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The Ivy Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 31, 2010

3.4 out of 5 stars 87 customer reviews
Book 1 of 4 in the Ivy Series

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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.

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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 Hubert
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Product Details

  • Series: The Ivy (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061960454
  • ASIN: B0058M6UGI
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,786,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
To many people, this book probably seems like a silly book for teenage girls. Which, it is in some ways. However, something about it just draws you in. It takes drama, new friendships, and a kind of "little fish, big world", growing up type thing and puts them together seamlessly in a way that makes it impossible to put down. If you liked books such as Pretty Little Liars, The Clique, the Lauren Conrad books, Before I Fall, or anything along those lines, then you should check out this book. Callie Andrews, the main character, immediately just makes you want to know her and be friends with her. She is so relatable to so many girls. If you can't relate to her, then you can surely relate to one of the characters in this book, as every single one is completely different, coming from different backgrounds and situations. It takes you along the ups and downs of college, but still makes it seem like an appealing place. If you are looking for a chick flick with a little more substance, then Lauren Kunze's The Ivy is the book for you.
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Format: 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.
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Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 4.5

Lauren and Rina's The Ivy, initiated a sensational glimpse into the esteemed reputation of Harvard University. With a glamorous outside and an underlying element of cunning behavior, this debut knocked my socks off. The intensity and raw depth behind the story was an immensely pleasurable experience. The characters eccentricity was evident from the first introductions, thus, helping me build connections on different levels. Callie, a naturally beautiful girl from California was an easy individual to understand. The students there supplied an affluent appearance, while Callie expressed herself as simple and low maintenance. My favorite aspect of the novel, were her roommates. Each and every one of them brought something new to the table. There sarcastic and laugh out loud remarks continually surfaced from start to finish. However, all these girls can't live in one dorm without some drama! Sometimes, personalities aren't what they seem, females can be so damn catty. I found myself feeling bad for the on-going trust issues among her roommates and other "acquaintances."

Besides that drama, Callie unexpectedly fell into a pool of drool worthy guys all fighting for her attention. I mean, wow, Clint and Gregory were sizzling hot. Gregory came across as an excessively cocky and egotistical bastard. While, Clint was the sweet and classy guy who treated her well. Yet again, I found myself falling for the badass. I don't know what it is, the guy's who deserve a punch in the face, call my name in YA books. All throughout The Ivy, each direction Callie took, her life was in shambles. It was bad enough she had schoolwork but also had to look out for backstabbers and a secret that was continually haunting her. By the end of the book, I was flabbergasted at the cliffhanger.
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By Britt R. on January 4, 2014
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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. There was really nothing about the book summary that made me think I'd fall in love.

I didn't fall in love. This isn't a book that is made to be fantastic, a classic, something that tears at your heart. It's supposed to be a "reality" show in book form. It definitely fit that bill. Unfortunately, I don't watch reality shows and I'm not a huge fan of reality show books.

There's nothing really wrong with The Ivy It's just not my cup of tea. There wasn't really much character development or much of a plot. It was like taking a peek into the lives of a few Harvard freshmen as they try to tackle the academics and social areas of college.

The guys are written to be swoon-worthy, but I'm only feeling lukewarm on them. The outside may be impressive, but I'd like a bit more substance. You can only stare at a pretty face for so long before you start to get a little bored.

Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the break from my usual type of books to read The Ivy, and I'll probably read at least the sequel the next time I'm looking for something quick to read. Just because this book isn't for me doesn't mean it's bad, in any way, shape, or form. It just means it's not for me. If you're a fan of the reality shows that just follow the lives of a group of people, or books like the Gossip Girl series, then you'll probably enjoy this book a lot more than I did.
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