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Startup: A Novel | Doree Shafrir
164 posts | 82 read | 2 reading | 108 to read
A hilarious debut novel by a BuzzFeed culture writer about the difficulties of real life connection in the heart of New York City's tech world. While Silicon Valley likes to think of itself as the epicenter of the tech universe, New York attracts its fair share of ambitious entrepreneurs determined to make their mark. Among them are Mack McAllister, the it-boy visionary of the moment trying to take his app to the next level; Isabel, a social media ninja working for him a bit too closely; and Katya, an ambitious Russian emigre journalist desperate for a scoop. When a scandal erupts in the lower Manhattan loft building where all three work, they quickly discover just how small a world the Big Apple's tech community can be. Doree Shafrir's debut is a sharp, hugely entertaining story of youth, ambition, love, money and technology's inability to hack human nature.
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LaurenReads
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Bailedbailed

I just couldn‘t get into this - quit at 47% when I realized I was skimming. Life‘s to short to read a book I just want to be over. The new GA Aiken book is in from the library so I‘m ready to move on!

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MissSarahLou
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It has been a rainy day, but I have a fresh stack of books from the library. What should I read first?

Rachel.Rencher I really liked Good as Gone, and I've had the Carrie Fisher one on my TBR for a while! 7mo
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KathyWheeler
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Mehso-so

I was not particularly in love with this book about the startup tech culture in New York City. I hated everyone until the end, and didn‘t much care what happened to them. That said, the story was interesting enough that I didn‘t bail. Also, I listened to the audiobook, and the narrator was great! A bit jarring at first because she‘s so fast-paced, but that made it perfect for the world of this book.

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OriginalCyn620
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Panpan

So this is the book that my dog tried to eat, and as far as I‘m concerned, he can finish the job. This is a book about sexual harassment set in the NYC tech scene and I was expecting something “juicier,” I guess. Also, I just didn‘t give a flip about any of the characters, and the ending was unsatisfying.
The author is co-host of 2 podcasts, so this is for #booked2019 #relatedtoapodcast

BarbaraTheBibliophage Good job on the prompt, although 😰 that the book was such a let down. 9mo
Cinfhen Ha!! I love that your dog actually tried to eat your “homework” 😂😂😂 I‘ve seen both highly rated reviews for this book and then some like your‘s. I wonder if it‘s a millennial thing?? Good for you for finishing!! 9mo
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OriginalCyn620
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This is what happens when you leave a book out in the open and within reach of an unsupervised paper-shredding obsessed dog! Luckily, he only destroyed the cover and front matter pages before he was caught. 😫 #wildcard #anewchapter

DivineDiana Was he remorseful at least? 9mo
wanderinglynn 😳😧😢 9mo
wanderinglynn But I love your mug! 👍🏻👍🏻 9mo
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vkois88 Oh no!!! I'm so sorry... 9mo
erzascarletbookgasm Oh no! Notty! 9mo
valeriegeary I had a dog eat pages from the middle/end of I book that I was reading!! I had to check out a copy from the library to finish it! 😫😂 9mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz Oh deaaaar!! 😭😭😭So sorry!! 9mo
Chrissyreadit Your mug fuc*ing rocks! 9mo
Tamra 😝 We had that happen with library books ..... of course they had to be library books! 9mo
julesG Guess you made your mug proud. 😁 9mo
Hestapleton I just heard Georgie from MFM talk about that book this morning—do you like it? 9mo
OriginalCyn620 @Hestapleton I haven‘t started it yet. I was going to a couple of days ago but 2 library holds came in so I had to start those instead. This one is next up though! 9mo
OriginalCyn620 @DivineDiana No, he looked rather proud of himself! But when I started to pick the shreds up from the floor, he put his ears back and down (his guilty ears) and gave me the puppy dog eyes. 9mo
OriginalCyn620 @valeriegeary If Max had to do this, I‘m glad it was my book and not a library book or one that I borrowed from a friend. 😬 9mo
OriginalCyn620 @julesG I really did! Those particular vocabulary words come in handy at times like this! 9mo
sk888888 Retrievers in my house have chewed two (yikes) library books, which of course I had to replace. I feel your pain. 9mo
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Librarybelle
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Okay...tad bit of a stretch, so bear with me. One of my first #BOTM books (and of course I haven‘t read it yet), this is a novel set in a startup company and examines the rise and fall of said company. When one of the founders is caught doing something bad, it‘s up to others working in the company to handle the fallout and keep the company going. This novel takes place in Manhattan. #TenthAvenueFallOut #WinterWonderland

