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The Ivy Hardcover – Bargain Price, August 31, 2010
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It ended SO abruptly! I get that they want you to purchase the others but come on! It was like it just cut off in the middle. I was pretty annoyed with that. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Desperately seeking the next
Wow. I had no idea that someone could write a story about going to Harvard and the result be this vapid and pointless. Don't waste your time. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Judith & Joseph
I didn't even finish it. It is barely readable, unintelligible dribble.Published 11 months 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 21 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 22 months ago by Amber Elise @ Du Livre
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 on May 14, 2014 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 on March 19, 2014 by Peggy