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Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  662 ratings  ·  170 reviews
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
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ebook, 288 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by HarperCollins
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Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
I'm super happy that I picked this audiobook up, as an ex-computing student and coder myself, it was great to hear the experiences of two young female coders creating their own game and promoting it to the world. The narrators are the two authors themselves which I found great, since I could connect with them easily. Andrea and Sophie meet at a summer camp for a group known as Girls Who Code and then team up to create a project which then goes viral. Their game is called Tampon Run, the menstrua ...more
Kevin
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I've been interested in programing for 35 years. I'm not much good at it but still find it fascinating. That's why I picked this book up, I'm surely not the targeted audience old white male, but I learned a lot about feminism, ambition, and the courage to put yourself out there to accomplish a goal that you feel is worth doing even if other parts of your life are sacrificed in the process. Great book I'd recommend this to everyone, but most especially anyone interested in push ...more
Kayla (Kayla's Book Nook)
*4.5 Stars*

I don't read many memoirs. To me, books are an escapism from reality, and memoirs and other non-fiction books are the complete opposite. Because of this, I became kind of reluctant after I requested this book and found out it was a memoir, but I still dove in with high hopes- hopes that were definitely met!

For a brief summary, Girl Code revolves around Sophie and Andrea, who at first are more or less normal teens who like many of the same things other teenagers do. But then they decid
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Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I got as a reviewer for YA Books Central.

If you can’t tell by the sad self-designed blog graphics, I kinda like Photoshop, digital design in general, and web design. I took web and digital design classes in high school, but the web design class kinda devolved into a business class once the teacher left to teach math and her husband took over. We didn’t learn much about websites and coding after that.

Thankfully, Gonzales and Houser didn’
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Chloe (thelastcolour)
an interesting read about what it's like to be a female coder, as someone who is intrigued by the coding industry and wants to learn how to code, I found this an enlightening read that has lead me on to some useful websites. these girls are rather inspiring and empowering.
Arya
Feb 14, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was really interesting. I picked this up on a whim at the library and honestly I had no idea anything to do with the creators of tampon run or what it was in the first place. However i was really inspired by their story. ive always wanted to learn how to code and i am super excited to learn more about coding and see what these amazing women do in their futures
Chrissy
Dec 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018, memoir
So. I didn't mean to take a 12 month hiatus from Goodreads. I also didn't mean to gain about 12 pounds over Christmas break, but both already happened. So, here I go, picking up where I left off, on vegetables and on book reviews.

I figured I may as well start 2018 with a memoir, and Girl Code had a pretty cute cover, which seemed a good enough reason as any to pick up the book. I don't have any particular interest in computer science, nor can I even pretend to have an inkling of knowledge about
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Baker St Shelves
Apr 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book about the technical world of gaming. I recommend this book if this is a subject you're interested in or you to be part of this industry. I appreciated how it's simple to read and doesn't bog you with techno babble.
Marti
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the true story of Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser. Andy and Sophie are alumnae of the Girls Who Code summer camp but more importantly, the geniuses behind "Tampon Run" and "Catcall Run," video games to promote social justice and increase awareness of women's issues, specifically taboos surrounding menstruation. Not only do Andy and Sophie share their journey through the wonderful world of computer code, they talk about the issues they faced as teenaged girls navigating the male-dominat ...more
Mo
I only came across this gem because I'm doing Book Riot's Read Harder challenge, and it met the non-fiction about technology criteria. It's a novella-size memoir by the two teenagers who developed the game Tampon Run at Girls Who Code. (I'm old. I'd never heard of either of these things.) It's a lovely testament to the strength of friendship, creativity, and collaboration. If there had been any kind of "Not all women have a uterus, and not all people who have a uterus are women" hat tip to balan ...more
Valerie
3.5 stars!

I didn't like the writing too much, which is understandable, but the message was phenomenal. GIRLS CODING, and also a video game where you throw tampons at people.

I really appreciated how the authors went into how they tackled each project and each line of code. Sometimes it's really overwhelming to look towards the end goal, in that you start thinking "wow, will I even be able to do that?" Little by little, however, the project DOES come together. And before you know it, you have the
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Louise Douglas
Mar 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books
I stumbled across this book when looking for any coding books on my library app – turns out there aren’t that many. But actually, I’m really glad I ran across it as I found it such a relateable story. Sophie and Andy were two teenage girls who found themselves at a coding camp together and through that camp, they built a game called ‘Tampon Run’ which was intended to challenge the taboo of talking about periods when people are perfectly fine with guns and violence. The game was only really inten ...more
Zach Koenig
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are a lot of "irons in the fire" in "Girl Code": Coding culture, the story of two young women, & the taboo of menstruation as a conversational topic. Though I think it could have been easy to get lost a bit in those themes, authors Gonzales & Houser (also the subjects of the book) do a very good job of fleshing them all out and not letting their message get muddled.

Basically, "Girl Code" tells the real-life story of how Sophie & Andy met at a special Girls Who Code camp. Though
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CapesandCovers
As someone who heard about Tampon Run way back when it first came out, and loved the concept of it (not to mention playing it), I was pretty interested in this book.

