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The Ivy (The Ivy #1)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  3,100 ratings  ·  396 reviews
Congratulations! You have been admitted to the most prestigious university in the world. Now what are you going to do?

Callie Andrews may not have money or connections or the right clothes, and she may have way too many complications in her love life, what with

the guy she loves to hate ...

the guy she'd love to forget ...

the guy she'd love to love ...

and Matt
Hardcover, 312 pages
Published August 31st 2010 by Greenwillow Books
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This book was mentioned in an episode of Gossip Girl and when I saw the cover...damn. I was sold. I knew I just had to read this book. It’s not that gorgeous but I don’t know, this cover just called to me. Finally I got a chance to read this and I’m glad I wasn’t too disappointed either.

This is the most chick-lit-ish book I’ve ever read, conisdering the fact that only chick-lit I’ve read is Pretty Little Liars and Private series, which
I loved The Ivy. Honestly, by page 4, I already knew I was going to read this book in one sitting. The Ivy is college life, ivy league style - everyone rich, famous and geniuses, or some mix of the three, or at least it seems that way. Can an average girl survive and find her way at an above average school?

I adored everything about The Ivy, from the secret societies (or Finals Clubs as they are called at Harvard), to the choosing of classes, to the parties (with authentic sounding drunken hookup
It had me for a while. Enough to make me feel like an idiot for being engaged for that short time. Then I realised that this book was a series of shallow vignettes about getting drunk, laid and more and I couldn't find the joy any more. This is definitely the kind of read that would energise a reader with no expectation other than a cliched protagonist surrounded by stereotypical supporting players that act in stupendously stupid ways. I don't know what offended me more - the depiction of a reli ...more
Steph Su
Let’s start by placing my poised, professional reviewer mode aside and putting on the hat of my other half, that of an aggrieved college-aged YA reader. In this alternate, blogging- and review-free world, Steph would say that these sorts of books, these seemingly “in-depth” looks into college life piss her off to no end. People getting into Harvard, only to not care about academics at all and instead focus all their time on partying, befriending the right people, and boy drama? Are you serious? ...more
Since I got a bit of a kick out of Pretty Little Liars, I thought it would be amusing to read the Ivy League version. It was not.

Not only are none of the characters in this story smart enough to make their attending Harvard plausible, you get the impression that the author has not, in fact, ever met a smart person. The protagonist's manifestations of intelligence include doing arithmetic in her head and believing that Persuasion is "sophomoric" compared to Pride and Prejudice, which I don't thin
I don’t even know where to start. This series is giving me serious chills and I am more than obsessed with it. Most of the books I have been reading are now becoming series. It’s hard to tell which you should start or shouldn’t especially with all the waiting in between. However, I can tell you The Ivy is going to be a HIT. No Joke. First off, we all want to know what the life of a Harvard Elite is like. Right? Or maybe just me. This new series gives you a sneak peak into the life of those “Elit ...more
Well, in my defense I picked this book up during its free kindle giveaway and started reading it while I was in the hospital and wanted something very light. And to be fair, I am not this book's intended audience. I don't watch Gossip Girl or Housewives or any of the other "same theme" shows mentioned in so many of these reviews. That being said, the book was as light and substance-free as you could possibly want a book to be (unless, of course, we're talking about mind-altering substances).

Sep 21, 2010 Lina rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Prep School Book Fans
Let me start off by saying thank you to Greenwillow books for sending this to me. It was quite a surprise. To continue, I also have to state that this type of book, isn't really my forte. They are made for a specific audience, the ones that read Gossip Girl, The Clique and watch Jersey Shore and Real House Wives of (Insert here). The goal of these books is not, in my opinion, to be good. It is to be fun. Therefore I will be judging it on that quality rather than my own personal feelings.

This boo
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
I picked up The Ivy at BEA, and was very happy to have gotten it because it was during one of my mad crazy rush hours of being in 10 lines in an hour!

The summary sets up the book at a college, which is perfect for me because it's one of my favorite settings to read about. This fact alone made it one of the first BEA books I picked up to read, and guess what - I really loved it!

