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Small Admissions

3.83  ·  Rating Details ·  710 Ratings  ·  171 Reviews
For fans of The Nanny Diaries and Sophie Kinsella comes a whip-smart and deliciously funny debut novel about Kate, a young woman unexpectedly thrust into the cutthroat world of New York City private school admissions as she attempts to understand city life, human nature, and falling in love.

Despite her innate ambition and Summa Cum Laude smarts, Kate Pearson has turned int
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published December 27th 2016 by Atria/Emily Bestler Books
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Chelsea Humphrey
Jan 07, 2017 Chelsea Humphrey rated it it was amazing
Guilty Pleasure. Those are the two words I’d use to describe this book. I stated in my brief, immediate thoughts after finishing this one how I rarely give Chick Lit 5 stars, but I stand by my opinion that this one is worth every star. It might appear similar to many other fluffy, girly, mindless reads out there; I’m not claiming this to be a deep read, but it is different in quite a few ways which I’ll tackle below. This was the perfect beach read, which is why I went ahead and devoured it now ...more
Larry Hoffer
Jan 13, 2017 Larry Hoffer rated it really liked it
I'm between 3.5 and 4 stars, so I'll round up.

Sometimes after I've read a few fairly heavy or angsty books, I need to metaphorically cleanse my literary palate by reading something a little lighter. It doesn't necessarily have to be a humor book or utter fluff, but every now and then I like to seek out books that are lighter in tone, more straight-forward, something I can enjoy without having to tax my brain or my psyche too hard.

After the last few books I've read, I turned to Amy Poeppel's Sma
Jan 05, 2017 Sam rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016-reads
Small Admissions is an easy read, by turns occasionally smartly observed and amusing, but also thin, never penetrating far beneath the surface layers of its characters and situations. The novel centers around Kate, pulling herself from the despondency caused by a tough break up and academic failure. Kate is the fulcrum, and we orbit around her and the lives of her sister and college friends, and as she accepts a position in admissions at Hudson Day School, the lives of the privileged New York pa ...more
Theresa Alan
Oct 10, 2016 Theresa Alan rated it it was amazing
Kate has been in a slump since her boyfriend unceremoniously dumped her at the airport in Paris. Instead a new life in a new country, she returns to New York and becomes one with her couch and her sweatpants.

With the encouragement of her sister, Angela, Kate manages to get a job in the admissions office of a private elementary school.

This story is told in part from her friend Chloe’s point of view, and in part through letters and emails from parents who are going out of their minds trying to ge
Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog}
Dec 22, 2016 Grace {Rebel Mommy Book Blog} rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This book started off a bit rocky for me. It was in thethird person which I am not that big of a fan and it was just flat out a little confusing. I am so glad I stuck with it though because I really loved it!

After a devastating break-up, Kate hasn't been able to move on or well, move off her couch. The once smart motivatedSumma Cum Laude has takento Sex and the City reruns and not much else. Her friends and family are at a loss of what to do until her sister helps her get a job in theadm
Dec 26, 2016 Aoife rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free digital copy of this book from Simon&Schuster (ATRIA BOOKS) in exchange for an honest review.

Kate is in a funk after boyfriend dumps her and she's left with no love life, no job, no place to live and basically nothing is working out. Kate's sister Angela eventually pulls her together by getting her a job in the admissions office of a fancy school where Kate soon starts interacting with all manner of kids and parents and realising what she finally wants in life.

This was so g
3.5 stars

This took me a little bit to get into, but I ended up liking it a lot. I liked the look at friendships, and how when there are three it's rarely completely equitable and it's okay for some parts of a friend group to group apart and for some to stay together. I also really appreciated the look at someone who has a spectacular wipeout and that's okay. You don't always have to do what you thought you were supposed to when you were 18 and I value fiction that points that out.

Georgia Clark
Oct 27, 2016 Georgia Clark rated it it was amazing
A smart, sassy, sexy fiction debut about what life’s really like in New York’s most elite school.

Meet Kate, a formerly successful grad student successfully squandering her future thanks a broken heart (damn those Italian stallions). Through dumb luck she lands a job in the admission’s department at the elite Hudson Day School. Here, she’s thrown in the deep end of bratty kids and brattier parents vying desperately to get behind the educational velvet rope. This fabulous New York story careens j
Jenni Walsh
Aug 29, 2016 Jenni Walsh rated it it was amazing
Shelves: debutante-ball
I implore you, pour yourself a glass of wine and curl up with this book. Around 10% in is where I started snort laughing into my glass, and probably burned through hundreds of calories smiling and laughing throughout the book. The realizations of the cast of characters, as they each face their own drama, are done so well and each stream of consciousness is simply hysterical. And, my goodness does this book have rhythm. I found myself flying through the pages, reading passages aloud to my husband ...more
Jan 14, 2017 Andrea rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
3.5 Stars
This was just so stinking cute! Fun and funny, most certainly movie-material.
Dec 01, 2016 Kristy rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, ebook
Kate Pearson is going through a rough time. She's been dumped by Robert, her incredibly handsome French boyfriend, and she turned down a spot in her grad school program, so instead of living a dream life in Paris, she's living on the couch, barely able to wash her own hair. Her friend Chloe feels responsible (Robert is her cousin, after all), her friend Vicki is just annoyed (Vicki has no patience for wallowing), and Kate's older sister Angela just wants to fix everything. She connects Kate to a ...more
Thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate it!

