My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Received: HBG Canada
Publication Date: September 7th, 2017
Point of View: 3rd Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 9+
Genres & Themes: Middle grade, Contemporary, Friendship
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?
What a disappointment from the author of Every Last Word.
Allie loves computers. She spent her summers at an all-girl coding camp and now she’s eager to enter her newest invention—Click’d—in a competition.
But she hasn’t figured out everything about Click’d. She needs to work hard on the glitches that seem to be causing so much problem. Maybe it’ll be ready on time… if she works with her nemesis.
It’s all about the app. I guess I should have seen it coming, given the title, but I just did not expect EVERY SINGLE THING to be about the app. How it affects her friends. How it brings she and her nemesis together.
I grew bored. First of all, Click’d is inspired by so many apps out there that it’s not creative at all. It’s just… an app. The idea of helping new students make friends is honourable, but it’s not working well. It causes more problems than it solves.
Then there’s the fact that it’s so… young. I’ve read many middle grade novels, so I know that these can work for adults as well. This one, however, I would not recommend to readers older than eleven. It’s simply-written, lacks dimension and made me wish I’d never started it in the first place.
Its redeemable qualities are its pacing and the relationship between Allie and her nemesis. It was super easy to read and pretty fast with all of its extra content—text messages and Click’d walls. I liked the idea of the competition at the end as well, but it, too, turned into a bummer.
Such a shame.
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