To be published by Disney/Freeform on April 11, 2017
Source: eARC for review
Plot Summary for The Takedown by Corrie Want
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.
Review of the Takedown by Corrie WangI expected The Takedown to be a glossy and superficial, like a Pretty Little Liars set in the future. I was partly right - this is a fast paced, provocative story of mean girls and revenge peppered with futuristic SMS slang.
Kyla's not a "nice" girl. She doesn't apologize for being pretty unlikable. She's a Queen Bee who rules her foursome of friends with an iron fist and a sharp tongue.
Kyla may be guilty of social crimes, but she's not the person in the video. Somehow it's been faked, presumably by someone who hates her, and she admits there's a list. One interesting thing this book pulls off is making Kyla completely unsympathetic until the video drops.
A few weeks ago, I read another book that dealt with issues of female friendship, female sexuality and revenge. I thought that book alternated between recycling stale notions of women and sex, and repeating stale platitudes.
Unlike that book, The Takedown takes lots of commonly-held ideas about women and sex and friendship, then turns them around and around so that the reader can examine them from a multitude of different angles.
I cringed sometimes at Kyla's interactions with others, but really enjoyed watching her pursue her tormentor with ruthless determination. As she fights to find the person who faked and posted the video, she learns a lot about how others view her and has to come to terms with her own strengths and weaknesses as a person.
Really enjoyed this and look forward to what Corrie Wang writes next!