Cinfhen Hahaha!!! Well done!!! But more importantly, how‘s your dad doing??? 10mo
Librarybelle @Cinfhen When I left him last night, he was in such good spirits. I haven‘t seen him that lively in quite some time. Granted, I‘m sure the pain medication helped, but when all of the badness went down in July, even pain killers didn‘t help. I‘m letting him rest a little bit this morning before I text him, but if all goes well, we hope to have him home on Friday. Thank you for asking! ❤️😘 10mo
Cinfhen That‘s wonderful news 💜🌻 10mo
TrishB Good luck 👍🏻 and great news about your dad 💕 10mo
Librarybelle Thank you, @TrishB ! 10mo
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essayareayaitch
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Panpan

Disappointing, as I had expected more from the book. Thought it would have been about how a young writer stumbled on her Watergate, and would bring down a tech bro. But it was really about a bunch of characters with low self esteem.

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kristincatastrophic
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Mehso-so

Finished, 33/50 this year
It was alright. I never got lost in it, never bonded with the characters, I guess I just didn't care. I did care enough that I wanted to know how it would end, it was such an easy read that even without feeling connected to it I still read it pretty fast, which is a good thing. I don't know, it felt like the author had a lot of important things to say about something very important but the characters just felt flat to me.

kristincatastrophic ... something very important (sexual harassment) but the characters all just felt flat to me. 1y
kristincatastrophic Someday I'm going to learn how to write a review in under 451 characters LOL 1y
Eggs Congratulations 33/50! Time to set a new goal? 1y
kristincatastrophic @Eggs Nah, I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch. I did think of really trying for 52 so it's a book a week but I didn't even finish the 1st until the end of February so I don't know. 1y
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kristincatastrophic
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Halfway through this now and I've come up with an alternate title
"Men Suck: A Novel"
I made this joke at work today and my boss just said "I don't think you needed to learn that from a book." ?
Sorry, not sorry.

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kristincatastrophic
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Started my next book and dang, another book that's going to have me smoking like a chimney. I'm very easily influenced, if someone says "smoke" or "cigarette" I suddenly and desperately need a cigarette ?I know it's not funny but what else can I do but admit and laugh at my faults.

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Amor4Libros
Startup: A Novel | Doree Shafrir
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Started digging through my Kindle looking for a new read and found this. I‘ve been meaning to read this for a while, but I have so many books that things get lost in the shuffle sometimes (I know, too many books, so horrible! 😂😂)Has anyone read it?

BookMaven407 🙋🏻I enjoyed it. 2y
Amor4Libros @BookMaven407 Glad to hear! I am already enjoying the pace of the book. 🙂 2y
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ladyonequestion
Startup: A Novel | Doree Shafrir
Pickpick

A satircal look at the lives of a group of characters living in New York in the tech bubble. The apps in the story were suitably absurd. You wouldn't want to be friends with any of the characters but they were a well-rounded, diverse cast. The author makes some good points about the culture of casual sexual harassment and there were some genuinely funny moments.

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ladyonequestion
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thereadingowlvina We're already connected in GR! Yay! 🙋 2y
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ladyonequestion
Startup: A Novel | Doree Shafrir
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#libraryhaul

I need to read it or release it back to the library!

lucylovestoread I'm listening to one of her podcasts and really enjoying it. Have been wondering if I should pick this up! 2y
ladyonequestion @lucyinedinburgh Enjoying it so far, I'll have to look out for the podcast 2y
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ladyonequestion
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1. Print or ebooks. I have only just joined the audiobook party - I've listened to 3 audiobooks so far.
2. On the sofa.
3. I mostly drink coffee or wine when I'm reading, although I do like tea sometimes too. Chocolate for a snack!
4. Multiple books. I like to dip in and out like a bee tasting flowers!
5. Anytime, but there is something lovely about reading late at night with no distractions.

