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Publisher's Note:

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 s…


by Julie Buxbaum

Overall Book Review:

We all know that colleges and which one students are admitted to can be a big deal. Families take pride in which colleges their kids get into and which sports teams they cheer for on game day. How well kids do in high school and on the SAT can make or break a student’s chance at making it into the school they want to. So, what happens when a student isn’t doing so well academically?

Chloe Wynn Berringer and all of her friends know exactly which colleges are on the top of their lists. Things seem to be falling into place in her life perfectly, for the most part. Now if she could just get a good score on the SAT (after taking it multiple times), then she would be sure to get into the college that she and her family have chosen as a perfect fit for her. However, in a matter of moments her world changes drastically in a way she never could have imagined.

Parents are supposed to be the people kids can lean on in times of trouble, and Chloe has always felt supported by her mom and dad. Then things begin to come to light that are difficult to believe, yet they all seem to be true. Apparently, Chloe’s mom decided to take Chloe’s SAT scores into her own hands and hired someone to tamper with her results so that she would be accepted into her dream school. And now everyone thinks Chloe is guilty as well. But did she really know this was going on? How could she not know?

Admission is an entertaining and eye-opening fictional story of the lengths parents will go to “help” their kids. To some, college might be simply a chance to further their education. To others, it may be a status symbol that they feel the need to uphold. This book focuses on the pressures high school students face to get into the “right” school and how one seemingly small mistake can affect an entire family and their reputation. 

Review of a Digital Advance Reading Copy received from the Publisher

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  7 religious exclamations; 4 mild obscenities; 2 religious profanities; 9 derogatory names; 13 scatological words; 14 anatomical terms; 3 F-Word derivatives.

Violence/Gore:  A gun is pointed at a woman who is under arrest; death threats are received by a minor via text message; a conversation had about how sharks are scary and eat people; a boy and girl have a conversation about their fears and admit that a school shooting is one of their top fears; a girl recalls tripping with a pair of scissors and needing stitches; a young adult is reported to have overdosed and is in the hospital. 

Sex/Nudity:  Girls talk about losing virginity in one brief conversation; a girl refers to her friend’s dad as hot two times; a girl sees police and mentions thinking they might be male strippers; a minor girl fantasizes about kissing a boy she likes; a woman is mentioned to have been in a TV show scene giving birth; a girl looks back on a situation at a party and wishes she would have kissed a boy and grabbed his hand, she reflects on the fact that she has kissed a few boys at parties but never ended up in a bedroom alone with one; minors kiss in a brief scene; a minor girl looks back on a kiss with a boy and thinks about how the boy could have taken things further but didn’t; a scene occurs where a woman talks about almost having sex with someone famous; a mom and daughter have a conversation and the mom jokes about “the talk”; minors hold hands; a brief scene occurs where a man pinches his wife’s bottom.

Mature Subject Matter:

Fraud; divorce; addiction; shoplifting; extramarital affairs; cheating; serving prison time.

Alcohol / Drug Use:

A young adult is mentioned to use prescription drugs illegally; minors drink at a party; beer pong is played by minors at a party; minors are portrayed as being drunk; alcohol poisoning is mentioned; a marijuana dispensary is mentioned to sell THC gummies; an “illicit adderall prescription” is mentioned; minors drink vodka; a minor is mentioned to have been arrested for underage drinking; minors are mentioned to drink beer stolen from a parents fridge; adults drink wine; a drug overdose is mentioned as well as drug addiction.

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About the Reviewer

Books and reading have always been an important part of my life. When I was very young, my grandma was the library director at our local public library. Years later, after she had retired, I became a librarian at the same library and worked there for several years before taking a part-time job at a local coffee shop, which gives me more time to do what I love, to read and to review books! A few of my favorite authors are Aimee Bender, Diane Chamberlain, and Curtis Sittenfeld however, I will read almost any book I come across! In my spare time you can find me reading (of course), volunteering at a wildlife animal rehab, or hanging out with my two house rabbits.