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Sophia of Silicon Valley

3.41  ·  Rating details ·  2,224 ratings  ·  300 reviews
Sharp, dramatic, and full of insider dish, SOPHIA OF SILICON VALLEY is one woman’s story of a career storming the corridors of geek power and living in the shadow of its outrageous cast of maestros.

During the heady years of the tech boom, incorrigibly frank Sophia Young lucks into a job that puts her directly in the path of Scott Kraft, the eccentric CEO of Treehouse, a st
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Published April 10th 2018 by HarperAudio
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Larry H
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm between 4 and 4.5 stars here.

"I'm only twenty-six years old. I'm not sure how it happened. Actually, I know exactly how it happened. Unreasonable immigrant parents, a life is short attitude, and a mouth I can't seem to fully control. I've been trained since birth to get what I want; now I use this "skill" to get my bosses whatever they want. I've made it into the inner circle."

What Sophia Young wanted more than anything was to be a cheerleader for the Golden State Warriors basketball team. B
Carol (Bookaria)
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, fiction
This is a quirky, contemporary story featuring a young Asian professional working in the technological world of Silicon Valley.

Sophia is a recent graduate who becomes employed by the greatest people in the field. Her first boss Scott has a fictional resemblance to Steve Jobs, while her second boss' resemblance is to Elon Musk.

The story describes the lessons and experiences of a female in a, somewhat male-dominated field. The novel also depicts Sophia's relationship with her family and romantic
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book is being marketed as a girl-power, The Devil Wears Prada read-alike that is set in the world of Silicon Valley startups. This is inaccurate. The author/narrator (it's clear that they are one and the same) fawns incessantly over Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and other of her straight white male mentors. Their unprofessional and verbally abusive behavior, and often sexist and racist comments are passed off as funny in a "boys will be boys" sort of way, and their incredible genius (remarked upon ...more
May 26, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can’t believe someone wrote and published self-insert Steve Jobs and Elon Musk fanfic, what a world.
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in2018
I really struggled with how to rate this. On the surface, it was a pretty good book - I liked the plot, and the overall storyline of a woman with no tech background suddenly ending up in the tech world.

That being said, Sophia was a really frustrating character, and I really struggled with her as a lead. Worse though, were most of the supporting characters. I know it was intentional that her parents were overbearing and pushy, and that Scott was meant to be rude and melodramatic, and that Daniel
Joce (squibblesreads)
Listened to audiobook with husband! I enjoyed it quite a bit :)
Wendy Liu
[previous review removed] Not really my style.
Aug 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 20s, read-in-2018
I don't think I was reading the same book as 90% of the people here which is quite confusing. For most of the book I was just annoyed and bored but then I got to the ending and I was absolutely enraged.

The tech bosses Sophia works for are all thinly veiled and it's clearly she (well Anna Yen) really liked Steve Jobs. That's all very nice but what isn't so clear is if she ever pushed back on the rampant sexism and racism and just plain rudeness she and a few others faced in Silicon Valley as 'on
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was presented to me as a novel about a woman taking on the sexist boys’ club of Silicon Valley. Mainly it’s a lightly fictionalized memoir about a woman justifying to everyone around her why she wants to please Steve Jobs/Elon Musk and then becoming powerful enough to verbally abuse the women she manages just like they did! She doesn’t “take on” the boys’ club; she simply joins it.

Besides that, the writing here is bizarre in many ways. The protagonist suddenly gets cancer and then qui
DNF @ 1hr 10min into the audiobook!

I had no issues with the narrator, just the writing style wasn't really for me. I didn't like how the main character's family was treating her!
Stewart Tame
I won a free ARC of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. Your mileage may vary …

Sophia Young is the daughter of Taiwanese immigrant parents who manages to be working for Steve Jobs as Pixar’s first animated feature is released, and for Elon Musk at the debut of the Tesla. This is a fictionalized version, though, so it's “Scott Kraft” and “Treehouse’s” first animated feature, “Treasures,” and it's “Andre Stark” who unveils the “Ion.” There are more real world companies and products referenced, but
I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. The (parts of the) summary (I read) sounded great (let's be honest, I never read the entire summary), it follows an Asian female character, Sophia Young, in Silicon Valley and her story of how she achieved her career and landed a job working for Scott Kraft, CEO of Treehouse, an animated film studio. (I've now read the entire summary and I'm glad I went into the story pretty blind).

Prologue, we beginning with Sophia handling her boss, Scott, right be
Jun 24, 2018 rated it did not like it
The funniest line in the book may be "This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents either are products of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously and are not to be construed as real. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental"

It is a very thinly veiled memoir, documenting the author's time working for SV "greats" like Steve Jobs & Elon Musk. If you have any appetite for SV misogynistic hero worship this may be
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As someone who has lived and worked in Silicon Valley, I really enjoyed this. I empathized with Sophia and cheered her on as she navigated work and personal relationships. Yen's writing is smooth and paced well - I like how the story spanned multiple years, not just one point in time. I also liked how there was depth to the story - it wasn't just all about a single girl trying to make it in Silicon Valley; there were serious obstacles to overcome.

