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The Ivy Chronicles

3.43  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,812 Ratings  ·  353 Reviews

When turbocharged Park Avenue mom Ivy Ames finds that she's been downsized from her platinum-card corporate job and her marriage, she swiftly realizes that she's going to need a whole new way to support herself and her two private-school daughters. So she dreams up a new businesshelping upscale New Yorkers get their little darlings into the most exclusive kindergartens in

Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 31st 2006 by Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated (first published 2005)
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Dec 30, 2008 Wendi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Okay, wow, can one woman be so self-absorbed and in complete denial of what life is really like? I don't think I can say it any better than this reviewer on While the premise of the book was intriguing (an insider's view into the cut-throat world of the Manhattan elite), my antipathy for Ivy overroad any hopes of my giving this book a good review. She continually baffled me with her amoral stance and her ability to turn everything into a one-woman whine-fest. There was almost no one ...more
Jul 04, 2014 Becky rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A completely stupid book, that I can not believe I finished. I think I thought it would get didn't. I was baffled at the outrage that she had for her boyfriend (the author--I can't remember his name) that he would write about her and not tell her; yet, she did the same thing with her clients. And how inconsistent is it that she goes to her boyfriend's apartment in the same building and has to check her email, when she see the book. Furthermore, after complaining and complaining abou ...more
Nov 03, 2008 Lain rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It's been a long time since I've disliked a protagonist as much as I hated Ivy Ames. While the premise of the book was intriguing (an insider's view into the cut-throat world of the Manhattan elite), my antipathy for Ivy overroad any hopes of my giving this book a good review.

She continually baffled me with her amoral stance and her ability to turn everything into a one-woman whine-fest. There was almost no one to cheer for, save some of the stereotypical "underclass" children. I almost quit rea
May 15, 2007 stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit
hilarious story about a mother in manhattan who decides to turn a big buck by getting other people's kids into the elite manhattan preschools. would be even funnier if it wasn't so true.
Blodeuedd Finland
I contemplated dnfing this one for the first 100 pages. I have no idea why I read on. Ivy was a pushover. Sure it's good to be nice but come on! Sometimes you have to stand up for yourself, not just roll around and show your belly. The things she put up with, arghh, it made me so annoyed with her.

But I read on as she tried to make a new career of helping parents getting into good private schools. That was amusing, the things they go through. Dang, that is a tough world. So yes that made it inter
Jordana Horn Gordon
I can't believe I read that. And that there is no "no star" rating.
Cynthia Corral
May 03, 2011 Cynthia Corral rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awful and amateurish, even by chick-lit standards. Ivy loses everything (job, husband) right off the bat, but when she then becomes an entrepreneur she immediately SUCCEEDS. This thanks to her having money and an ivy league degree, knowing people with money and power, and also a series of serendipitous events that work in her favor.
So where is the plot and/or problems?? She has several romantic interests after her marriage breaks up, she is successful in her new business immediately, and there a
Oct 25, 2012 Bethany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm embarrassed I actually read this. If it weren't for my very limited book selection at the time, I don't think I would have. The main character lacks common sense and a basic conscience. Somehow, the most outlandish and extravagant things happen to her that just aren't believable.

It's like watching a terrible chick flick while you're doing mindless chores around the house. For some reason you don't turn it off, but you're cringing the whole time. It's over and you just shake your head thinki
Dec 15, 2015 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ivy is a team player. Her company wants her to work with Drayton to downsize their departments. When she finds that she has been double-crossed by Drayton, it is too late and she finds that she has lost her job. She arrives home looking for comfort from her husband, who has been out of work for a while and isn't putting much effort towards finding another position. She finds him in the bathroom in a compromising position that can only be made worse with the fact that it is Drayton's wife who is ...more
Elizabeth Bober
Jan 23, 2013 Elizabeth Bober rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was awful. The author created a flat world of walking, talking stereotypes. Characters were so one-dimensional and unexplored I wondered if I was just reading a transcript from someone playing with paper dolls.
Jul 19, 2011 Justyna rated it did not like it
This book had pretty flat characters and some crude love scenes. I did laugh during a few parts, but in the end I was not satisfied with this novel. I ended up leaving it on the plane.
Dec 19, 2015 Mari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Definitivamente, esse não é um livro para mim. Infelizmente, só descobri a classificação no Goodreads depois de carregá-lo por doze horas na mochila e quase quatrocentos quilômetros, da Bienal de São Paulo do ano passado até a minha casa. Pelo lado bom, ele foi realmente barato! Hahaha.
Repleto de preconceitos e frases prontas, as primeiras duzentas páginas desse livro são um pesadelo. A protagonista, uma ex-milionária que acaba de perder o emprego e o marido, se vê as voltas com a vida "empobrec
Jan 08, 2009 Endah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kerap kali dalam kondisi terjepit seseorang jadi kreatif. Seluruh daya kemampuan dikerahkan demi keluar dari himpitan itu. Agaknya itu sudah merupakan naluri purba yang dimiliki setiap makhluk hidup agar tetap survive. Tapi tak jarang juga "kreativitas" itu malah mengarah pada kriminalitas yang menghalalkan segala cara.

Bagi Ivy Ames, 39 tahun, yang baru saja dipecat dari kantornya dan menangkap basah perselingkuhan sang suami, keadaan itu memaksanya berpikir keras untuk secepatnya mendapatkan p
May 22, 2009 Halie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: vapid social climbers
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What happens when a New Yorker loses her job, her husband, and her ritzy Park Avenue pad and is forced to carve out a new niche for herself and her two private school-educated daughters?

