The New Girl Code by Niki Smit [Book Review]

November 1, 2018

Today I have a review of a book that would be on the shelves today, 1st of November 2018. So if you’re interested, go check it out. I got this review copy from Moon-Walk Communications and I immediately wanted to devour it as soon as I received it, which is what I did. 

Lets chat about the book.

Summary

The New Girl Code follows four fifteen year old girls from Cape Town. The main protagonist is Tumi Letsatsi who is struggling with putting together cool outfits. This brings an idea of creating an app that would assist her combining cool outfits. This idea propels her to start working on the app immediately, even though she did not know much about coding. She discovers the magic of coding, falls in love with it and creates an app called “Project Prep”. The app goes viral and rockets her and her friends to fame. But not all is good as they encounter a lot of challenges that might lead them to quitting the app.

My Thoughts

This book is an initiative of Inspiring Fifty, a non-profit that aims to increase diversity in tech by making role models more visible. The book’s Dutch edition under the name Project Prep was launched in the Netherlands and has become a huge movement, thus now aims to do the same in other countries. This is just an awesome movement taking to consideration the number of girls in the STEM field. I feel the story can be easily relatable to everyone because its like a girl next door.

This book is for young readers between the ages of 9-15. I think the author did a wonderful work with the writing style. The language is something that kids at this time use and would be understandable for them i.e. the use of hashtags. 

Another interesting fact about the writing is the format, I really enjoy books written in a format of a diary entry. This makes it easier to follow along with the book. 

The characters are represented perfectly and are relatable. 

The book covers aspects of relationships, entrepreneurship and technology. This were defined according to age group which is perfect and it introduces something they might not taught in schools. 

The book focuses more on coding, and I think this has been portrayed perfectly with the audience in mind. Even if you know nothing about coding, you can still understand this book because everything is defined without the need of being too technical.

The illustrations are amazing, the illustrator did a wonderful job bringing the book into life using illustrations.

Overall, this book is amazing and if you have kids encourage them to read this book. It is essential in such a time that we live in.


Rating

Those were my thoughts about the book, please check it out and the release date is 1st of November 2018.

This is a non-profit initiative and if you’d like to donate to this cause, please visit www.thenewgirlcode.com/donate or email hello@thenewgirlcode.com for further information.

Thank you Moon-Walk Communications  for sending me a review copy. For more book related, lifestyle and natural hair related posts, please do consider subscribing to my blog and if you’re on Instagram you can find me here.

Until next time, lets keep reading

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