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It would have been funny, if it just wasn’t.
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 and 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.
This was a really good book! It’s slightly set in the future, so all of the technology and terminology was really interesting, but it was also kind of disturbing to see how much more attached people were in this future to their technology, and how easily it could be used to control/manipulate them.
The mystery was what kept me reading, and I finished this really quickly. I really enjoyed the Pretty Little Liars series, and I totally got a slightly-futuristic Pretty Little Liars / Gossip Girl vibe from this: the gossip, scandal, intrigue, and the underlying mystery of who made the video. It took some time for me to get used to the slang everyone used, but this was a very un-putdownable book.