If you only read one YA book this year, make it this one. I know, it’s only June (July?), and I will read and review over 20 more books by year’s end, but this one has the stuff, my friends.
You can order Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia on Amazon right now and it will be magically whisked to your Kindle on August 2. And you want to do that. I promise.
It’s a fascinating read just because it is written like an original manuscript. Not the prettied-up version you find in a published book, but the version written by a teenage overachiever who lands an agent before she even considers writing a novel. It’s written more like her first or second draft. Honest. Raw. Exposed.
If you only read one YA book this year, make it this one.
That is cool enough, but the story line is Amazing. A. maz. ing. See, Reshma is a high school senior and valedictorian at her posh high school, and all she wants out of life is to get into Stanford. And she believes wholeheartedly she will do Whatever It Takes to get in. But she needs a hook. So when she writes an article for Huffington Post and gains an agent who wants her to write a novel, she knows she has her hook. Published Teen Writer and valedictorian? Yeah, that’s the hook.
Because her SAT scores? Well, they were pretty average. All three times. How does a girl who works harder than anyone else, is top in her class, and has an agent get average SAT scores?
What Reshma reveals about herself throughout her story will make you question the entire system. And yourself. Because you will not understand how you could possibly feel sympathy for her. But you will, indeed, sympathize.
This book touches so many things, not the least of which being how a person Should Not behave in order to reach the top. And how family dynamics play into our lives on a daily basis. But it also touches on prejudice, and how even those who think of themselves as being open-minded can carry a seed they don’t even recognize. I think, though that was a subplot, it was my favorite part. We should always question ourselves and those around us, ensure that we are not letting those seeds take root.
I loved that seeing the story through the filter of Reshma’s mind meant that I couldn’t quite trust everything I was reading. Even when I thought I felt one way about a plot, I found myself questioning how true that plot was and how it might have played out in another character’s reality. Reshma is a bitch; there is no doubt of that. But she’s a kind of lovable bitch, even when you aren’t sure what’s really going on.
Yeah. Read this book. Question Everything.