With a plot that will grip you from the first line and a cast of characters who aren’t what they appear to be, The Takedown is perfect for fans of Gossip Girl and Before I Fall.
I recommend pairing The Takedown with this Kelly’s Revenge Chardonnay, because in this story it may not be clear who the culprit is, but someone is obviously out for revenge. And just like revenge, this wine is a little bit sweet.
*All wine recommendations are strictly for those of legal drinking age only.*
About the Book
Title: THE TAKEDOWN
Author: Corrie Wang
Pub. Date: April 11, 2017
Formats: Hardcover, eBook
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?
I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I adore a good cast of flawed characters, and when this book opened with the main character telling me that I was not going to like her, I was insta-hooked! Whether or not the main character, Kyla Cheng, lives up to the promise, I will leave a mystery. But I will say that this cast is full of brilliantly-crafted characters, none of whom are what they appear to be on the surface.
This book is set in New York City in the nearish future, and Wang does such an amazing job of building out what that world might be like. The tech is incredible and believable, and not advanced that readers won’t be able to relate to it. The slang she’s created is also brilliant. It very much felt like a natural progression from the acronym-filled language we use today, and it really gave the text so much character.
At first, the main character and her friends do appear to be a very stereotypical mean-girl posse. However, the further you get into the book, the more complicated and interesting they become. Kyla’s family dynamic is also fascinating to read about, particularly her relationship with her mother.
The mystery that is ever-present in this plot is gripping. I suspected just about every character at various moments throughout the story of being the culprit behind Kyla’s tech-assisted takedown.
This story is gripping, fun, and even a little bit creepy. What an excellent debut for Wang! I can’t wait to see what she has in store for us next.
I LOVE this cover. The main image is created by individual images, which very much reflects the social media obsessed world of this story as well as the significant role that pictures and videos play in Kyla’s takedown. I can’t wait to get to my local indie to buy a hardcover copy!
Mackenzie (Mac) Rodriguez is, as indicated in the description, yummy! He is definitely a character that you’ll be swooning over from the very first chapter, and the dynamic between Kyla and Mac is AWESOME. I adored the romantic tension there.
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.
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3 winners will receive a finished copy of THE TAKEDOWN, US Only.
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This book just came out yesterday, but have you had a chance to read it yet? Will you be adding it to your TBR list? What YA novel have you read that had the best futuristic tech?