“Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done” Book Review | Got me super pumped!

“Girl Code: Gaming, Going Viral, and Getting It Done” Book Review | Got me super pumped!

Author: Andrea GonzalesSophie Houser

Genre: Non-Fiction, Memoir

Number of Pages: 272 pages

Two high school girls decide to take a 7-week long coding program – one to enhance her skills and the other one just to try her hand at it. They learn to code, get acquainted with the coding standards and various languages. At the end of the program they have to submit a final project using what they have learnt – what they submit changes their lives and opens up opportunities were beyond them. Their project was a simple game called Tampon Run – yes, you read it right! This was the game that opened their doorway and changed their lives for the better!

I am so glad that I picked this book up in spite of the fact that I had never even heard of it. This is an amazing empowering story of two incredible young ladies and the journey that started at Girls Who Code. Their story is a huge inspiration – it says all you’ve gotta do is try and do things even if you are scared of failure or embarrassment. If you know something is worth saying, say it.. if something excites you, do it.. try it for the heck of it.. just don’t sit back and do nothing. You will never know what you are amazing at if you never give it a go in the first place.

A warm hug to these girls who took up the topic of menstruation and turned it into a game. Apparently, the blood and gore of violence is much more acceptable in our society than a female’s natural physiological behavior. The social stigma attached to menstruation is insane and needs to be broken. Why is it shameful to talk about something that is natural and nobody really has any control over? Okay.. you say everything need not be out in the open.. but then this is also not something that needs to be hushed.

Andrea and Sophie’s story is one that should be read by everyone, especially the young girls. It very strongly advocates and teaches the fact that your own empowerment is in your own hands and many more life lessons. Their coding journey will motivate and inspire you to try your hand at it too. Honestly, never have I been so pumped up about brushing up my own programming skills before this! 😛

And if they really succeed at making you see the wonders of coding by the end of their story, they have added basic coding tutorials and resources to get you started! If nothing else, it should inspire you think about the social taboos and the importance of setting things right.

I highly encourage you to read this book. It is totally worth the time.. especially if you think you lack the ability or conditions to make it in life.

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