Book Review: Enter Title Here | Stanford Dreams At All Costs

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Rating:★★★★☆

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Reshma Kapoor is an unlikeable character, she’s rude, has no understanding of things generally unacceptable to say to people’s faces, no social skills whatsoever, no filter and is severely judgmental of her peers. But I was rooting for her the entire time. I stayed up until 1am to finish this book until her actions seemed over the top and I thought my brain was playing tricks on me and I went to bed.

Reshma, Indian-American, has been working twice as hard her whole life with one thing in sight: Stanford. When she gets a publishing offer, she jumps a it besides the fact that she doesn’t have a novel nor likes writing but it doesn’t matter. She’s Reshma Kapoor, she can do anything. She sets out a to-do list of things she needs to do to get the experience of a regular girl so her character can appeal to Young Adult audiences.

This is a story about a story within a story. I think it’s called meta-fiction. The story is told in a diary-like format with snippets of Reshma as she struggles with her quest to become an All-American Girl.

Things Reshma will do to secure her spot at Stanford and remain valedictorian:

  • Sue the school
  • Lie about a book she hasn’t written
  • Blackmail her Adderal dealer into being her friend
  • Date a guy she doesn’t like for the experience
  • Threaten teachers
  • Subtly plagiarise
  • Sue the school again
  • Go on a tv show and spit on her English teacher
  • Sue the school once more

Regardless of all her crazy, I desperately wanted her to win because she was right. They make up all these rules for everyone but when you start winning they change the rules. Reshma’s school wanted to change how the rank was calculated so they’d put a white girl on top. She fought it and won and they hated her for it. Reshma is the anti-hero we all deserve.

Reshma’s Song: Liability by Lorde

They say, “You’re a little much for me
You’re a liability
You’re a little much for me”
So they pull back, make other plans
I understand, I’m a liability

Have you read this book? What did you think of Reshma? 

Breathe,

Sakhile

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