where they understood the meaning of coming from nothing. But everything changes when both are offered scholarships to Stanford University--and catapulted into the dazzling world of Silicon Valley, where anyone with a good-enough idea can skyrocket to fame and fortune in the blink of an eye.

Amelia is almost as pretty as she is smart--almost. A shy girl and a genius, she is happiest alone in the computer lab, but her brother has other plans for her talents: a new company that will be the next Silicon Valley hit, and will thrust Amelia into the spotlight whether she likes it or not. Whereas Amelia's the brains, Adam's the ambition--he sees the privileged lifestyle of the Silicon Valley kids and wants a piece of what they have. He especially wants a piece of Lisa Bristol, the stunning daughter of one of the Valley's biggest tycoons.

As Adam and Amelia hatch their new company, they find themselves going from nothing to on the verge of everything seemingly overnight. But no amount of prestige can prepare them for the envy, backstabbing, and cool calculation of their most powerful peers.

Review: I bought this book and thought it sounded really interesting then each time I picked it up I put it back down. That lasted a few weeks until I finally made myself start it this weekend. And, I finished it in about 3 sittings! The thing I liked most about it is that it is different from what I've been reading and from most of what's out there.

There are a lot of angles to this book from Amelia and Adam, their investors, their foster family (not much info there), their love interests, their roommates, to their competitors in the tech world. None of the characters are all that well developed beyond the main ones, but I didn't really mind it all that much as I was reading the book. In fact, it didn't occur to me until I was typing this sentence. I am not sure if that says more about me or the book.

The plot is interesting. Super bright girl creates an iPhone app and with her brother's help and someone else's money, they create a company which starts to do well. That is a dream for so many these days, "if only I could invent/create something that would make me famous/rich." I actually know a few people who've done it and it is amazing how it changes their lives. It's also so very NOW, which I like.

The ending killed me. It is ripe for a sequel.

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