The Bold Type meets The Social Network when three girls participate in a startup incubator competition and 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 leaguesValleyStartbut 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.
|Publisher:||Penguin Young Readers Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.60(d)|
|Age Range:||12 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Lori Goldstein was born into an Italian-Irish family and raised in a small town on the New Jersey shore. She earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from Lehigh University and worked as a writer, editor, and graphic designer before becoming a full-time author. She currently lives and writes outside of Boston. Lori is also the author of the young adult contemporary fantasy series Becoming Jinn (Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan). You can visit her online at www.lorigoldsteinbooks.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My review for this is going to be kind of a boring one, to be honest, because my thoughts can best be summed up with “this book was super fun and great and I loved it.” Yes, really. Like I already mentioned, I became interested in this mostly because of it being pitched as The Bold Type meets The Social Network. And that’s a pretty spot on description for Screen Queens. The book centers on Maddie, Lucy, and Delia who are put on a team together in a tech competition to create the best app and win an internship with Pulse, a major social network that kind of dictates everything. The three of them get off to a rocky start but as they progress through the competition, they become closer and closer to the point they all view each other as family by the end of the novel. As I was reading this, I could not help but root for these girls – not just to win the competition, but to grow as individuals and to become friends. All 3 of them are really great characters and Goldstein did a fantastic job of bringing the 3 to life. It’s also worth noting for those of you who enjoy reading books with diverse characters that Maddie is Asian and Lucy is Jewish. My *only* complaint about the book is that sometimes it did feel like their friendship progressed kind of suddenly, especially in the beginning of the book. There would be times where they suddenly felt a lot closer than they had only a couple of pages earlier without there having been anything that actually happened to cause that growth in their relationships. This was a small thing in the grand scheme of things though and not something that had a big impact on my enjoyment of the story as a whole. The tech aspects of this book are honestly great. I know absolutely nothing about coding or developing an app, but after reading this I kind of want to learn. I’m not joking – I’m considering teaching myself coding if/when I have the time now. And while the book obviously centers around this tech competition, it’s never discussed in a way that would be alienating to readers who don’t know anything about the subject. Goldstein does a great job of introducing aspects of the tech world without being overwhelming but also without over-simplifying things. Of course, I have to also mention the phenomenal girl power that is present in Screen Queens. There were so many moments where I literally wanted to holler in support of what these girls were doing. It’s likely no surprise to anyone that the tech world is dominated by men. Lucy, Maddie, and Delia are the only all-girl team in the competition and that fuels so much ambition in them and it is GREAT. They face their fair share of sexism and bullsh*t, but rather than giving up, they let it fuel them and they just go harder and harder. I loved it. Goldstein doesn’t shy away from serious issues either – at some point or another, Screen Queens dealt with everything from sleazy boyfriends to sexual assault, covering tons of issues that face women in our society. Honestly, I wasn’t sure how much I’d enjoy Screen Queens but Goldstein did such an absolutely fantastic job of bringing these girls to life and of making this tech competition fascinating, relatable, and inspiring that this book kind of stole my heart. Hats off to Goldstein for writing a wonderful story filled with girl power and for inspiring girls to get into tech – because I have no doubt in my mind that there will be other readers who are inspired to delve into it like I am.
Today, I’m excited to present Screen Queens, a young adult contemporary novel by Lori Goldstein, recently published by Razorbill. For this book, think The Bold Type meets The Social Network, an empowering story for young girls. This review is spoiler-free. The story is about three smart girls, fresh out of high school, who are accepted to ValleyStart, which offers a prestigious summer internship through a startup incubator program. All three come from very different backgrounds. Lucy is wealthy and very organized, Maddie is a designer who has more responsibilities than a girl her age should, and Delia is a programmer from a loving and modest family. For the next five weeks, they need to build an app to win the ValleyStart competition, something they all desperately need for different reasons. But as the competition becomes fierce, so does the tension between them, and as havoc ensues, they will grow together and forge a wonderful friendship that will make them fierce. Injustice, sabotage, predators—this competition will throw them many curveballs, but they will discover that the real prize is the lessons they learn the hard way. The book is entertaining, educative, and easy to read. I particularly enjoyed seeing how each character grew throughout the story. The author dealt with real issues in the workplace, especially dominating behavior by men, such as bullying and sexism. The girls enter an arena they are not familiar with and learn how to deal with these issues. I loved how the book is geared toward empowering girls, showing them how to deal with teenagers’ personal issues (e.g., first love, applying for college) and work issues (e.g., unfair treatment, sexual harassment) at the same time. The story is mostly about girl empowerment and friendship in a tech (read all-men) environment.