When this book was offered for review, I was geeked! I’d just finished reading a book about two gay male gamers, so I wanted to keep the momentum going. A Latina video game engineer? Oh heck yeah! I also thought the cover was adorable, so I was in it to win it.
The book opens with introvert Tessa Rodriguez, Skyping with her best friend Ani, a biologist. HOLD THE PHONE. First, major props to Ms. Yardley. I’m not even past the first page of the book, and I already know that the heroine is Latina and a video game engineer and her best friend who is Asian, studies molecular cell biology and has not one but TWO PhDs. Can you say badass? Major, major, major applause to Ms. Yardley for creating intelligent and gainfully employed women of color.
Ani is desperately trying to get Tessa out into the world and laid. She wonders if something is going on between Tessa and her hot roommate Adam. Tessa swears nothing is going on, and they’re just really good friends who happen to work together. Tessa is very adamant about not looking for anything from anyone because she wants to focus all of her energy on moving up in her company. There’s an opening and Tessa asks Adam if he’s willing to put in a good word for her, but Adam is pretty clear that Tessa won’t get the job because she doesn’t go out of her way to get to know her co-workers. Tessa realizes Adam is right and tries to get to know the team (an all-male team btw which is usually the case) of video game engineers.
Tessa figures out a way to build rapport with the team, but it also requires Adam’s help to set her plan into motion.
I enjoyed so many things about this story:
-The diverse cast of characters. It was like winning the diversity character lottery!
-The realism when it came to the heroine. We all know someone like Tessa. Brilliant, shy, intensely motivated to prove she’s just as good as the guys.
-The insight into a male dominated field.
-The pop culture and nerdom info that made guest appearances throughout the story.
Loved every single bit of it.
What caused me to give to give this story only 3-stars? In certain parts, I found some of the dialogue to be a bit odd. Also, I wanted to shake the heck out of Tessa. Her repeated uncertainly when it came to Adam was ridiculous! She made moves but would feel ashamed afterwards. Add Adam’s hesitancy because he wasn’t sure if Tessa really wanted things to go further and you have a frustrating headache. ARGH! These two drove me CRAZY at times.
Overall, this was a quick read full of pop culture goodness that’s sure to melt your heart. It was my first time reading Ms. Yardley’s work but it certainly won’t be my last.