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Girl Gone Viral

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  52 ratings  ·  30 reviews
For seventeen-year-old Opal Hopper, code is magic. She builds entire worlds from scratch: Mars craters, shimmering lakes, any virtual experience her heart desires.

But she can't code her dad back into her life. When he disappeared after her tenth birthday, leaving only a cryptic note, Opal tried desperately to find him. And when he never turned up, she enrolled at a boardin
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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    Kathy - Books & Munches
    Jan 29, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: releases-2019
    > GAMES?!
    > Ready Player One-twist?!
    > GAAAAMES?!

    Like, I loved Warcross, Wildcard AND Ready Player One so I can only assume I'd love this one as well.
    On the TBR you go, dearie!
    Noha Badawi
    Feb 17, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Thanks a million for Penguin Random House International for sending me an advance reader copy.
    Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    *4.5 stars*

    I would have given this a full five star rating if the ending wasn't so rushed. The rest of the book was paced very well, was highly entertaining, and easy to read. The characters were so fun to get to know! Each character was so interesting and very unique. Also, this book dealt with mental health which I was not expecting! I felt that this story had very accurate representation of mental illness. I would highly recommend this book to everyone! It comes out in May so be sure to get y
    temi ★
    Mar 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: new-2019, sci-fi
    i swear there’s been a giveaway for this every week. god, if you want this in my is the time
    Kayla Brunson
    So I really don’t know what to think about this one. I was going in thinking I was going to get Warcross vibes and a really kickass heroine. While I did get some Warcross vibes, that’s really the only part that I got.

    "Humans are experts in sharing. It started with cave paintings and evolved into books, tweets, virtual reality -- who knows what’s next. But the pieces of ourselves that we share are just that. Pieces."

    This book takes place in the far future where even iPhones are a joke of the past
    May 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2019-releases, arcs
    This book was a rollercoaster. It took me a little while to get used to the technologies, but once I was immersed into it all, I really loved it, the discussions surrounding technologies, the central presence of complex friendships and the mystery at its heart, too. A very entertaining read!
    Full review coming soon :)

    Thank you to Penguin Random House International and Bookworms Unite PH for sending me the e-ARC of this book and allowing me to take part in the INTL blog tour for this book. This di
    May 01, 2019 marked it as to-read
    || YA Science Fiction
    || Girl who loves to code
    || Virtual reality, missing dad, a contest to win!

    May 2019 - Ten Books To Look Out For This Month
    Richelle Delgado
    May 04, 2019 rated it liked it
    Not good, not great just OK!
    Bianca (The Ultimate Fangirl)
    Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: read-asian, sci-fi
    HOLY AMAZEBALLS. THIS. BOOK. Now it sort off dawned on me why Penguin Teen called out Arvin on Twitter to submit this because heck, I WOULD HAVE PROBABLY DONE THE SAME THING. LOL

    That being said, I was in the middle of a ridiculous!! slump when I started reading this book, but it was the cure to my sanity. I love stories that deal with virtual reality, much so if it involves technology and discussions. There's all this talk about augmented reality, people against technology, and virtual talk show
    Tara (Spinatale Reviews)
    May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Girl Gone Viral really surprised me. I enjoyed how Ahmadi explored social media, how we portray ourselves online vs. how we actually are, and the challenges of connecting with others in an increasingly technological-based world. Plus the story was fun to read! It was a quick and engaging read.

    Opal was a great character, I found it fascinating to watch her change throughout the novel. The romance could have been developed more though, it would kind of disappear sometimes only to reappear out of t
    Kate (Reading Through Infinity)
    Thanks to the publisher for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

    TWs: cyber-bullying, discussions of suicide, on-page death, depression, alcoholism, insomnia.

