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

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

Author: Andrea Gonzales & Sophie Houser

Published: March 7th 2017

Pages: 272

Genre: Nonfiction, Science, Feminism, Memoir, Autobiography

Publisher: Harper Collins

Listened to on Libby


Wreath(13)-BlackGoodreads Description: 

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 love hearing about Andrea “Andy” Gonzales and Sophie Houser’s journey from average teens to powerhouses. Through the success of their video game, Andy and Sophie got unprecedented access to some of the biggest start-ups and tech companies, and now they’re sharing what they’ve seen. Their video game and their commitment to inspiring young women have been covered by the Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, CNN, Teen Vogue, Jezebel, the Today show, and many more.

Get ready for an inside look at the tech industry, the true power of coding, and some of the amazing women who are shaping the world. Andy and Sophie reveal not only what they’ve learned about opportunities in science and technology but also the true value of discovering your own voice and creativity.


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 book. I think it could have been condensed in areas.



Andrea Gonzales and Sophie Houser deserve five bird feathers for their book Girl Code. Part of me is partial, yes the writing and content probably doesn’t deserve five feathers, but the concept and message is worth every feather! These girls are breaking their way into the world of stem sciences and making their mark. I’ve already played tampon run many times and my highest score is 53. Download the game! Support these girls because they are awesome. Have your girls read this book and let it inspire them. We need more girls in the tech world.

Parent’s Guide:

There is a lot of talk of menstruation, which isn’t a bad thing and should be talked about… However if your child knows nothing about menstruation perhaps it wise to give them a crash course prior to the book. Just download tampon run, they’ll get it.


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