I didn't love it for the same reason I loved Courtney Summer's Some Girls Are (excellent character development) or Susan
This is, without a doubt, the worst book I have ever read.
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Jul 17, 2010 Lauren rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
I've been dying to read The Ivy ever since I first heard of way back in '09, and I have to say, now that I've read it, it was well-worth the wait. No doubt about it.

To me, The Ivy is like Gossip Girl goes to college meets Lauren Conrad's L.A. Candy series with just a bit more substance then both of those reads have combined, which left it to be a mix I absolutely adored!

The Ivy tells the tale of Callie, a girl who's just about to start her first year at the highly prestigious Harvard Universit
If you like shows like Gossip Girl or The Greek, then this book is probably your cup of tea.

My curiosity was piqued when I learned that the setting of this book was Harvard. I know very little of Harvard life but was always intrigued by it especially with it producing drop-outs turned big innovators of our time (Gates: Microsoft and Zuckerberg: Facebook). But even better, the book is written from a woman’s perspective! It almost feels like taboo to read about Harvard life through the eyes of a
Review taken from my blog:

The Ivy has to be one of my most favorite debut books of this year. It is a story about a girl, named Callie, who is starting her freshman year at Harvard. Callie leaves California behind and with it her parents, best friend Jessica, and longtime boyfriend Evan.

At Harvard we meet Callie's roommates. Each of of her three roommates have their own distinct personality. First there is Mimi who is from Europe. She is a true party gir
Sara Grochowski
THE IVY may not be the most accurate portrayal of freshman year at University, but that's besides the point: Rina Onur and Lauren Kunze fully succeeded in writing a fun, dramatic, boy-filled novel that I kept me distracted for hours.

While THE IVY exaggerated some aspects of college life, there were definitely situations that happen on campuses across the country. For me, this novel was a perfect balance of reality and fiction - too much reality would be horribly boring, too much fiction and I w
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
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
Amber (Books of Amber)
Let me start out by saying that the characters in this book are a bit older than what is the norm in YA. Callie is a freshman at Harvard, so she's just that little bit older, but the story definitely still fits the typical age range for YA.

The Ivy is an excellent contemporary book, with so much drama! I love books like this, and this really reminded me of that TV show, Greek, just without the sororities.

Callie is a great MC. She's flawed in ways that are to be expected with a teenager who's just
Mary Grace
This is a tough cookie and I must be honest, I am finding it difficult to write an opener (evidence right there) for my review so on to it then!

I felt so detached with this book, half way through it I was mostly skipping pages and scratching my head because I can connect to the characters nor the story as I should be. I won’t say that it wasn’t for me or something since I wouldn’t pick it up if it didn’t interest me but along the way – our chemistry wasn’t working at all. I just felt that it was
Jun 29, 2010 Angie rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
I picked up an advanced copy of THE IVY last month at BEA. I had seen it pop up here awhile back and flagged it as interesting in that it's a YA take on the whole Ivy League experience. So when I was offered a copy at BEA, I grabbed it and stuck it in my bag. And, given how much I enjoyed Diana Peterfreund's Secret Society Girl series, it seemed only fair to give this similar series a go. Written by best friends and former roommates at Harvard themselves, Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur, I like the s ...more
Shameeka Alexis
What the hell what that?

Seriously.. It was so.. Messed up. That would be the right word.

One thing: The author is OBSESSED with "tall" guys. Or it's probably the protagonist.

Some instances:

“No,” snapped Callie. “I mean, yes it was him but no, he’s not my ‘so-called boyfriend.’ He’s my real boyfriend, like, he actually exists. . . . His name’s Evan and he’s great,” she blurted. “Really great and really . . . tall.”

Yeah, honey. I'm sure the dude you're blabbering to is intimidated.

