by Corrie Wang
My rating: 4 stars
Publisher: Disney Hyperion (April 11, 2017)
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Genre: YA Mystery
Print Length: 384 pages
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?
The Takedown by Corrie Wang
What happens when you step on one too many sets of toes? One of the IT girls at school, the brilliant and beautiful Kyla has it all and she knows it. Set many years into the future, Corrie Wang’s THE TAKEDOWN proves that high school won’t change too much through the years. Electronic gadgets are far superior, and no life is complete without a plethora was ways to communicate without actually dealing with too much face to face human contact. People talk in “computereeze.” Text short-cuts have become part of the language, but cliques never seem to change. Teen friendships are still used for political gain and true friends can be dropped on a whim.
Kyla doesn’t care if you like her or not, she says so, but what she discovers when someone starts a smear campaign against her is that people really DO need people and true friends are hard to come by. When push comes to shove, it takes a stranger to break into the social sites and give her the hater’s name. But was it a hate crime? Was the hater alone or has someone seen an opportunity to knock Kyla down a peg? Kyla is determined to find the last piece of the puzzle that has ruined her life, as she discovers that when one door slams in your face, another is just waiting to be opened.
I honestly can’t say I like all that Kyla did or said. She has a habit of treating those closest to her like disposable commodities. She was determined and strong-willed, I must say that for her!
Lots of futuristic angst, self-centered emotions and the “talk” of the times did kind of drive me crazy, making me wonder if this is the way we are headed! Corrie Wang did an excellent job being consistent with her characters, love ‘em or not, they never fell out of character! This book is going to be a hit for sure, it just wasn’t a total hit for me.
I received an ARC edition from Disney Group on exchange for my honest and voluntary review.