Author: R.F. Kuang
This is my 2nd book for the year
This is the story of June Hayward. She is a floundering writer who wishes she could be more like her Yale classmate Athena Liu. She and Athena have been writers since they graduated, but Athena has risen to fame. When Athena dies in a freak accident, June sees this as her possible chance to become a better writer. She steals Athena's latest book she was working on and crafts it to be her own. Finally she will become famous.
However - eventually things start to unravel for June and she finds it harder and harder to keep up the lie. The internet is on to her, and no matter how much she publically states this was her own book, she is finding more and more doubters out there. June needs to decide how far she will go to get what she feels she deserves.
So - this book had major mixed reviews and I see why. The main character is horrible. I think the writer wanted her to be horrible, to make sure the reader disliked her, but I felt she went too far. The book really rambled. Her behavior gets old quickly. June's obsession with social media was exhausting. I should have stopped reading it, but I was hoping that it would redeem itself.
I have another Kuang book on my list for this year, but I may rethink it.