Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Review: The Ivy by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur

I'll be honest, I think this is a book you're either going to like/love or a book you just aren't going to get and enjoy. Me, I fall into the former category and thoroughly enjoyed The Ivy. Keep in mind, I also love Gossip Girl, Dawson's Creek, and Pretty Little Liars (TV version all, not necessarily books). I relish drama and backbiting and mixed-up love affairs. So, that's where I'm coming from when I say I enjoyed this book.

Synopsis: Freshman year at Harvard--glamorous parties, blossoming friendships, steamy romances, and scandalous secrets. Skip the campus tour and get right to the good stuff: classes are for scoping guys (and their Facebook profiles), not taking notes. The library is for study dates (the medieval history stacks get a lot of action), not studying. And success is a 4.0 GPA... plus getting into the most exclusive parties. How will Callie--a California girl with brains, beauty, and big dreams--and her three roommates survive?

Get admitted to The Ivy, the first book in a provocative new series about the world of the Ivy League.


Callie Andrews is a girl from California who is starting her freshmen year at Harvard. She is excited, nervous, and apprehensive. She wants to study hard but she also wants to get in with all the right groups. Two of her roommates, Mimi and Vanesssa, can help her on the right group part, but it will be up to Callie to truly understand who her friends are and who her enemies are.

This book is pretty fluffy, I'll be perfectly honest. Don't go into expecting an in depth look at these characters' emotions. Instead, everything is glossed over with the privileged wand that is Harvard. However, this isn't a bad thing, at least for me. I truly loved the different hijinks that Callie and her roommates, and potential crushes, all got into. The old-fashioned Pudding Societies, writing competitively against upperclassmen, and of course, conversing with the rich and privileged. Loved it all!

Part of what I loved so much is a character named Gregory Bolton who I am rooting for enormously! But I will let you read the book and find out why. He's definitely a jerk and I'm falling into the category of reader who likes a guy that treats women not all that well admittedly, but he's also immature and grew up wealthy. I could cut him some slack.

I'm already anxious for book two! I cannot wait to find out how Callie's scandal is about to play out, if she will mend certain fences or have to go her own, finally, against all the wealthy who have somewhat welcomed her into their closed ranks. Yes, I basically devoured this book.

I think if you enjoyed Gossip Girl, The Luxe and other books of that nature, where the characters are embroiled in gossip, where relationships shift at the speed of light, and where girls are more frenemies than friends, you will certainly enjoy The Ivy. I'm on tenterhooks for more and according to the authors, I won't get book two until May 2011!

ARC reviewed from Around the World Tours.

Other reviews:
Angieville reviews The Ivy
The Book Vixen reviews The Ivy
Bookalicio.us reviews The Ivy 

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