After transferring the girls to public school and renting a shabby-chic (at best) flat upstairs from a knicherie (her rich friends thinking she chose to live next to a crack den), Ivy Ames takes her billionaire friend Faith's advice (now that's somebody who married up---unbelievable as the specifics of her prenu
I have yet to decide how I feel about this book. Parts of it were laugh out loud funny, but a lot of it was annoying, mostly because of the caricatures of people were so over the top as to make you roll you eyes.

Ivy Ames seems to have it all, a high powered job, a loving husband, 2 great kids and fabulous life living on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. All this comes to a crashing end when Ivy loses her job and finds her husband with another woman on the same day. Forced to start her own busine
Patricia Geller
Silly but occationally amusing book about how badly the filthy rich of NY behave to get their kids into Kindergarden. Listened on tape so could ignore the writing and it was listening to amusing fluff.
Sep 14, 2012 Bee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading this book I thought this was going to be a book I would enjoy and possibly recommend. However, now I have finished it I can only say it was an OK book. I just feel Ivy's character could have been developed in a different direction from the one portrayed in the book. I got excited when she met Philip and that soon disappeared and then she was with Michael, which was nice but felt all the little incidents with him throughout he story could have been focussed and develo ...more
I listened to this book on tape, so that may have amped up my enjoyment level, but I found The Ivy Chronicles very entertaining. I lived in Manhattan and experienced the hard-to-believe world of ultra competitive pre-school admissions; it is definitely a world worth skewering. I thought Quinn's take was very funny, and while Ivy is not a particularly lovable character, I enjoyed hearing about her negotiation through a uniquely Manhattan minefield. The supporting cast of characters was also very ...more
Mar 11, 2016 Ria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When Ivy Ames loses everything in one day, her marriage, her home and her job she resolves to make a new life for herself and her girls Skylar and Kate.
She is from an affluent, exorbitant lifestyle and the change in circumstances are a lot to get used to both for her and her pampered girls, no more private school, ballet lessons, horse riding and other luxury treats.
But Ivy is determined that coming from that walk of life she can put her skills to good use, knowing the cutthroat selection proces
Feb 04, 2009 Melissa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Amazing? No.
Enjoyable piece of rather ridiculous fluff? Yes.
That's what I wanted, that's what I got. Purpose fulfilled.


Audiobook Review: Annoying main character = obnoxious narration. Right on character-wise for narration, but got to be a little much when listening to hours of this.
Jenny  (hades2) (Chocolate Chunky Munkie)
This was an ok book, nothing really special or memorable about it. The main character Ivy was a bit annoying at times, what an airhead! There were some amusing bits, but sadly not enough to make this a wow book. A very quick and easy read, but sadly nothing more than that.
Jason Chiang
Apr 12, 2016 Jason Chiang rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just started this audiobook today. On disk 1 now; so far it seems promising. The female narrator has a crisp loud voice (only have to turn the volume to mid-20s) with plenty of NY attitude. The story starts off with tragedy, with the protagonist losing her corporate banking VP job and finding that her laid off hedge fund husband has been cheating on her with the wife of the colleague that had a role in getting her downsized from her position. So it starts off with high stakes backstabbing and a ...more
Oct 18, 2014 Ilana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Review from when I read this novel four years ago:

Ivy is selfish, spoiled, unscrupulous and seriously lacking in morals. Considering she came from nothing and built herself up, you'd think she would be something different...Constantly in search of money and a wealthy husband, you spend most of the time reading about completely over the top happenings. And she doesn't just dust herself off and start over again. Nor was it all too humerous. The fact that any people would do such things and push th
The book follows the ups and downs in the life of Ivy Ames following her sacking from her high-flying New York job and the discovery of her husband's unfaithfulness. Ames sets up a consultancy helping Manhattan's rich and powerful get their beloved children into one of the top private kindergarten schools while juggling the lives and needs of her own 2 children, recently out of private school themselves, and a downsizing move to a less salubrious area of town.

This book is in the chick lit vein a
Jul 19, 2011 Monique rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
started out really well, but definitely went overboard in the middle...the end wrapped up quickly & i was happy it was finally over.
T.M. Franklin
Jul 10, 2014 T.M. Franklin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit
I picked up this book hoping for a fun, perhaps snarky, indictment of the super-rich, but was sorely disappointed. I found Ivy, the main character, amoral, whiny, and highly unlikable. I kept reading in hopes that she would somehow redeem herself in the end, but again was disappointed.

The internal monologue was ridiculous, the love scenes cringeworthy, and the book sometimes flip-flopped between past and present-tense.

The quotes on the cover promised a laugh - or at least a smirk - but I didn'
Nov 04, 2012 Fiona rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this in a few days, I loved her previous book "Wife in the fast lane" so was really looking forward to this and was not disappointed.
Ivy has just lost her job in a ruthless merger of her company, her husband has been unemployed for a few months and it is she that is holding all together, the final straw comes when she discovers her husband in bed with her colleague's wife and she realises things have to change. No longer can she afford to keep the kids at private school and she must move do
Apr 27, 2012 Rachel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Janet Morris
This was a pretty good book. It was yet another book that I had never heard of before spotting it on the bookshelf at the local library. It was quite a bit better than many of the books I find that way, and many that I've heard of beforehand.

The characters are interesting, though many aren't sympathetic. Of course, I don't think that they're supposed to be considered sympathetic, since this book is clearly pointing out the spoiled nature of the private school system and what a life of privilege
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