Girl Gone Viral will go VIRAL!!


Girl Gone Viral is a beautifully crafted book that supports the themes of friendship and fighting for what you believe in, tied up with a nice little bow. It takes you on the journey of a high school senior girl who’s dad mysteriously disappeared. Her main lead: her father’s business partner, Howie Mendelsohn, who now happens to be a rich billionaire. The only way to meet him is to win a contest, but her quest soon becomes more than just meeting some ‘friend’ of her father’s. This book is gripping and fast-paced, just when you think the action is declining, it revs right back up. However, due to this non-stop pace, the author, Arvin Ahmadi, is occasionally unclear or confusing, not quite ever saying what happened, expecting you to know using only vague wording and inferences. One instance of this is the they mention St. Barts, which will be unknown of to a vast majority of readers. In addition, he does use many mature themes and words, so while teens will love this roller coaster of a book, small children should not be exposed to much of the content. For instance, numerous uses of the f-word, racial and sexual discrimination, and sexual relationships. Unfortunately, the only way to keep up interest of a reader is too include strenuous and stressful sections, which teenagers already face enough of however, there is nothing too bad, just if you or your child can easily get stressed, keep that in mind. One thing that the author did very well on, however, was dropping subtle hints and word changes that almost mean the same thing, but the slight variation in wording can – and did – change reader’s view. This is very helpful, and a major difference between good writing and great writing. One example of this is a political party, the Luddites, that the main character, Opal, strongly dislikes. Luddite does not sound like a name of something good. It sounds like the name of something that is an absolute pain in the neck. These subtle little hints really enhance the overall work, and make it much better. The setting is very futuristic, (Including a detailed VR network, the 2050 version of Youtube, and so much more) like a better version of the same world as Ready Player One. And by better, i simply mean where in that book, where one would find bleakness, in Girl gone Viral, one will find opportunity. This means that the readers will connect much better to a story not about the past or present, but one thing they can control: the future. This book will inspire a new generation of dreamers and creators. It also connects to readers in the way of basic teenage problems, like relationships, arguments with parents, loss, parents that expect too  much, and even things like drinking problems and suicide attempts. However they present this in the best way I think possible, and will probably even help a lot of people through a very hard time. But if you take anything out of this, it should be that Girl Gone Viral weaves a tale of friendship, fellowship, and finding your place in this world.