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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.
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.