Perfect for aspiring coders everywhere, Girl Code is the story of two teenage tech phenoms who met at Girls Who Code summer camp, teamed up to create a viral video game, and ended up becoming world famous. The book also includes bonus content to help you get started coding!
Fans of funny and inspiring books like Maya Van Wagenen’s Popular and Caroline Paul’s Gutsy Girl will love hearing about Andrea “Andy” Gonzales and Sophie Houser’s journey from average teens to powerhouses. Through the success of their video game, Andy and Sophie got unprecedented access to some of the biggest start-ups and tech companies, and now they’re sharing what they’ve seen. Their video game and their commitment to inspiring young women have been covered by the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, CNN, Teen Vogue, Jezebel, the Today show, and many more.
Get ready for an inside look at the tech industry, the true power of coding, and some of the amazing women who are shaping the world. Andy and Sophie reveal not only what they’ve learned about opportunities in science and technology but also the true value of discovering your own voice and creativity.
About the Author
Andrea “Andy” Gonzales is a student at Hunter College High School and will be attending the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Robertson Scholar. The summer before her freshman year of high school, Andy started learning to code. Since then, she’s been passionate about computer science and women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). When Andy attended Girls Who Code, she learned the power of working with other girls, and that led to the creation of the video game Tampon Run, which she co-built with Sophie Houser. Tampon Run’s success exceeded all expectations, and Andy was thrown into a world outside of her high school. Beyond her passion for computer science, Andy is a music, comic book, and video game enthusiast. She looks forward to remaining an active advocate for women in computer science.
Sophie Houser is a student at Brown University who learned to code at the Girls Who Code summer program. As her final project she co-created a game called Tampon Run with Andrea Gonzales to break down the menstrual taboo in society. The game went viral, throwing her into the limelight of the press, the public, and the tech world. In addition to coding, Sophie also enjoys laughing with her friends, wearing socks with interesting patterns, and Photoshopping funny scenes. She is pursuing all of these passions as well as many more at college and beyond.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The book, Girl Code, is pretty much about girls that learn how to code and the reason that they went for it. There are two girls, Sophie and Andy, they are the main characters of the book, and they also seem to be best friends. Sophie and Andy talk about the adventure they went through to create the games they have created and why the did so. Two of the games that were created is Tampon Run and Texas Tampon Massacre. They both tell their own perspective, at the beginning of each chapter, it tells you who is telling the story, and sometimes, it is in the middle of the chapter also. Although as you have been reading this, it might seem like I think this book but I really do not. I would not recommend this book to kids, but teenagers and older is okay. The main reason why I say this is because it is kind of inappropriate, such as the game they have created called Tampon Run and one of the chapter names is “We almost **** our pants”. It is a good book and all but, I wasn’t my taste. Thank you for taking the time and reading my review, I hope that this helped make your choice.
This book was great. Love it for all ages. Normalizes traditionally taboo topics and just the simple idea of women in CS.