April 6, 2020

BOOK REVIEW: Admission by Julie Buxbaum

ADMISSION is a fictional story about the very real college admissions scandal that sparked outrage and passionate debate across the country. With sensitivity and grace, Julie Buxbaum has woven a tale about the forces that perpetuate elitism and white privilege and the destruction those forces leave in their wake. 




Chloe Berringer is living the good life in sunny, southern California. Well... she was before the FBI showed up on her doorstep with their guns drawn and a warrant for her mother's arrest. 

Before the FBI came knocking on her door, Chloe lived the most uneventful life that ever existed. Nothing bad ever happened to her, and her senior year was quickly becoming the best one yet. Not only was she recently accepted into the college of her dreams, despite her mediocre grade point average and the school's highly competitive acceptance policy, but her lifelong crush has also just invited her to Prom. However, Chloe's life dramatically changes after her mother's arrest. She can't go back to school, her best friend is MIA, and she's forced to ask herself some really tough questions.


MY TAKE


I was truly captivated by Chloe's story. Indeed, I read ADMISSION from start to finish without putting the book down. There are a few minor plot holes that involve secondary characters, but I thoroughly enjoyed the book overall. I also think it's an important and relevant story worth telling.  Ignorance may be bliss, but it can be irresponsible and dangerous too. 

OVERALL STARS: 4 STARS
CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT: 5 STARS
STORY LINE: 4 STARS

Scheduled Publish Date: December 1, 2020
*A big thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for my honest review.

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