I don't usually read non-fiction, but I really enjoyed how Girl Code read with a dual POV. Both Sophie and Andie were relatable and likable right from the start. Both of them grow so much throughout the book, and I loved how their friendship held them together through all of it.

Now, I know virtually nothing about coding, but I felt
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D.R. Oestreicher
Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done by Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser recounts the story of two high school girls from New York City who signed up for a summer coding program with Girls Who Code (GWC)…and their project goes viral. They are interviewed by the press, make television appearances, and are invited to Silicon Valley. They are role models for any girls who might consider a career in high technology. The book is full of examples of successful women in technology and c ...more
Sarah Hicks
Jan 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an adorable peek into the story behind Tampon Run, that computer game that went viral due to its creators willingness to use code to confront taboos surrounding menstruation. In their memoir, Andy and Sophie bravely describe what are probably typical mental hangups of teenage girls facing fears and limitations in what they are defined as being capable of. (I'm a generation older, and I recognized so many of those fears and imagined limitations.) They also describe their experiences at a ...more
Katerina Y.
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars for me.
This is a great book, especially for high-school girls who are not sure whether they want to follow a career path in computer science or not. But it is also for grown up people who are still unsure whether they want to learn how to code. This is not a self-guide to teaching yourself coding, but it is a guide to how not to be afraid of learning how to code.
For me, who is currently studying computer languages, this was a very inspirational and interesting book. I loved to read an
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Sidney HasNoHorses
These girls are a true inspiration! I loved reading the story from their point of view. While reading I had experience some emotions that they would have been feeling as well. While that wasn't normally a book I would read, the whole story was interesting and it kept me reading.
Elora Mitchell *Sovereign of not finishing books I start*
What a fun read! I appreciated the honesty the girls had with the hard work and lack of confidence they felt at times, and how they were able to overcome their insecurities. Bonus points for having step-by-step coding instructions in the back—that was a fantastic touch.
Kim
Mar 05, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Got halfway through. Thought this was gonna be cool and about coding. More about feminism and tampons. Whatever. DNF
Mary
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The true story of two girl (now women) coders and how they got into the field. They also address the difficulties women face in the tech field (including GamerGate) and in everyday life. Inspiring.
Megan
Aug 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
OMG!!!!! I just might have to use this in my classroom! Squeeze over, Shakespeare! Andrea and Sophie are hopping on to my syllabus!!!
Mary Ann
Andrea “Andy” and Sophie met at Girls Who Code summer program and joined forces to create Tampon Run, an internet game that went viral. In this engaging memoir, they share their desires to combine social commentary with computer coding and their struggles to find their voice and persist in the face of doubt.
Mrs. Schonour
Nov 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
This is a fabulous book! It’s written by two teenagers and I love their honest voices. I feel like I know them after reading the book. This book is oozing girl power and is worthwhile for every young person to read. It empowers girls and teaches boys what young ladies deal with in terms of stigma and struggles. The book is the authors’ paths through learning how to code and creating a game together. I’d recommend this to adults as well.
Clare Bird
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Things I enjoyed about this book:

I LOVE that this book is about two girls who are killing it in the world. I think they are such wonderful role models. I enjoyed hearing their journey and the details behind them working together. I thought it was important that they showed pieces of their personal lives and personalities to show that its not just “nerdy” girls who code.

The Things I Didn’t Enjoy:

I think with any memoir or nonfiction information gets repetitive. I felt that a lot throughout the
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Dyan
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got this book through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Girl Code is a nonfiction book about two girls who learn to code and go viral with the game they developed.

The book is written by Andrea and Sophie and we get both of their opinions and views and experiences through alternating chapters. Girl Code is divided into different chapters and chronologically tells the story of how they started programming to where they are now.
The goal of the book seems to me to be kind of an autobiogr
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Sarah Ressler Wright
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Clearly I love a great book about female empowerment, and Girl Code is no exception.
Absolutely awesome! This is my new favorite book and I have bought several copies for my high school library to give to both male and female aspiring coders and any student who needs to be inspired to persevere in the midst of hardships.

This true story is about how two girls, Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser, met at a Girls Who Code camp the summer between their junior and senior years of high school. Their alt
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Taylor Roth
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Typically I don't read memoirs on my own, the only time I do is if I'm required to read it for an assignment. But I saw this in my library and decided to read the first few pages and instantly related to Andy and Sophie. With their Harry Potter references to just being hilarious. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to feel empowered after reading a book, and this book did exactly that. The way Andy and Sophie addressed the gender gap in the tech industry made me think about how wome ...more
Chelsey
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Andy and Sophie, the teens who spent a summer learning to code and then developed Tampon Run, a game designed to anti-stigmatize menstruation, talk honestly about their experiences in the coding field. Openly sharing their fears, insecurities, and triumphs, they bring an astonishing level of relatability and genuine-ness to their story. I'm by no means a coder, but these girls made me interested in learning more. This was such a breath of fresh air.
Jo
May 08, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Rating: PG
~Personal review~
Picked this up at my college campus library to read while I ate lunch. It was a quick read. Feminist but an interesting memoir.
I'm not a feminist, though.
Not going to argue in the comments. I can have my own beliefs.
~Heads up~
Swearing
Liberal
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