Kyla Cheng is NOT a likeable character, and she is just fine with that. She knows that people are sure to be jealous of her for many reasons, including but not limited to her valedictorian rank, popularity, and beauty. What she didn’t expect, nonetheless, was for someone to hate her so much that they went above and beyond to ruin her life. How did they ruin her life? First of all, they found a way to edit a video to make it look like Kyla had been caught having sex with her young/hot English teacher — which most people wouldn’t believe because they didn’t think there was good enough technology to make such a seamless video even though Kyla swore it wasn’t real. As if that was not enough, they also managed to hack their way into her college applications to submit them early… and with completely horrifying answers to the personal essay questions! All of this, of course, is multiplied by the fact the viral video is connected to her social media profile, which is also linked to those of her family members. She is determined to figure out who made the video so that she can get it removed from the internet, but will she be able to befriend her hater and/or track her [she is *sure* it is a her] down in order to delete the original file?
This is a great book for opening a conversation about the implications of living in the digital age and using social media, since it shows just how quickly a picture or video can go viral and how impossible it can be to get these things off the internet once they’re out there. I recommend this book to fans of MT Anderson’s Feed.