Review: Screen Queens by Lori Goldstein

Title: Screen Queens
Author: Lori Goldstein
Release Date: June 11, 2019
Publisher: Razorbill
Pages: 368

Content Warnings: underage drinking, attempted assault, panic attacks

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The Bold Type meets The Social Network when three girls vying for prestigious summer internships through a startup incubator program uncover the truth about what it means to succeed in the male-dominated world of tech.

This summer Silicon Valley is a girls’ club.

Three thousand applicants. An acceptance rate of two percent. A dream internship for the winning team. ValleyStart is the most prestigious high school tech incubator competition in the country. Lucy Katz, Maddie Li, and Delia Meyer have secured their spots. And they’ve come to win.

Meet the Screen Queens.

Lucy Katz was born and raised in Palo Alto, so tech, well, it runs in her blood. A social butterfly and CEO in-the-making, Lucy is ready to win and party.

East Coast designer, Maddie Li left her home and small business behind for a summer at ValleyStart. Maddie thinks she’s only there to bolster her graphic design portfolio, not to make friends.

Delia Meyer taught herself how to code on a hand-me-down computer in her tiny Midwestern town. Now, it’s time for the big leagues–ValleyStart–but super shy Delia isn’t sure if she can hack it (pun intended).

When the competition kicks off, Lucy, Maddie, and Delia realize just how challenging the next five weeks will be. As if there wasn’t enough pressure already, the girls learn that they would be the only all-female team to win ever. Add in one first love, a two-faced mentor, and an ex-boyfriend turned nemesis and things get…complicated.

Filled with humor, heart, and a whole lot of girl power, Screen Queens is perfect for fans of Morgan Matson, Jenny Han, and The Bold Type

I’m really finding myself to be the black sheep on a ton of popular releases this year and I hate it. I was expecting so much empowerment from Lori Goldstein’s Screen Queens and it was there….in the last 20 percent of the book.

I want to be known for what I want to do, not for what someone does to me.

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Girls have so many stereotypes thrust upon them. I guess I just wish we could start having books where the characters don’t have to play into those stereotypes at the beginning and learn to be better by the end. In this day and age, so many girls are rejecting all of the pre-conceived notions people have about them and saying that it’s okay to be who they want to be from the beginning. Why can’t the characters in our books do the same?

The majority of Screen Queens had Lucy, Maddie, and Delia pitting themselves against each other. They were mean, catty, and only looking out for themselves. It wasn’t until the very end of the book that they realized things would be better and they could actually win the competition if they worked together.

The time has passed for us to be telling girls they have to hate each other before they can start forming friendships.

No more being afraid to say what we mean. To ask for what we want.

screen queens by lori goldstein

Screen Queens could have been such a monumental story. Girls kicking butt in the STEM industry? We. Need. These. Stories. But they also need to be told the right way. And yes, the ending of this book was great and Goldstein showed her main characters standing up for themselves and accepting nothing less than what they deserved, but the entire thing should have been like that.

Also, hey, not speaking up about your abuser does not make you selfish. That’s such a deeply personal thing and if you aren’t ready in the present moment to talk about it, or even if you’re never ready, that’s okay. Never let anybody dictate how you deal with your trauma.

I don’t even know if anything I’m saying makes sense outside of my brain. I’ve been having the worst time getting my feelings on Screen Queens translated into actual sentences, but this is what I have. If the synopsis grabs your attention, please pick it up! This is probably a classic case of it’s not you it’s me, and that’s okay.

If you’re still unsure about whether or not you want to read Screen Queens, then check out the excerpt I shared last week!

A digital ARC was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Additionally, all quotes should be checked for accuracy against the final published novel.

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