Thursday, October 28, 2010

Review: The Ivy - Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur

WherI got it: Finished copy from publisher via author inquiry
Rating: 4 stars 
Cover Rating: 4 stars (Shiny and very fitting.)
Genre: Young Adult  
Publication Date: August 31, 2010

Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Page Count: 312 p.

Callie Andrews got into Harvard because of her brain. Not her money, not her fame and definitely not for her fashion. This makes her feel a little out of place with her roommates are first. She has Mimi who is from France and Vanessa who is from NYC, though Callie feels left out, their super conservative fourth roommate has to feel super out of place with her crazy mates. As if classes weren't hard enough, Callie also have to navigate the social battlefield that is her life. With an ex who recently dumped her(via e-mail=lame) and some hottie across-the-hall-neighbors Callie has quite the playing field. Whose toes will she have to step on to get what she wants and does she even know what she wants? With all this drama, Callie better hope she can survive her freshman year at Harvard.

This was a fantastic debut novel. It was very fun and just a great read. I do have to say that is you are looking for a novel that promotes good morals, do not read this. The characters have sex and do drugs, binge drink and really enjoy themselves at college, all with no consequence (life doesn't always have consequences). I really enjoyed the little newspaper articles between the chapters, they were very witty and hilarious. It was a little frustrating watching Callie sabotage her relationships (probably not on purpose) with everyone around her. When you read the inside jacket flap, that lists her potential love interests, you know right away which one she will end up with. I am very interested to see where this story will take us, especially since the last page is so juicy. Hopefully Callie makes up her mind and gains a little more self confidence as she trudges along at Harvard, because otherwise I might just have to shake her. If you ever wanted to know what college life was like for an average teenager/almost not a teenager anymore, this is the book to read. Very realistic portrayals about people (hopefully everyone isn't as conniving as some of the characters) girls, guys, foreign girls from France who don't really care about their reputations (this isn't to imply that all French girls don't care about their reps, only that some don't). If you were thinking about reading this one, make sure you do and keep an eye out for these two authors and what they will come up with next.

First Line:
"Dearest Froshlings: peons and future leaders of America."

Favorite Line:
"After spending several weeks together, her roommate's creepy stalker habits were starting to rub off."  

1 comment:

  1. Ooh, this sounds like a really enjoyable book. I don't think I've ever read a book that took place in college. I'll have to read it sometime.Great review!


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