Sophia of Silicon Valley - Anna Yen | ARC Review

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Pages: 365
Publication: William Morrow
Release date: April 10, 2018
How I got the copy: HarperCollins Canada
Rating: 3/5


I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book. The (parts of the) summary (I read) sounded great (let's be honest, I never read the entire summary), it follows an Asian female character, Sophia Young, in Silicon Valley and her story of how she achieved her career and landed a job working for Scott Kraft, CEO of Treehouse, an animated film studio. (I've now read the entire summary and I'm glad I went into the story pretty blind).

Prologue, we beginning with Sophia handling her boss, Scott, right before he's supposed to be making a speech. That typical male CEO, despite having to be somewhere on time he stops to walk by the ocean and eat cookies to calm his nerves instead of going to his meeting without issue. Then we're brought back to the beginning of Sophia's career, before landing her job with Scott Kraft and fresh out of College with no experience in tech.

Sophia is loud, speaks her mind, knows how to stand her ground (unless it revolves around her love life) and she's so stubborn but she's also struggling to find herself. Sophia doesn't know who she is, she isn't confident (if it's not about her career) and she wishes/imagines if she was white or blonde or taller that maybe getting fired or being dumped wouldn't be happening to her... Which is kind of awful. In no way is she thinking about being white would be easier in a political way, it's purely in a dramatic personal way thinking the grass is greener on the other side.

Throughout the entire book Sophia seems to luck out with landing jobs and finding her next step because she's a hard worker and gets things done. However, I did feel there was a lot of before her career starts that happens within the story (for about 100 pages). A little bit too much background information for my liking. There's some financial lingo that goes without explaining that I had to look them up since I have no financial/stock market knowledge so I relied on Mr.Google to help explain those terms...

Obviously, what interested me the most about this book was Sophia being a women in Silicon Valley working among only man and finding her voice within the industry, which is what the book is all about but I would have liked to know more about Sophia's personal life. She has a boyfriend and we never read about any interactions throughout the day about her relationships, we only get other interactions from her overbearing parents and some friends. I don't believe her relationship went without communication for weeks at a time.

I enjoyed reading Sophia reach her power in the tech industry but I will say I went into this thinking I was going to be reading about a women who was already in power in the industry. At least from what I've read, we're always reading women working towards their success, where are the books about women characters who are already successful and the CEOs, or founders of a company? I love the movie Intern, with Anne Hathaway and Robert De Niro, because of that reason, Anne's character is the boss and founder of the company she creates. Where are books similar to this movie (but from the perspective of the women)?

Overall, I enjoyed Sophia of Silicon Valley but I wanted more about Sophia and not only about her career because we are more than just our careers. It was well-written and I think well compared to The Devil Wears Prada book but with less glamour and fashion.

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