Kyla Cheng doesn’t expect you to like her. For the record, she doesn’t need you to. On track to be valedictorian, she’s president of her community club, a debate team champ, plus the yummy Mackenzie Rodriguez has firmly attached himself to her hip. She and her three high-powered best friends don’t just own their senior year at their exclusive Park Slope, Brooklyn high school, they practically define the hated species Popular. Kyla’s even managed to make it through high school completely unscathed.
Until someone takes issue with this arrangement.
A week before college applications are due, a video of Kyla “doing it” with her crush-worthy English teacher is uploaded to her school’s website. It instantly goes viral, but here’s the thing: it’s not Kyla in the video. With time running out, Kyla delves into a world of hackers, haters and creepy stalkers in an attempt to do the impossible-take something off the internet-all while dealing with the fallout from her own karmic footprint. Set in near-future Brooklyn, where privacy is a bygone luxury and every perfect profile masks damning secrets, The Takedown is a stylish, propulsive, and provocative whodunit, asking who would you rely on if your tech turned against you?
My Thoughts: What if tomorrow you woke up and your personal image was smeared? To make matters worse, it was not by your own doing. I don’t mean someone just spread a nasty rumor about you, but what if it was more…like video? In a society where we believe what we see, how would you be able to refute the evidence against you? You know it isn’t you on the video, but how do you prove it?
These questions are how Corrie Wang was able to captivate my attention (and keep it) within the opening chapters of her debut novel, The Takedown. This book was difficult to put down. It left me reading late into the night – craving information, and needing to know who had it in for our lovely protagonist, Kyla Cheng. Who would do such a thing to her?! As the story unfolded I found myself deeply enthralled by this wonderful, cautionary, coming-of-age tale every young woman in our social-media-centered-world should read.
Would I Recommend This Book?
Absolutely! Especially if you are a fan of the series Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard. I felt The Takedown was a bit reminiscent of the dynamics within the beloved PLL series. But, hey, even if you aren’t a fan of the Liars, this book is still worth checking out.
BTW – This book releases today, April 11, 2017!
About the Author:
Corrie Wang is passionate about libraries, road trips, and eating all the food, everywhere. Corrie grew up in Buffalo but spent her formative years in Brooklyn, where one of her last paying gigs was managing a three-story nightclub on the Lower East Side.
She currently lives in Charleston, where she and her husband Shuai Wang own and operate Short Grain food truck— named one of Bon Appetit magazine’s Top 50 Best New Restaurants 2016 and a 2017 semi-finalist for a James Beard Award. The Takedown is Corrie’s debut novel.
And fyi it’s pronounced Wong y’all.
Until next time!
P.S. Here goes the little disclaimer…
Thanks goes to Freeform and Netgalley for allowing me the opportunity to review this book prior to publication. All opinions expressed in this review are solely mine and I did not receive any payment.