    At its heart, this book is about friendship, technology, and empathy. It's about community, finding the truth and looking to the future. I loved the characters, dialogue and the futuristic tech, as well as the representation of what it's like to be a teenager trying to get into university. The author stri
    Hazel (Stay Bookish)
    May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Impressive sophomore novel– I was in awe of Ahmadi's futuristic setting and intrigued by the mysterious disappearance and the lengths the main character would go to meet the only man who might know something about it! Find my full review on the blog.
    When I was the same age as Opal, the protagonist of Girl Gone Viral, I was in high school, too; but I was learning to type and take shorthand, not creating virtual reality, coding, interacting via avatar. Self-driving cars and video chat were Jetsons cartoon futuristic sci-fi. And yet here we are.

    Opal grew up in a world where all these were the norm, and where artificial intelligence was, at least in her circle, desirable, the logical next development that would make the world a better, safer, h
    Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)
    Am I the only one that gets - somewhat - vague Warcross vibes here?
    Feb 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing

    Girl Gone Viral is one of those books that I just couldn't put down. After I finished it, questions about the future of technology, how far we are willing to sacrifice our data for personalized, tailored content, and what it means to be 'connected' kept popping into my head.

    I think we all can connect with 17-year-old Opal Hopper on a fundamental level. At a crossroads of finishing high school, applying to colleges, and navigating her newfound fame, Opal is a girl who just wants to do the right
    Ramona Mead
    May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: advanced-copies
    Not quite as strong as Ready Player One, though quite similar and with a strong female main character. I enjoyed this book a great deal. Initially I was concerned I'd get bogged down by all the technology but that wasn't the case at all. With a compelling story that gives us a glimpse into a potential future for our society, Ahmadi explores both the positive and negative aspects of a technological driven world. I appreciated the political component, which it made it feel less like fantasy. There ...more
    Elizabeth L.
    Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
    Girl Gone Viral explores a future world where everything is saturated in technology. This book doesn't have the "Oh, is technology bad for us?!" dilemma. The main character and the author are completely set on the idea that technology makes us better. The story focuses itself more on the
    "rise to fame" with its main character who, as the title suggests, goes viral.

    For the story it is trying to tell, it is good. There were some things that could have been better. The characters weren't as develo
    Cameron [Beacon Book Box]
    I was hooked from the start with the synopsis but, ultimately, did not enjoy it as much as I thought I would. The writing style was great but I did not like Opal's character arc throughout the story and (view spoiler) Recommend to anyone who likes Wa ...more
    mk 🦖
    Apr 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
    DNF at 36%. I found this book...kind of boring. The writing style is bland, the world building is unimpressive, the author tells a lot of the story rather than showing it. At this point I realized I just didn’t even really care what was happening. Usually a central mystery can keep me going because of a desire to know what’s happening but not in this case.
    Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
    2.5 stars. It was a fun novel, but I had some big issues with it. The MC is not likeable to me at all. Her friends are way too nice to her. Plus, I had a hard time believing she was a girl. She acts very much like a teenaged boy. I felt like the book was way too long for what it was and then I realize it's a series. I won't be continuing on this ride.
    Pam (The Girl Who Cried Books)
    ****Thank you to Penguin Random House International for giving me an Advance Reader's Copy of Girl Gone Viral and to Bookworms Unite PH for making this international blog tour possible!****

    Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I really struggle with reading about fictional futures for some reason. But this had heart and soul that anyone can relate to. I wish certain parts had MORE and certain parts had less but overall I recommend!!
    Dylan Glendinning
    Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    33% Black Mirror, 33% Ready Player One, 33% fierce (unforgettable) female lead, Girl Gone Viral was a riveting tale. Can’t stop thinking about the world Ahmadi builds...a STRONG recommend if you want a topical page turner!
    May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: 2019
    I entered a contest to win this book at the end of April and was so excited when I found out that I won, because I rarely win contests and I really wanted to read this book. I stayed up late many nights until I couldn't hold my eyes open any longer reading this riveting mystery. It was so good! The main characters were realistic and smart. The story was unique and relevant.
    Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: giveaways-2019
    A fast-paced plot-line in a tech dystopia that could very well be our future... Loved this novel!
    Mar 21, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Giveaway ends 5/27/19
    Jan 30, 2019 marked it as to-read
    Shelves: coming-soon-19
    There's so much awesome sci-fi coming out this year, hopefully, this book with raise the bar.
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