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"Donne pens a thrilling novel set in the world of competitive, hyper-elite college admissions, combining romance, suspense, and mystery into one thrilling story that closes with a twist." -Booklist
"Quick pacing, dark humor, and deftly drawn characters distinguish this satirical thriller from Donne." -Publishers Weekly
"This compelling thriller will have teens asking whether sacrificing one’s morals to get into college is worth it." -SLJ
"The Ivies is ruthless, clever, and infectiously thrilling—I couldn’t put it down." -Dana Mele, author of People Like Us
"Donne unravels elite college admissions with a bitter blend of privilege, high pressure, competitiveness...and murder, in this twisty, page-turning thriller. A definite one-sitting read.” –J.Elle, New York Times bestselling author of Wings of Ebony
"A timely and compelling examination of the maelstrom created when girls are pitted against their environment--and each other." -Laurie Elizabeth Flynn, author of All Eyes on Her and The Girls Are All So Nice Here
“Tense, twisty, and oh-so-addictive, The Ivies kept me guessing right up until the end.” –Emily Lloyd Jones, author of The Bone Houses and The Hearts We Sold
"A satisfying page-turner, full of surprises and dark humor." -Emily Arsenault, author of All the Pretty Things
About the Author
- ASIN : B08LFZCVK4
- Publisher : Crown Books for Young Readers (May 25, 2021)
- Publication date : May 25, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3980 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 316 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0593303717
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #32,978 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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My favorite part about this book is that it really sent me back to the boarding school books I used to read growing up that really fed my love for reading. Most specifically it reminded me of the PRIVATE series by Kate Brian. There's something about an outsider's narrative into the world of the elite that makes me wish I went to a boarding school when I was younger.
I really enjoyed the characters. Olivia was a great main character who pushed the plot along with all her investigating. I felt for her a lot when she had the feeling that her friend group continually excluded her. But also Avery was the queen of my heart, so.
In terms of the mystery--I was guessing every fifty pages with a new suspect I was SO SURE was the one that killed Emma. Honestly I was guessing up until the end. I guessed some things, sure, but I was largely in the dark for most of the book and that was what kept me turning pages.
Also, low-key loved the ending.
It was funny, it was smart, and so twisty.
Needless to say, I loved it and highly recommend!
The dynamics of this toxic friend group are compelling and as more secrets come out, you get a real sense of just how toxic these girls truly are. There are tons of twists and red herrings; some I foresaw (and was excited that I guessed correctly), others I truly did not see coming and made the reading experience all that much better. Having gone to college at a very small, private University in the northeastern USA, I can attest to the atmosphere and world building being spot-on and very realistic. The main character is likeable and you're rooting for her the whole way, even though it soon becomes clear how flawed she actually is.
I finished the book in two sittings because I could not put it down (ended up staying up waaayyyy past my bedtime on both of those nights).
I think this book would appeal to anyone interested in one of the following types of stories/plot lines: toxic friend groups, whodunnit stories, deadly secrets, social politics in school settings, college admissions / highly-competitive application processes.
Trigger warning: If you would get upset by reading about old-money/privilege buying and selling access to college, there is a strong element of that in this book (reading other reviews, apparently some people were upset by this reality of Ivy League admissions practices).
Enter "The Ivies".
Her writing is impeccable. Her witty dialogues, perfect descriptions, and amazing talent of keeping us guessing until the very end make the ultimate trifecta. I honestly want to read it again now that I know ~the truth~.
Waiting for the day Netflix picks this up.
I had hesitated to buy Alexa’s previous books cause I’m not a Jane Austen fan, so her sci-fi retellings didn’t speak to me, but I’m very interested to see what other thrillers she comes up with.
Top reviews from other countries
This is one hell of a story, the characters relatable, the story engaging, the premise is so simple and yet executed to a level of serious writing skill. I adored the twists, some I saw coming, others I didn’t, and I loved that ending, it about made the book for me. Overall, if you love a good thriller, then this is one you do not want to miss! Highly, highly recommended!
Best part of the book is to be actually kept guessing, since I either clock the 'killer' right away or the twist is so obscure that its unsatisfying.
Summary: Olivia is lucky to have been adopted by her private schools most popular group of girls called the Ivies. One night one of the girls goes missing. Olivia is blaming herself for not following her out. She begins an investigation to find out the true murderer.
Review: the book to me is well worthy of three stars. It is an excellent book for readers who enjoy murder mysteries and private schools and plot twist said every corner. There is some mild language in this book therefore be aware. What I loved about this book was that it kept me glued to the page. I couldn't put it down. I had to finish it and read every waking moment. The style of writing was easy to follow along and immersive.
One thing that I couldn't understand was why the main character Olivia was so dead set on solving the murder. It wasn't explained what relationship she had to the murdered character that made her so obsessed. It seems like the other characters who were closer to the murder character didn't even care about inquiring we're digging deep. I found that off. One other thing that I didn't like was the way the book ended. I had my suspicions about who the murderer was but I thought the person that ended up being the murderer was just too obvious. Like they could have been it but if they were I would be disappointed because it was so cliche. I wish the author took a different route and made the murderer somebody with ulterior motives who was just a respectable character.