Recommended if you like light workplace novels w
Jan 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: abandoned
This book is so awful that I wish I could remember where I heard about it so I make sure never to take their recommendations again.
Jamie Rosenblit
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Being a young female in an industry that is also male dominated (finance/investment banking), it was so interesting to follow Sophia’s journey in Silicon Valley alongside her. As Sophia grows and changes, I saw so many experiences and thought patterns that crossed my life in my early 20s and I have always been drawn to books that show strong females in the workplace. I thought the trajectory of the story flowed naturally and was really enjoyable to read. I’ll be looking for more from this author ...more
Jun 19, 2018 rated it did not like it
If you want to write an autobiography write an autobiography, not a bad fiction book.
Lee Woodruff
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This breezy read reminded me of a combo of “Where’d You Go Bernadette” and “Crazy Rich Asians.” It’s the Cinderella story with Prada boots and a ball gown in Silicon Valley. Part memoir mingled with a little fiction, brassy Sophia is a Chinese American graduate who has the moxie and the smarts to jump from her legal position to a firm that is a copy of Pixar, for a boss who happens to resemble Steve Jobs. All kinds of madcap things happen, from looking for Mr. Right, to getting ill (spoiler aler ...more
Michelle Arredondo
So I have a cousin that has been harping on me to read one of her favorite books..Crazy Rich Asians. I have yet to tackle it. I just don't feel like it is going to be something that will intrigue me enough. But then...I run across this book. It's had some semi comparisons to it. New age, women's lit, fun, adventurous...all that. I've read it compares to all the good hyped up women in the forefront type books. Decided this will be the one I take a chance my way to the others.

Sophia Of S
Claire Romine
Feb 24, 2019 rated it did not like it
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Dec 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is SUCH A GOOD BOOK!!! I love to read on my vacations and I finished this before I even got to my destination- THAT is how good this book is!!! I couldn’t put it down! It made me laugh, it made me cry, and it inspired me to continue to kick ass as a strong woman. It truly is captivating, entertaining, and inspiring! It is loosely based on one woman’s real life experiences navigating the waters of Silicon Valley! It speaks to me as a woman in corporate America and inspires me to stay strong ...more
Aug 11, 2018 rated it did not like it
In light of the #MeToo era and the stories of the "bro tech" culture of Silicon Valley, it was interesting to hear about this book that supposedly parodies and shines a light of the culture and nature of SV. Seems like a good pick up. It also helped that I read a really interesting interview with Yen that peaked my interest into going ahead and picking up the book, despite the so-so reviews.

Sophia of the title is a woman who has lucked into being an assistant to a rather eccentric CEO with huge
Katya Kazbek
Apr 15, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
I wanted to read this because the author is a woman of color, and because women in tech are our future. However, I was very quickly bored and abandoned the book after the prologue and first chapter. The narrator was set up like a woman who had chanced into a relations position (read: nothing to do with tech) in tech after having a privileged upbringing. First of all, I find it really hard to relate to narrators who do not appear at least a little broken from the get-go, and the only problem Soph ...more
Mike He
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Although "Sophia of Silicon Valley" is classified as a fiction, it's pretty much of what actually has been going on in the tech world of Silicon Valley. It relates very well to current and past Valley IR/PR/communications professionals like me, and is fun to read. Thanks, Anna Yen for a story well told and written. ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.7 for a book that is chick lit, with a touch of reality. The book is fun, interesting, and from someone who had a unique front row spot in a lot of really interesting tech in the last couple decades. The character is easy to root for and tenacious in the goings on around her. She has a good balance of being at times in awe, but then also learning to grasp the new realities of the legends that are just real people. That said, I do wish she had done more than just perpetuated some of the poor tr ...more
Aviad Eilam
Jan 01, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This reads like the diary of an eighth grader: an immature, flat voice narrating a series of events in the most overwrought and cliched language. I had to do a double take when the protagonist, flirting with a New York Times reporter whom she suspects might be Asian like her, says she hoped he “was on the Orient Express, or at least had a bit of yellow fever.” Cringeworthy, like almost everything else in this book.
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Sophia's story is Anna Yen's story, fictionalized. It felt super authentic and captured the zeitgeist of "the valley" throughout the 90s and 2000s PERFECTLY. The whole time I was reading, it made me wonder — who is Anna Yen? And of course, a quick LinkedIn search made it apparent that Ms. Yen IS Sophia. I almost wish this book were non-fiction. But I get it: Anna Yen wanted to cherry-pick experiences and jump around timelines. Maybe she wanted to keep SOME semblance of anonymity ("Don't worry, y ...more
Kathleen Gray
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This started out a bit rocky- Sophia came off as shrieker to me, which is inappropriate in someone so junior in any business, and her desperate need to find a husband rang very very old fashioned, especially at her age. Then, however, it settled down. Clearly Yen knows Silicon Valley and she knows her business, so those interested in a little anti-fan girl for Elon Musk and Steve Jobs will find this entertaining. I found it entertaining for the writing and for the fact that Sophia was dealing wi ...more
Jennifer Hillier
“Are you stupid, or fucking stupid?”

If you think you’re about to read “A much-needed professional coming of age story” about a young woman in tech, you’re not. Sophia starts her career as a spoiled immature brat looking for a husband, and ends it with a I’m a bitch and I’m better than you attitude. Rather than changing the tech industry culture and empowering the women in it, Sophia does just the opposite by degrading the women she works with. The epilogue made me cringe! How do people rate this
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Not only was I entertained by this book and the character from start to finish, the personal + professional lessons Sophia experienced helped me directly address a few major challenges I've been facing in my own career growth around trusting my voice and contributions. Sophia become a sort of role model for me, as someone who overcame self-doubt through hard work, a little bit of luck, and following the path where her strengths led her. ...more
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