@thereadingowlvina #readingfavourites

thereadingowlvina 🍫 + ☕ always a good idea 😁 2y
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ladyonequestion
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#teaandbooks

Hopefully going to have a read after dinner

Dpotter The tea looks absolutely delightful! 🙂☕️ (edited) 2y
vkois88 Almost too pretty to drink! 2y
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bookitaabuku
Startup: A Novel | Doree Shafrir

Geographic nostalgia for somewhere you had only faint memories of was such a mind-fuck.

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bookitaabuku
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It's like they can't imagine a world where people have actual emotions or feel sad or angry or frustrated; everything has to be fixed immediately...

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bookitaabuku
Startup: A Novel | Doree Shafrir

She also felt like there was something slightly more insidious going on, about how you were now supposed to feel like your work was your everything: where you got your paycheck, yes, but also where you got fed and where you found your social circle.

Everything had started bleeding into everything else.

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bookitaabuku
Startup: A Novel | Doree Shafrir

Somewhere along the way, she'd lost her ambition. Somewhere along the way, it had just seemed easier to fade into the background, to become unmemorable.

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bookitaabuku
Startup: A Novel | Doree Shafrir

When she got to the F train, she put her headphones on - she wasn't actually listening to anything, but this ensured that no one would talk to her - and closed her eyes. Even though she was surrounded by people, her commute was the only time when she felt blissfully alone.

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lyssamez
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Pickpick

This was a quick, witty, and humorous read. I wish it had a little more depth, but overall I really enjoyed it.

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karenna
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Pickpick

This is the novel complement for the #MeToo movement and a great book to read over your holiday travels because, although dealing with a serious topic, it offers fast-paced narration and stinging cultural critiques.

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LisaW
Startup: A Novel | Doree Shafrir

If you like books about the tech industry, or about millennials in NYC, this is definitely an entertaining read!

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Camille2
Startup: A Novel | Doree Shafrir
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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emilyhaldi
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This book is certainly relevant for a lot of #mygeneration - including myself and my husband. It was fun to read a satirical account of the world that I have recently found myself a part of. An entertaining read!
#rocktober

BarbaraBB Great choice! Recognizable! 2y
Cinfhen Excellent choice and very fitting for so many 👍🏻 2y
ApoptyGina69 I liked it a lot! I‘m going to get a couple copies for Christmas gifts to give. 2y
Reviewsbylola Definitely one of my favorite books this year. 2y
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ShelbyA7
Startup: A Novel | Doree Shafrir
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Pickpick

Book #8 I picked this book because I wanted to learn more about startup culture (despite this being fiction). The book felt very timely in regards to how we define and dismiss sexual harassment in our lives and in the workplace.

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QuietMornings
Startup: A Novel | Doree Shafrir
Panpan

After reading the blurb about Startup, I expected a light read with a fun gossipy story about a young work environment... but it lost the fun and got too serious by the end.

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Well-ReadNeck
Startup: A Novel | Doree Shafrir
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#LibraryHaul

Picked up a few things at the library today. Trying not to go overboard on library books since the Decatur Book Festival is this weekend and I know it will topple my TBR pile!! #DBF2017

Graciouswarriorprincess Have fun. I want to attend one year. I am heading to D.C. for the National Book Festival this weekend. 2y
Kappadeemom Well I live about 4 hours away and have never been to a festival. Do they give away books or do people sell them? Do you get to see books that haven't been published yet? 2y
Well-ReadNeck @Kappadeemom The Festival is free to attend. The books are sold by local indie bookstores. Most of the authors have 2017 released books. There are always some that release at the festival itself. And, there are bookseller vendors that sell books at discount (3 for $10, etc) (edited) 2y
Kappadeemom @Well-ReadNeck thank you!! ❤️ 2y
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TelevisionNeighbor
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Pickpick

I thought this was a fun, quick read.

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ReadThisBookYall
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Pickpick

I didn't realize how much I would love this book. SO timely just coming off the Google Memo about women in tech. I started it to familiarize myself with tech terminology before a round of job interviews, stayed for the fully realized characters, male and female: sympathetic villains and flawed protagonists. Highly recommend! 5 Peaches 🍑🍑🍑🍑🍑

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AnnieReads
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Mehso-so

Meh.

