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2017-05-17 / Front Page

Kenmore native pens techy-thriller, ‘The Takedown’

by ANNA WALTERS
Editor


“The Takedown” is Corrie Wang’s debut novel. It was published in April by Disney’s Freeform imprint. “The Takedown” is Corrie Wang’s debut novel. It was published in April by Disney’s Freeform imprint. What if technology turned against you? In her debut young adult novel “The Takedown,” author Corrie Wang delves into the pervasive world of technology and how it can follow a person’s reputation.

“The Takedown” was published in April by Disney’s Freeform imprint.

Wang’s main character is a high school student named Kyla Cheng who lives in a near-future Brooklyn. In the book, a video of Cheng having sexual intercourse with her English teacher is uploaded to the internet and goes viral.

There’s something peculiar going on because the girl in the video is not really Cheng. Since she knows it’s not her, Cheng then attempts to do what is considered impossible: take something off the internet.

Wang says her character tries to convince people that the video isn’t real and tries to make it go away.


Kenmore native Corrie Wang will be at a book signing with guest Sara Shepard at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant St., Buffalo. Kenmore native Corrie Wang will be at a book signing with guest Sara Shepard at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at Rust Belt Books, 415 Grant St., Buffalo. She started writing the book about five years ago when social media was taking off and noticed how the platforms could be invasive. Wang was also inspired to write her character in a different light.

She said she was tired of seeing young girls assuming the role as a klutz in young adult fiction. In “The Takedown,” Cheng is a successful and active student and has close friends.

“I wanted to write a story about regular, everyday girls conquering something. I think it has a lot of strong messages in it along the lines of you can do anything you set your sights on.”

The main character also wants to get away from being associated with the video because it will always be attached to her name.

According to Wang, this is a very real thing that we are all facing now because information and even relationships linger on the internet through different social media sites.

She added that Cheng is a solid and good person, which can be said of her family, too.

“She has her wits about her and maintains them throughout the story. It’s a fun read and a page-turner, but there’s complicated issues.”

Wang, who grew up in Kenmore and graduated from Kenmore West High School, is looking forward to coming home and sharing her book with “everybody in Buffalo.”

A book signing with Wang and guest Sara Shepard, the author of the “Pretty Little Liars” series, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at Rust Belt Books, at 415 Grant St. The event is free, and there will be a discussion.

In addition to waking up to write, Wang and her husband own and operate an award-winning nontraditional Japanese food truck, Short Grain, in Charleston, South Carolina. The food truck was named a 2017 semifinalist for a James Beard Award.

Wang says she enjoys being a published author because it’s fun.

“After wanting to get to some place for a long time, it feels both strange and amazing.”

In terms of technology and devices, Wang noted that individuals should try to be careful.

“And just to remember to look up from it because that’s where life is happening.”

Wang is working on another novel with a futuristic contemporary voice along with a middle grade novel.

“I like to weave it in because it’s part of our natural life now,” Wang said of technology, adding that it’s something we can’t be afraid to write about.

“The Takedown” is available on Amazon at www.amazon.com and Barnes & Noble at www.bn.com.

For more information, visit www.corriewang.com.

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