The Takedown

Corrie Wang. Freeform, $17.99 (384p) ISBN 978-1-4847-5742-0
Wang’s smart, technocentric debut—Gossip Girl meets M.T. Anderson’s Feed—addresses identity, public perception, and social media skewering. Senior Kyle Cheng and her beautiful, popular friends are as loathed as they are adored at their swanky Brooklyn prep school. Kyle’s grades are top notch, and she excels in her extracurricular activities, but she has enemies; after someone releases a video of her having sex with a teacher it immediately goes viral and upends Kyle’s existence, even as she insists it’s fake. Wang sets Kyle’s story in the near future, inventing all-too-believable tech that has rendered privacy obsolete; “unplugging” is a concept of the distant past. Kyle has a memorable narrative voice that’s catty, funny, and somewhat detestable (“You’re probably not gonna like me,” she warns readers as the book begins), and Kyle’s determination to unmask her tormentor will have readers riveted. As Kyle grows increasingly famous, judged globally as both slut and feminist hero, Wang takes on stereotypes of women and girls while creating a vision of the future that will chill readers for its prescience. Ages 14–up. Agent: Sarah Burnes, Gernert Company. (Apr.)
Reviewed on: 05/01/2017
Release date: 04/11/2017
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 384 pages - 978-1-4847-5840-3
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