31 July 2016

Review: Enter Title Here

Enter Title Here Enter Title Here by Rahul Kanakia
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Enter Title Here is, in some ways, the Very Bad Things for the modern competitive teen set. Right out the gate, we know that our protagonist, Reshma, is going to manipulate her way to whatever it is she wants, whether it be a book deal or valedictorian or the college of her dreams, and we get to follow her machinations along the way.

This works in some sense because it's a real page turner in how it handles the situation and where things end up next. But it's so ridiculous and unrealistic and over the top that the fun in it is almost gone partways through, which means we instead have to slog our way to an ending that is both predictable and frustrating.

I like seeing YA books with terrible people being written and presented, and I hope we see more of them. As for this one, though, it's just not quite hitting the mark enough to be a true recommendation. A solid effort, and I'll be looking for more from this author, but this didn't do what I hoped.

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