Book Review: Emmy in the Key of Code by Aimee Lucido

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Title: Emmy in the Key of Code

Author: Aimee Lucido

Genre: Realistic Middle Grade Fiction/Books in Verse

Number of Pages: 416

Rating: B

Recommended?: Yes


My brother is going to a prestigious technological college to learn coding, and since I don’t know the first thing about it this helped me understand his passion a little better. The protagonist of this book is a gifted but shy girl from a very musically talented family, but she’s never been as good at playing an instrument as her parents are. She and her parents move to California and Emmy doesn’t have any idea how to make friends or fit in at her new school.

She joins a coding class and under the tutelage of an awesome teacher, she begins to realize that she has an aptitude for it and that she can use the patterns in computer programs to make music. Emmy and her new friend Abigail try to ignore the antagonism of the mean kid in class and Emmy’s really starting to find her way when something happens that could risk her newfound happiness.

The verse in this book was unusual but I liked it’s energy and it’s use of a variety of different styles. I liked Emmy’s character and could relate to her social anxiety and general self-consciousness. Emmy in the Key of Code also portrays sexism towards girls and women and code and the fact that coding is still a very male-dominated industry, but it isn’t heavy-handed at all.

It moves at a brisk pace and all the characters have plausible motivations, including the bully who gives all the females in the class a hard time. Some of the coding stuff went over my head but this book is more about friendship and family relationships than it is about computers. I’m definitely looking forward to reading this author’s next book and I think as a debut writer she shows a lot of promise.

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