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Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Review: Sophia of Silicon Valley by Anna Yen



Blurb from Goodreads:
A brilliant young Asian woman navigates the thrilling world of Silicon Valley in the boom years of the tech industry, working for some of the greatest minds of our time, including Steve Jobs and Elon Musk, in this a fast-paced satirical, and revealing novel—drawn from the author’s own experiences—in the spirit of The Devil Wears Prada, Primates of Park Avenue, and Bond Girl

The daughter of successful Taiwanese immigrants, Sophia Young has always spoken her mind, and in Silicon Valley, that turns out to be her greatest asset—especially when she’s often the only woman in a room. As companies like Apple, Google, Tesla, and Oracle are beginning to revolutionize the world, Sophia lucks into a job that puts her directly in the path of Scott Kraft, the eccentric founder of a groundbreaking software company and CEO of an animated film studio that is transforming the art.

As Scott’s right hand woman, the incorrigibly outspoken Sophia is in the eye of the storm—a thrilling and terrifying position that challenges her, threatens her relationships and even her health, yet ultimately teaches her how to take charge of her own future. But when engineer and inventor Andre Stark hires her to run investor relations, Sophia starts to question whether the big paycheck and high-status career are worth living in a boys-club gone bad.

Sharp, dramatic, and full of insider dish, Sophia of Silicon Valley is an engrossing story of a professional woman storming the corridors of geek power and—and the price of living in the shadows of its eccentric maestros.

My Review:
 
I really liked this - I was definitely pleasantly surprised!  It's rare that I am envious of the experiences of a character in a book but I have to say that Sophia is such a bad-ass!  I really loved this behind the scenes exploration into tech, Silicon Valley and investor relations.  I learned so much!  I really liked the writing, the POV, the pace of this - it made a quick read but not one that felt incomplete or unsatisfying.  I definitely will be on the look-out for more from this author!

Sophia of Silicon Valley comes out next week on April 10, 2018 and you can purchase HERE.
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1 comment:

  1. Definitely a different concept and idea for a book! Glad you liked it, it does sound intriguing.

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