Title: The Start-Up
Author: Sadie Hayes
Series: The Start-up #1
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Backlit Fiction
October 16, 2011
October 16, 2011
Buy the Book: Amazon
The Start-Up surprised me from the very first paragraph, or should I say before I started reading it? The blurb caught my attention immediately, it left me with a desire to know about the characters and the plot, and I was super excited to read it. It was the first time I was reading a book with this topic, a YA book. There are no YA books like The Start-Up! No! I haven't seen them! I haven't read them! So, it was something completely different to me, something really appealing! And the best thing is that it doesn't disappoint! It's awesome!
Ok, why it's awesome?
First, amazing plot. Imagine a big mix.
Gossip Girl + Technology + Dark Secret = The Start-up.
The story talks about two brothers, Amelia and Adam. They spent their childhoods in foster homes, they don't have money, but they have a lot of dreams, they want to do something with their lives. Amelia loves everything related with technology, she loves to code and to create new things. Adam is more ambitious, he wants to improve their lives, he wants to be like the people he sees around him people that make a lot of money, billionaires. They are finishing their freshmen year on scholarship at Stanford… but.. there is a big change… a complication. Amelia discovers something that she shouldn't. Now she knows something that will put her life and her brother's in danger.
Like I said before, the topic is something new, it's something different and there is a little bit of everything:
A. Drama: Family relationships, brother and sister, when they have different opinions. Father and son, when the son wants to impress his father. Sisters, when a sister falls for her sister's fiance… OMG!
B. Romance: Not only one couple… I think there are more…
C. Technology: If you're fan of technology, or if you have an Iphone, or an smart phone, you can be sure that you're going to enjoy this book a lot. Think about Apple and Silicon Valley…
Second, the characters are very realistic. They are not perfect, they have problems, and they make mistakes. They have different opinions, and the best of all is that you understand why they behave in they way they do, or why they do those things. You can't be only on Amelia's side, or Adam's. You understand their points of view. You understand them. Both of them.
And of course, there are also other characters that you will meet, some you will hate, and others that you'll love.
Like I said at the beginning, The Start-up is a really easy book to read, and difficult to stop reading. The plot is unique, complicated sometimes, but unique, and the way the author describes the story is wonderful. You think you're there. That you're part of that world. So, if you like books that talks about technology, technology that you may know, that maybe you have at home or in your pocket, if you like books like gossip girl, where there are rich girls and rich boys, rich families and big parties, and if you like a little bit of mystery, you'll will love this book. Highly Recommended! : )