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?
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.
HOW PRIVATE IS YOUR PUBLIC PERSONA?
I am right in the middle of watching Thirteen Reasons Why on Netflix after reading the book ages ago. The story is about a girl who commits suicide after social media gets the better of her. I know, that is really simplifying a complex issue, but when you think about how much you share online, you can only imagine what data is hanging around about you. My niece left high school for a year because social media got the better of her. Mean girls tried to take her down constantly. She is no longer on social media because she doesn’t want to chance it. She did go back to school and graduated with honors and was voted Homecoming queen.
Can you imagine that someone is super good at photoshop and includes your image in a compromising position? I think that day is here and you have to be super careful about what your share and post. There are lots of things I would love to post but just don’t want to chance that. I think you have to expect anything you do online is public. and now with the government allowing the selling of your information to anyone with the cash, you might want to be extra careful. And remember, you have the power to control what people know about you, so take that extra second before your information becomes public. Start reading this post by the ACLU to help you understand what you can do.
End of mom lecture.
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