Once people meet me, they start to hate me. That’s because when I speak, I find it hard to create a pretty version.
I once read a review where the reviewer described their thoughts on the main character as something along the lines of, "Ah, just as in real life, we do not like everyone we meet." That is THE TRUTH when it comes to Reshma, MC of Enter Title Here. OH MAN, even the synopsis of this book makes me want to strangle her.
“I know. You need to win. It’s not good or bad. It’s your nature. I understand wanting to be better than other people.”
But that's the point.
Reshma is prepared to do a.n.y.t.h.i.n.g. to get into Stanford and stops at nothing. She cheats. She conspires. She treats every person around her like dirt. She's entitled and nasty and frequently made me scrunch up my face while reading. Somehow they don't desert her but along the way, she falls as far as she's tried to climb. You keep thinking she's going to hit rock bottom and then she does something even more terrible.
So now the world considers me a plagiarist and a slanderer. Apparently, I’m the poster child for a spoiled and entitled generation.
What's interesting about Reshma is she never gives up. Her narcissism knows no end. It's kind of admirable, if you're into sociopaths. I frequently wondered what she would be like without the safety net of people she has around her. Honestly, she'd probably just figure out some other way to step on the little people on her way to the top.
I am the hero of this novel. Well, antihero.
I also appreciate that she never tries to be anyone except who she is. Even as she goes through her transformative period, she's still the person who will do anything to get where she wants to go. It would be easy for her to have these experiences and turn into a good human so that maybe you'll like her. But that wouldn't be very Reshma, would it?
by Rahul Kanakia
Published: August 2nd 2016
I’m your protagonist—Reshma Kapoor—and if you have the free time to read this book, then you’re probably nothing like me.
Reshma is a college counselor’s dream. She’s the top-ranked senior at her ultra-competitive Silicon Valley high school, with a spotless academic record and a long roster of extracurriculars. But there are plenty of perfect students in the country, and if Reshma wants to get into Stanford, and into med school after that, she needs the hook to beat them all.
What's a habitual over-achiever to do? Land herself a literary agent, of course. Which is exactly what Reshma does after agent Linda Montrose spots an article she wrote for Huffington Post. Linda wants to represent Reshma, and, with her new agent's help scoring a book deal, Reshma knows she’ll finally have the key to Stanford.
But she’s convinced no one would want to read a novel about a study machine like her. To make herself a more relatable protagonist, she must start doing all the regular American girl stuff she normally ignores. For starters, she has to make a friend, then get a boyfriend. And she's already planned the perfect ending: after struggling for three hundred pages with her own perfectionism, Reshma will learn that meaningful relationships can be more important than success—a character arc librarians and critics alike will enjoy.
Of course, even with a mastermind like Reshma in charge, things can’t always go as planned. And when the valedictorian spot begins to slip from her grasp, she’ll have to decide just how far she’ll go for that satisfying ending. (Note: It’s pretty far.)