Buttons Book Reviews

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Girls Who Code: Team BFF: Race To The Finish — November 30, 2018

Girls Who Code: Team BFF: Race To The Finish

download (1)Sophia and her coding club BFFs have the best time together. Sure, they work on coding projects, but mostly they gossip about crushes, eat cookies, and do totally silly impersonations. Now they’re about to participate in their first hackathon–a full day of coding and meeting other coders–so it’s time to step up their game!

I really liked this book, although I think that it could have been done better. I enjoyed the character development a lot, but the pacing was off and all of the responsibilities heaped onto Sophia seemed a little bit inaccurate.

The writing style didn’t change at all from the last book. I wanted it to be a little bit different, but it wasn’t. Stacia’s style was (once again) really really basic. I wish that there was a little bit more prose in it, just because prose makes a story interesting and I love interesting stories. I really liked the way that Stacia used the setting to convey the mood of the characters, and how the others reacted to it. I didn’t particularly like the way that Stacia wrote, but I can live with it.

Team BFF_ Race To The Finish

The characters were okay, but I wish that they had been more detailed. I enjoyed reading about them, but I think that they could have been better written. All of the characters seemed very two-dimensional and I just wanted some well-written 6th graders (that aren’t from the Percy Jackson universe). All of the characters developed during the course of the book and I loved that a lot. All of the characters were so sweet and funny. I really enjoyed reading about the friendships in this book and hearing about how diverse it was. Stacia tried to make this book as diverse as possible, and I love her for that. 

The plot was not very intense. But maybe I’m just used to reading action-packed fantasy books. There is no magic in this book (unless you consider coding magic). I enjoyed this book, but I wanted things to happen sooner than they did. There was also the matter of pacing. This book’s pacing was very uneven. Things would be happening at the speed of light, and then they’d slow down to a snail’s pace. I just wanted the pacing to be steady like it was in the last book. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did the first one, but it’s target audience might.

I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I enjoyed the first one, but it was okay. I recommend to middle-schoolers and people who love coding. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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Girls Who Code: The Friendship Code, by Stacia Deutsch — November 28, 2018

Girls Who Code: The Friendship Code, by Stacia Deutsch

download (1)Looking forward to joining the new coding club at school so that she can develop her app idea, Lucy is disappointed by the lukewarm reception she receives from the club’s other members, who work with her to decipher mysterious coding notes.

This book was so sweet!!!! It was about a group of girls who don’t like who they’re grouped with in coding club, and they start getting mysterious notes. The girls need to learn how to befriend each other to figure out who is sending the notes. I loved reading The Friendship Code and can’t wait to talk to you guys about it.

The writing style was very basic because this book was written for 9-or-10-year-olds. I enjoyed it though. The setting was very well done and I could envision myself with the characters, coding. I really loved how The Friendship Code talked about coding because not many books talk about that, and I think that it is a very important topic. I really enjoyed the style of the book, although The Friendship Code could have easily been cut down to half of its size if the publishers just made the font size smaller.

The characters were super well-written and I enjoyed reading about all of them. Lucy is a great main character. Her voice is unique, she handles problems realistically, and she acts like a sixth grader. Lucy acts her age. All of the relationships between characters were very realistic and I enjoyed hearing about them. I loved reading about the growing friendships between the girls, and how all of them grew as people. The girls were such amazing characters and I loved reading about all of them.

The Friendship Code

The plot was very well-written. It was also very character-based. The plot centered on the making of friends and family relationships. It was sweet. I loved the way that the story progressed. The pacing was fairly steady and consistent. The book tokk place over the time frame of a week. I enjoyed reading about the girls and how they handled their problems. I loved reading this The Friendship Code.

I really liked reading this book and highly recommend it. I got the summary from my local library. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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