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I found this YA novel set in the near future by accident and enjoyed reading it immensely. It was a cautionary who-done-it where no one is murdered... as least not physically, but reputations are definitely left in tatters. Kyla Cheng is the IT girl, a Brooklyn fabulous Park Slope teen with everything going for her. A straight A senior in her preppy private high school, a happy loving family, a cute Latino boy for a love interest, and three fascinating best girl friends. When Kyla's reputation is shattered with a compromising video of her, that screams sex scandal with a teacher, her life becomes significantly more of a hot mess than it ever has been before.
It was fun reading about Kyla getting behind the mystery of who would use technology to ruin her life. It was also fun deciphering Ms. Wang's numerous and morphed representations of famous tech apps, programs, or gadgets although it did take me a while to understand and I thought the book might have benefited from an explanatory foreword about when it took place as well as the creative language and colloquialisms used. Still, for me at least, having recently lived with a teenage daughter the voice of the character couldn't have been clearer or more authentic.
There was a surprising amount of political angst in this book about feminism, privacy, and technology that also made it an intriguing book to read. But what made the book truly enjoyable was its take on the complications of relationships when you really know what's behind the curtain of the people who you may see and talk to every single day -- including yourself, when you look in the mirror. I highly recommend this as a great book for young people especially, but I'm very glad I got to read it too.
Wow what a great story by a first time author! I took this book on a business trip and started reading it on an airplane waiting to take-off, and I ALWAYS sleep on airplanes. I couldn't put it down!!! It kept me captivated and I couldn't wait to get back to the hotel each night to get a few more chapters in. Really impressed with the author's futuristic creativity. I hope she writes more, as I'm a fan and would recommend this book to anyone from teen on, since I'm in my 40s and loved it! (Granted I could relate a bit to the mom lol). I'll be passing it onto my teenager, she needs to read more! Great mystery, great plot, great book!
The Takedown was hard to put down. Ms. Wang’s first published novel (fortunately for those of us who love to read I understand there are more to come) held my interest, kept me in suspense, and the end brought me to tears it was so sensitive, wise and well written. Other reviewers ably describe why this book is a good read. I'll just add that I liked the way a reviewer I heard put it; something like if you think YA books are only for kids, don't fool yourself, there's much to enjoy and to learn for readers of all ages. I found myself wondering how this book would end. Suffice it to say that its plot held me in suspense to the end, while emotionally the very last part was so beautifully written, wise, and sensitive that when finished it was like I'd received a bonus, not only a satisfying plot ending, but an emotionally satisfying ending as well. And I agree with one reviewer that this would be a fine book to assign to one's class, there are so many life issues raised by The Takedown that would serve as gist for great discussions among teens, young adults, and folks of all ages.
Great YA novel set in the near-future/ Fast-paced story that might make you a little scared (and excited!) for the future. The author has some pretty unique ideas about the possible future of technology, as well as the ramifications of our ever-evolving tech world. Although a work of fiction, I could totally see much of this actually happening.
The plot itself is as old as time - jealousy, power struggles, mind games. The main character is right - you probably WON'T like her or her friends! But you will feel for her & what she's going through, and root for her to be vindicated.
I loved this book. Not only is it a tech thriller, and a whodunit, but Wang manages to address our universality and reminds us that language shouldn't divide us. Although it's meant for YA readers, I'd recommend that it be read by parents of teens as well. It would be a useful tool to opening a dialogue about cyber-bulling, the pitfalls and challenges of social media, and to serve as a reminder to remain fierce while facing adversity. Innovative and smart and current and a must read.
I finished this book in a matter of days because of how addicting it was. The story sucks you in and takes you for a page turner ride and leaves you wanting more when it's finished! I absolutely love this book and would recommend it to anyone looking to spice up their reading life--I wish I had a book 2, 3, 4 and so on from Corrie to take me through the next couple months (although I'd probably finish them within days of receiving because the writing is just THAT good!).
This was one of the most exciting reads I've had in years. Corrie Wang's expertly crafted whodunnit is an Aristotelian fall from grace, woven through the relatable milieu of high school. A complex protagonist of scathing wit, relentless ambition, moral courage and surprising vulnerability, Kyla Cheng is a heroine for the ages sure to inspire legions of fans. I can't recommend this book enough.
An intriguing and captivating page turner! The Takedown was an awesome read on so many fronts - impossible to put down, great character development (so real!), full of mystery and red herrings, believable and interesting tech of the near future, strong women characters with different feminist viewpoints, and a plot that is so different than your average "girl falls for boy" YA saga. Recommend 100%!!