Çağlar is just another apathetic teenager in Turkey. He is, however very obsessed with his nine-year-old sister, Çiğdem. He has been working with her as she learns to impersonate dancing like Michael Jackson. When his initial attempts to broker her fame on national television do not succeed he decides to do what all fame-seeking teens do…put up a video on YouTube. He soon finds that since he is not the only teen seeking fame, even though it’s not for himself, he needs to record his sister’s performance in a way that grabs attention and YouTube views. Oh and his sister is just a wee bit precocious.
In The King of Taksim Square, Çağlar’s efforts are “helped” by an overbearing uncle, a weird friend, family drama, teen drama, and a little incident internationally known as the Taksim riots.
I thought that the teaser for the novel suggested that this was a light-hearted story about how a brother worked to try to make his sister famous for her dancing…and it kind of started down that path. The story got a lot darker and less light-hearted and lot weirder for me. Perhaps if I wasn’t expecting a light book and looking for a light book I might have enjoyed this, but I didn’t. I did struggle through to finish it though.