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Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup

John Carreyrou’s latest nonfiction book, released by Alfred A. Knopf almost automatically became a New York Time bestseller, and I longlisted by the McKinsey Book of the Year and Financial Times Award. According to the New York Times, the book reads like All the President’s Men, only a West Coast version of it.

Told by the award-winning journalist, Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in Silicon Valley offers the full story of the rise and breath-taking scandalous collapse of a Multibillion-dollar biotech start-up. It is seen through the eyes of the journalist who first uncovered the truth and then despite threats by lawyers and pressure from the CEO pursued the story until the shocking end.

The Full Inside Story of the Rise and Fall of Theranos

Elizabeth Holmes, CEO and founder of Theranos, was thought to be following in the footsteps of Steve Jobs. It was 2014, and the talented Stanford University dropout had the medical industry in turmoil with her machine that promised to revolutionise the industry, make blood testing significant easier and faster. The project back by big investors such as Larry Ellison and Tim Draper enabled Theranos to use a fundraising round to sell shares worth $9 billion. This puts Holmes net worth at $4.7 billion (estimated).

While it all sounds wonderfully well, there was one major problem, and that was that the technology never worked. John Carreyrou tells it all. Bad Blood is about the fascinating story of about corporate fraud in Silicon Valley.

The book Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in Silicon Valley Startup is now a movie starring Jennifer Lawrence

Elisabeth Holmes, founder of Theranos, was only in her early 20s when she promised that her new technology could do all blood test via only a few drops. It was exciting for the medical industry who never expected that it was a typical scandal, one in which nothing goes as planned. Theranos management had to lie to keep their overpromising and underdelivering a secret. Theranos threatened staff as it was the only way to cover up so many shortcomings.

It did not take long before management expected something was to come from the WSJ. Still, Homes managed to get another investment from Rupert Murdoch, once she got the private investment worth $150 million she did everything she could to talk him into ending the WSJ story, at the time he owned WSJ.

Theranos Never Worked

Despite the claims, lies and promises, Theranos never worked, the blood tests used to sell the idea came from standard equipment, it was the results of what they tried at Walgreen and then later claimed was the result from their machines. Theranos finger-tip blood testing was a scam that cost investors millions. A world changing idea so many wanted to believe in, yet it was an idea of a manipulative and charismatic twenty-year college drop-out that costs the famous millions.

The Pisces by Melissa Broder

As summer is steadily approaching many of you are probably planning your perfect holiday getaway – whether it be by poolside or by a vast beach. Either way, it goes without saying that every bookworm is going to need their personal collection of summer books to keep their minds fully occupied and their imagination active, and this is why Melissa Broder’s “The Pisces” would be the perfect page truing novel for you. It follows the story of Lucy who at one of her group therapy sessions get asked the deep question if you are truly looking for love. Though “The Pisces” is more than its interesting cover, the novel itself is written in a marvellous tone and shows all the different forms of sexual relationships and the effects they have on the main character, Lucy.

The Pieces Book Review


The novel starts off with Lucy breaking up with her long-term boyfriend, which has an obvious and noticeable effect on her. At first, she is bored and tired of being with him and his routines, however, as soon as they break up, Lucy begins to crave her ex like an addict craves a fix. After a while, Lucy’s sister unknowingly helps her by offering Lucy the opportunity to dog-sit at her luxurious Venice home while her sister and husband leave for the summer.

The majority of the novel is focused around Lucy’s time in California. Thanks to Broder’s keen eye for the uniqueness of Los Angeles and the wide array of people you can encounter as it gives the reader a closer experience of Lucy’s own thoughts, actions, and feelings. After some time has passed after a series of uninspiring dates and scathing thoughts about the women that go to group therapy with her, Lucy finally meets someone that stands out. A sweet surfer named Theo. Though there is one thing about Theo that makes their blossoming love affair more complex, and that is he is part fish.

Once Lucy falls into the pit of love or addiction, the reader a given a glimpse into her world as it goes through a process of crumbling before repairing itself slowly. Though at times, the internal battle that Lucy has can be extremely cringeworthy and cause second-hand embarrassment, it is still charming as there is probably someone you know that acts in a similar way.

Broder’s tone throughout the novel is humorous and lighthearted, despite the situation Lucy is going through. The novel follows a theme that will allow the reader to imagine what Lucy must be thinking and going through in a deeper sense than reading it on the page. Though one interesting feature of the novel is that sometimes the author will focus so much on Lucy’s interpersonal thoughts that the focus is taken away from the background and the world and once it comes back, it feels as if so much has changed in such a short amount of time.

Although most of the novel is centred around Lucy’s string of love affairs and confusion, Broder users her connections to poetry and nonfiction to help deepen the reality of the novel, which in turn helps the reader have a more personal connection to what’s going on.

Silently Falling Book Review

In a story that is filled with emotions, of sadness and happiness, EverlarkCatoniss, a wattpad writer narrates the love story of Raine Winter and West Love. Raine is a victim of high school party terror. While in the ninth grade, she attended a party which turned out to be the worst nightmare of her life. Her brother’s best friend, Warren, who also happened to be Raine’s friend raped her! The incidence shocked her to an extent of rendering her mute. Will she ever get back her voice?

 

West Love is the town delinquent, famous for all the wrong reasons and his good looks. As a teenager, he is involved in a life-changing event that sends him to juvie. After West comes back to school, a love story between the two starts.

 

After the traumatizing event, Raine had to take sign language classes to enable her to communicate. Her brother, Toby, and best friends learn the language with her to make it easy for her. Other people around her understand her by reading her lips, which is rather tiring for Raine. When news came that the town delinquent will be joining her school, Raine has all wild thoughts about how he is like. Less did she know West will show interest in her.

 

When he finally reports to school, his interest in Raine is more than just to annoy her for being mute. He knows he has to find ways to make her fall for him and that includes flirtations and constant smirks. But how far is he willing to go to ensure he gets the girl? And once he does, how will Toby, who is very protective of her sister react?

 

As the relationship between Raine and West starts to grow, West is quick to make it clear that he is interested in more than just friendship. They spend a lot of time together but never for once has she ever asked him why he went to juvie. Raine is surprised to know that West is not as a bad person as everyone likes to think and deep down he is caring and very protective of his family. However, there is one question that rings on her mind, why was West sent to juvie? Will Raine get the courage to ask West and what will happen after she learns the truth?

 

Everlark portrays Raine as strong, brave, and every boy’s dream. West, on the other hand, despite the bad reputation is nice, kind, and loving. We can see many instances where he has protected Raine from Warren and is always there for her.

 

Although the book is amazing, it is a little biased. The first half of the book is full of slut-shaming to any girl who is not Raine’s friend. Toby and his friends are also known to sleep with almost all girls, whom they easily get due to their “hot” looks. However, the author only refers them as “players” while the girls they sleep with are sluts. However, the book has a very happy ending and it is hard not to fall in love with West!

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