October Reads

No Judgments by Meg Cabot

4/5 Stars

In Meg Cabot’s newest offering, Bree has come to live in a sleepy island town in Florida after a traumatic experience. A hurricane is starting to roll in and while most of the town is evacuating, she decides not to, much to the chagrin of her ex-boyfriend and famous mother. Hijinks ensue, love is fallen into, etc.

This is a classic Meg Cabot romcom, and I really enjoyed it. It’s fun and mostly light. Nothing in it is particularly ground-breaking, but I’m fine with that.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou

3.5/5 Stars

Investigative journalist John Carreyrou’s first novel follows the rise, scandal, and fall of tech wunderkind Theranos. John was one of the first people to break the story on Elizabeth Holmes’ company in 2015.

Elizabeth, a Stanford dropout had big dreams that would revolutionize the health industry as we know it. She had a lot of people in her corner and a number of big name investors who believed in her. The big problem? The technology didn’t work, and probably couldn’t work.

She was hellbent on her technology only using a couple drops of blood from a finger prick due to her fear of needles. After years and years of trials and errors, the technology wasn’t working. But investors and partners didn’t need to know that.

Theranos was an incredibly toxic work environment that featured weekly, if not daily firings and expectations to work long hours to prove commitment to the idea. Disgruntled former employees started reaching out to the FDA, government agencies, and others to try and blow the secrets of Theranos into the open.

John Carreyrou was contacted by a blogger who was in contact with one of these former employees to investigate.

This is an interesting book about one of the scams of the century. I just didn’t find most of it that compelling, and I thought I would. There was just a lot of technical language, which I understand is important, it was just hard to follow. I found myself re-reading blocks of text over and over again.

I’m glad I read this, I just don’t think I will ever pick it up again.

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