Admission by Julie Buxbaum
3 out of 5 stars
Goodreads Description: 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?
I received an ARC of Admission from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. It was published in December 2020.
I really like Julie Buxbaum’s books, so I was excited to read her new book Admission. While it was not my favorite of her books, I did like the story and it was pretty interesting. It was pretty relevant to what we recently saw in the news about the celebrities and wealthy people that got caught paying their children’s way into college. You kind of got a closer/inside glimpse into what we all read about and seen in the news regarding this same situation that the book is based off of.
I liked the topic that Admission was based off of and it was interesting getting a deeper look into it, but aside from that I had trouble really connecting to any of the characters in the story. Not many of them were likeable to me aside from maybe Isla. I didn’t like that some of the characters weren’t treated very nicely even though they were friends; example being the way that Chloe sometimes treated Shola. There was lots of family drama that came along with the college admissions scandal, but one of the things I really like about it was that it brought Chloe and Isla closer together and I ended up liking their sisterly bond in the end. The story did feel like something was missing or like more could have been done with it.
Overall though, while it wasn’t my favorite from Julie, I did like the story and I would still recommend it, because it’s an interesting topic and there’s some important messages as well.
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