Title: Enter Title Here (2016)
Author: Rahul Kanakia
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
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.)
Read an excerpt…
I’ll begin my novel by saying that I was lying when I told you I had a “secret project.”
The truth is that until yesterday I’d never in my life thought about writing a book. But when I got your message I felt compelled to reply immediately and say something that would keep you interested, because I knew your email represented a can’t miss opportunity.
To put it simply: you are the hook that will get me into Stanford.
All successful people have a hook. In fact, you’ve probably been using one for years, although you might not think about it in those terms. Your hook is your tag line: the one accomplishment that sums up everything about you. People use their hooks to get the right college, job, internship, award… you name it. An interesting hook is what makes that one special application rise up out of a stack of thousands of near-identical ones.