Reviewsbylola I loved this one so much but I definitely can see how it wouldn't be love for everyone. 2y
AnnieReads @Reviewsbylola It was quirky, I'll give it that. I can see why it appeals to others. 2y
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Pamwurtzler
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Pickpick

This was a fun, quick read about startup company culture in NYC. Based on what you read about Google & Uber lately, it rang pretty true with me!

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imabusybee
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Mom I am totally bored.

MrBook Just like #Coale! 😻😻😻😻😻😻😻 2y
Sassy_Steph What do you expect? The poor sweeties can't read like we can!! 2y
imabusybee @Sassy_Steph So true, Monster is so over it!! Maybe I should get him an audio? 😂😂 2y
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Mariposa_Bookworm That sweet little face! 😻😻😻😻❤️ 2y
Sassy_Steph Audio? Great idea!! 2y
DebinHawaii 🐱❤️ 2y
CoverToCoverGirl Adorable 🐾 2y
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imabusybee
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Listening pleasure.

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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Thank you Little Brown for these ARCs. I love getting surprise #bookmail!💕📚

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essayareayaitch
Startup: A Novel | Doree Shafrir
Panpan

Maybe I had high expectations for the book, however, I thought it took too long to reach the climax. Then the book tried to quickly wrap up from there. I know that I shouldn't be expecting all the plot lines tied up with a bow, but I really expected more of there was a scandal, and here's the fall out from the scandal.

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svenezia
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As much as I expected the ending, I loved how triumphant and topical it was. The all of a sudden way that these women realized their own strength and power was very satisfying.

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lean_rosey
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Welcome to the future. 🙆‍♀️🎣💾🆒️

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LittlePixels
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My #currentread next to my very first ereader. It feels like a brick, had a whopping 4mb (!) of memory, and had a monochrome screen that gave me headaches. And I loved it. 😊 I blasted through 75% of this book yesterday. It's a quick, super fun read, especially if you're at all interested in the tech scene. 👍

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MPL
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Pickpick

An MPL staff pick! John "wishes it was 100 pages longer". We also love the reference to Montclair ??.

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BookBabe
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#BookNDinner! @MrBook brought home pizza & wings to help beat the Monday blues. 🍕 Yum! 😋

Peddler410 The cover has a middle grade feel to it -- am I being deceived? 🙂 2y
MrBook 😍😍😍 2y
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Viji
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A couple of chapters in, seems like this will be perfect summer reading!

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Purplerosiepage
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Mehso-so

Meh. Unlikeable characters and a plot that ultimately didn't add up to much. I only got through it after purchasing the audio book- the reader was awesome.

essayareayaitch As a completer, it too me 2.5 months to get through it (yes, many weeks where I didn't touch it). 2y
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whelanmaria
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Mehso-so

A fun, quick satire about the tech industry and startup culture in NYC. It was a bit fluffy and the character development was on the lighter side but I found myself engrossed several times during my reading. It's between so-so and pick for me. A good summer fun book to enjoy at the beach!

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peaknit
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Good price for a recent #BOTM

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TheLibrarian
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This #ebookdeal was a #BOTM selection!

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BookBabe
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#BookNDinner! Breakfast-for-dinner edition! 🍳 For this steamy hot summery evening: perfectly over-easy eggs, crispy roast beef hash, peasant bread cheese toast, and a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee mercifully kept chilled in this awesome Thermos.
This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats! 😋

Jennick2004 Mmmmm 🍳 2y
Megabooks I hope you like start up more than I did! Meal looks great! 2y
Zelma Yum! I'm thinking of a breakfast supper as well. Possibly ham, eggs, and waffles. 2y
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TheKidUpstairs Yay, breakfast for dinner! We had good ol' bacon and eggs 😊 2y
BooksForEmpathy This was a fun read! 2y
MrBook 😍😍😍 2y
a_tad_bit_bookish I finished this book a few weeks ago. I was disappointed with the end. 2y
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svenezia
Startup: A Novel | Doree Shafrir

Excited to read this one! Hope it's as good as everyone says!!

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jessberk13
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For anyone who enjoyed this book... the author replied to my instagram comment!

ClairesReads Always the best feeling when this happens!! 2y
Reviewsbylola Loved this book. So cool! 2y
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