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Gr 9 Up–As one of the smartest students at her high school and a star soccer player, Callie Andrews is used to achieving everything that she sets her sights on, including acceptance to Harvard University. She leaves everything she loves–her parents, her best friend, her boyfriend–in California to follow her dreams in Massachusetts. There is a lot of smoking, drinking, drugs, and sex in the book; none of it is overly gratuitous and seems to fit in a story about kids leaving their adults behind to try their hand in the real world of higher education. Readers will get to know Callie as she navigates the tricky world of college with its rules (written and unwritten) regarding relationships, friendships, and memberships. Along the way, she deals with backstabbing best friends, upper-class girls who are out to get her, and feelings for a certain boy across the hall–not to mention that pesky sex tape that was made and distributed without her knowledge by her ex-boyfriend. This is a lighthearted and quirky read, and although the characters are a bit one-dimensional and an alcohol-poisoning situation is a bit glossed over, this is a good read for older teens.–Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library, OR. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Two Harvard grads examine the lighter side of higher education in a frothy debut that makes college out to be just a higher-stakes round of high school. California girl Callie doesn’t fit in with the labeled legacies that make up most of the snooty student body. Her more worldly roommates introduce her to the exclusive social scene, which seems to take up more time than actual classes. What they don’t know is that Callie is hiding a scandalous secret that could ruin her new rep forever if discovered. Unfortunately, mean girl Alexis is determined to dig up that dirt, especially since her hot ex has fallen hard for Callie. The cliff-hanging ending indicates that the race for popularity has only been put on pause. Gossip Girls and A-Listers will enjoy the bonding, backstabbing, and sneak peek into some of Harvard’s secret social clubs, but the conspicuous lack of collegiate activity, other than dating and drinking, may leave readers, especially those striving for high-scoring SATs, wondering what makes an Ivy so different from State U. Grades 9-12. --Jennifer HubertSee all Editorial Reviews
I didn't even finish it. It is barely readable, unintelligible dribble.Published 8 days ago by Kenley Doonan
I found the political intrigue of Harvard student life interesting, but I felt the author, like I, just got tired of of her heroine so she just dumped her with a lot of loose ends... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Norman York
I bought this ebook when it was on sale for $3...I think that was a year ago. Yesterday, I finally sat down and started it. 10 hours later, I was looking for the sequel! Read morePublished 11 months ago by Amber Elise
it's not easy to write fiction without a murder or another crime waiting to be solved.This book is about real world young men and women trying to get through education with all... Read morePublished 15 months ago by ruby
This one’s going to be short and sweet…
It’s Callie’s freshman year at the elite Harvard University. Read more
I didn't like this book. It ends too abruptly. Lots of questions not answered. What happened to all the people?Published 17 months ago by Peggy
I got this book because one day, there was a notification on my Facebook wall about a free book and I am almost always incapable of turning a free book down. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Britt R.
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Quick & Dirty: With a great protagonist, steamy romance, humor, and all the college drama, this was an addictive new adult... Read more