“I’m so sor
They say high school is the best time of your life. That is totally not true at all. For me, thus far, college has treated me much better than high school ever had. The Ivy by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur takes place during the grand and glorious years of college, thus marking the book as something a bit different than what the usual YA fare has to offer.
Read the rest of my review here
I "bought" this a week ago because Barner & Noble was giving it away. I can see why. Sophomoric--as in high school sophomore, not college. Contrived characters and plot. All been done before.

Don't waste your time.
Savannah (Books With Bite)
Couldn't get into it! DNF
DNF 56%

Now that I've got that out of the way, here's what I thought of the half I did read: I thought it was vapid, shallow, and plotless.

Look, I went to a college that was known as a "party school" (which, honestly, I think any school that's not a community/commuter college gets that title) so I know the stuff Callie and her friends were doing really happens. I've seen the evidence. But by God, all they wanted to do was drink and party! And they go to HARVARD. Classes seemed unimportant.

And the
The Ivy by Lauren Kunze with Rina Onur
Greenwillow Books, 2010
312 pages
YA; Contemporary
1st in series
3/5 stars

Source: Won from Goodreads Firstread program

Summary: Callie Andrews has finally arrived at Harvard where she meets her three very different roommates, cute boys, new enemies, and struggles with course work, peer pressure, and money troubles.

Thoughts: I was really excited about the premise of this book as I'm not familiar with many YA books set in college and like many of those raised on th
I don't really read gossip books, but then i wanted to take a break away from fantasy and supernateral genre!!

I found this book interesting and enjoyable until the first few chapters. But it really left me wondering if such social clubs, if they even exist, and social status hold such significant importance to students in Harvard?? I should really ask my teacher who is a Harvard graduate about that.

Callie had been a very likeable heroine who is smart and beautiful in the beginning but then, as t
*3.5 stars*

Ivy League, sexy and completely there a better combination?

Small-town, down-to-earth Callie gets the surprise of her life when she heads off to Harvard only to be dumped by her high school sweetheart. Freshman year can be difficult, but it's been a roller-coaster ride for Callie. While she can't always keep up with her designer clad roommates, she has caught the eye of a couple of eligible bachelors on campus. Callie is your typical everyday girl. She's cute and swe
Trisha W.
I can not say enough good things about this book. After I started it I could not put it down and finished it in one day. This book is full of so much humor, drama, romance, and everything else that a college person goes through that you just have to keep reading it.

This was just an excellent book. Saying this, their were a few things in the book that left me guessing. Callie's mom is mentioned a few times and so is her dad, but she doesn't call them for help when the people she thought was her f
Princess Bookie
My Thoughts: Its hard to describe The Ivy! Yes, I went to college but I didn't stay in a dorm, or even have roommates. We are introduced to Callie who is a freshmen in college. She is new to all this and is trying her best to fit in. She comes from California and a lot of people peg her as a dumb blonde, but she is far from it. We are than introduced to all the girls who live with her and the guys across the hall. Some of the guys I liked while others I disliked but began to grow on me. I liked ...more
Sep 13, 2010 Tara rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: arc
When I was a teenager, I was lucky enough to live in Boston. I spent a lot of time in Cambridge and wandering throughout the Harvard campus, wishing that I had both the money and the SAT scores to attend. I wish I could say that because of my fondness for my Boston days that I really loved this book, but that sadly wasn't the case.

I really didn't care about anyone in this book, as I felt all the characters to be stereotypical and one dimensional. Sure, Callie's a nice California girl who lands a
Extremely funny, true, honest portrayal of some of the unexpected realities of Ivy League Life: the social cliques, the upper-east-siders, the pressures, all of it. Anyone from Harvard, or really any institution like it (high school or college), will relate to the main character's discovery that while you might expect elite schools to involve living in the library, there's a delightfully intriguing underground world full of drama and social scheming. Even though I'm (just a bit) older than the t ...more
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Lauren Kunze grew up in Piedmont, California and attended Harvard University where she majored in English literature and minored in neurobiology. After graduation, she deferred a masters program at the University of Oxford in order to finish her first novel, The Ivy, which was conceptualized in collaboration with best friend and former college roommate Rina Onur. Now Lauren writes full-time, and i ...more
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