December 05, 2020

#BookReview: Admission by Julie Buxbaum






Synopsis: From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes an of-the-moment novel that peeks inside the private lives of the hypercompetitive and the hyperprivileged and takes on the college admissions bribery scandal that rocked the country.

It's good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer. She's headed off to the college of her dreams. She's going to prom with the boy she's had a crush on since middle school. Her best friend always has her back, and her mom, a B-list Hollywood celebrity, may finally be on her way to the B+ list. It's good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer--at least, it was, until the FBI came knocking on her front door, guns at the ready, and her future went up in smoke. Now her mother is under arrest in a massive college admissions bribery scandal. Chloe, too, might be facing charges, and even time behind bars. The public is furious, the press is rabid, and the US attorney is out for blood.

As she loses everything she's long taken for granted, Chloe must reckon not only with the truth of what happened, but also with the examination of her own guilt. Why did her parents think the only way for her to succeed was to cheat for her? What did she know, and when did she know it? And perhaps most importantly, what does it mean to be complicit?



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Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
My Review:  
At first I was excited to read this book because I was intrigued about the how it would compare to the recent college scandal, but I was rather disappointed with the story. On one hand it was very similar to the scandal in real life, but on the other the characters were so shallow they didn’t seem believable. We spend pretty much the entire book with the main character Chloe in denial and wallowing in self pity because everyone hates her. Can a person really be that ignorant of everything going on around her? It was also frustrating that she couldn’t seem to comprehend why her boyfriend broke up with her or her best friend was mad at her. You also have Chloe’s mother the celebrity who walks around without remorse for what she did and in denial that there might actually be consequences for her actions. To top it off the pacing of the story felt rather slow and it was difficult to get through the whole book.









Review

"Deft, page-turning, and fresh as the latest college admissions gossip." --Kirkus Reviews 

"[Buxbaum's] assessment of the entitled 1% feels spot-on." --Publishers Weekly

"A gripping, thoughtful exploration of contemporary themes." --SLJ

"Whether or not readers are familiar with the real-life events that inspired the story, they’re likely to find it captivating; the novel goes behind the headlines to add humanity and complexity to a juicy national scandal." --The Horn Book 

About the Author

JULIE BUXBAUM is the New York Times bestselling author of the young adult novels Hope and Other Punch Lines, What to Say Next, and Tell Me Three Things. She also wrote the critically acclaimed The Opposite of Love and After You. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two children. You can find her procrastinating on social @juliebux (Twitter) and @juliebuxbaum (Insta).









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