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3.0 out of 5 stars Fun dialogue, but lacking an interesting plot and characters., October 18, 2010
This review is from: The Ivy (Hardcover)
The Ivy introduces us to Harvard freshman, Callie. She isn't from the east coast or rich like the majority of her classmates. She was the girl all the boys wanted back in sunny California, but now she feels like an outcast without the right clothes or breeding. She quickly finds herself dumped, and headed towards possible reputation ruin thanks to her ex. That doesn't stop her from trying to fit in with Harvard's finest. She is quickly the focus of a hottie upperclassman who just happens to have an ex that could ruin her. Let the drama begin!

I wanted to love this book. Really, I did. Unfortunately, it fell short. Callie, who I liked initially, became increasingly unlikeable. I couldn't sympathize with her at all. She seemed level headed at first meeting, but began to make one poor choice after another, while showing zero consideration for those she claimed to care about. She was seriously self-destructive. By the end of the book I didn't care what happened to her. The secondary characters also did nothing for me. They lacked any sort of depth, and seemed to encompass a hefty list of stereotypes. All were horribly superficial with the exception of the Christian roommate. She is too busy judging others actions and studying to really get to know though. Like I said, stereotypes.

The plot was also not what I was hoping for. There was a mysterious scandal involving Callie and her ex that wasn't very difficult to figure out. For someone who was so concerned about her reputation being destroyed because of something stupid her ex did, you would think she'd try to lay low. She did anything but. The primary focus seemed to be the struggle to climb to the top of the social ladder. Plenty of the plot focused on cattiness, flirting, sex, scandal, and of course, getting wasted. Entertaining yes, but not what I was hoping for when I picked up The Ivy.

I did enjoy the snarky dialogue. The resident bitch's advice columns were creative, and probably the highlights of the novel for me. There is also a poem that had me laughing out loud. If I could read based on dialogue alone this would be a win for me. Unfortunately, the lack of interesting characters and plot killed it for me. Will I pick up the next one in this series? Maybe, but if the characters don't evolve, and continue to just party their years away I'll be done.

While this one didn't make me fall into book love, others have given it rave reviews. Give it a try. You might like it :)
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