This was a sheer delight.

At first, I didn’t think so at all… I’ll admit. So I urge anyone reading to give this time. Don’t immediately buy into the Kinsella-adjacent marketing. For one thing, Sophie Kinsella’s books are inherently about ‘wacky’ characters (who often do deeply stupid things for which they rarely take true responsibility), and for the most part – romance. This book is not really w
Crystal King
Sep 11, 2016 Crystal King rated it it was amazing
In the interest of full disclosure, Amy is one of my fellow 2017 Debutante Ball members ( I'm not sure if I would have stumbled across Amy's book on my own and for that, I'm especially glad for the opportunity to have read Small Admissions.

While the story weaves in and out of the cutthroat world of private school admissions in NYC (which is fascinating), the true heart of this story are the four women who are connected by blood, friendship and one bad boy (ex) boyfrien
Donna Davis
I received an advance reader’s copy of this darkly amusing novel from Net Galley and Atria Books. It’s funny as hell, and even more amusing to teachers, school counselors, and others that have dealt with high maintenance parents and the aura of entitlement they carry with them. I rate this title 4.5 stars and round upward. It comes out December 27, 2016, just in time to chase away your post-holiday depression.

I sat on this book for more than three months, which is a rare thing for me. I kept sta
Jan 18, 2017 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very funny and sweet book with satirical but relevant social commentary.
Jan 13, 2017 Regina rated it it was ok
2.5 stars rounded down. I just could not get onboard with the structure of this book. It was so jumpy and disjointed, mixing style and tense. The majority was in the third person, with a secondary character having first person narration here and there. And the secondary characters seemed so obsessed with the novel's heroine (using that label makes my eyes roll), that I was almost embarrassed to be part of such a nosy and gossipy gender.

I think the book would have been more successful for me had
Leah DeCesare
Jan 08, 2017 Leah DeCesare rated it it was amazing
A laugh out loud read!
I had so much fun reading SMALL ADMISSIONS and spending time with Kate as she found her footing again. Not only is this story entertaining, but it spotlights a cultural trend in helicopter parenting and takes it to a whole new level. Full of wit and empowering messages of self-belief, friendship, sisterhood and family - I highly recommend SMALL ADMISSIONS.
Sep 12, 2016 Lynn rated it it was amazing
I'm so lucky Amy Poeppel is a fellow Debutante Ball author and thus I had the opportunity to read an advanced version of Small Admissions.

Poeppel is hilarious. At first I wasn't sure what to make of the novel's characters who lead lives very different from my own (small town Colorado girl out here!), but it didn't take long for me to settle into this story which is full of characters who are as loveable as they are outlandish.

Pro tip: Don't read this book in public unless you want that awkward
Rae Colley
Jul 22, 2016 Rae Colley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
They say every author’s first book is an autobiography, so it should come as no surprise that Amy Poeppel, former admissions rep at a prestigious independent school, has written a novel about Kate, an admissions rep at a prestigious independent school. The wonderful surprise is that the “write what you know” bromide really must have something, because Poeppel’s book is full of warmth, humor, and piercing observations about the cutthroat world of prep school admission season.
Small Admissions is
Nov 14, 2016 Tracey rated it really liked it
This was a well written witty book with some characters I liked yet I didn’t if that makes sense. It was definitely a page turner which intrigued me.
Olivia-Savannah Roach
Jan 09, 2017 Olivia-Savannah Roach rated it really liked it
I wasn’t entirely sure what I was going in for when I decided to read and review Small Admissions. But I was pretty pleased and satisfied by the time I finished reading this book. Although it is centered around a school and the admissions process, it really is about family. Friendships, love, break ups, recovering from a funk… this book really covers it all.

What I had to like most about this novel was the brilliant character development we get to see from Kate. At the beginning, we really see he
Karen Germain
Dec 13, 2016 Karen Germain rated it liked it
Thank You to Atria Books for providing me with an advanced copy of Amy Poeppel's novel, Small Admissions, in exchange for an honest review.

PLOT - Kate Pearson's life is a mess. Her French boyfriend, who happens to be the cousin of one of her best friends, Chloe, has dumped her, and is dating Kate's other best friend, Vicki. They give a minimal effort to keep their relationship a secret. Although graduating at the top of her class from a prestigious university, Kate is crushed when she is fired f
Dec 28, 2016 Renee rated it liked it
3.5 stars
When we first meet Kate, she is living in a depressed limbo as a result of being recently dumped by her French boyfriend Robert. Not only is she depressed and unemployed, she's also been crashing at her sister Angela's who'd really like her to find her own place ASAP. You see, Angela has went into hyperactive helicopter mode, trying in vain and to no avail, to "snap" Kate out of her funk. To top it all off, their parents, being hippie academics, have decided to skip town and take an elo
Dec 19, 2016 Manda rated it it was amazing
For fans of The Nanny Diaries and Sophie Kinsella comes a whip-smart and deliciously funny debut novel about Kate, a young woman unexpectedly thrust into the cutthroat world of New York City private school admissions as she attempts to understand city life, human nature, and falling in love.

Despite her innate ambition and Summa Cum Laude smarts, Kate Pearson has turned into a major slacker. After being unceremoniously dumped by her handsome, French “almost fiancé,” she abandons her grad school p
Debi Lantzer
Dec 19, 2016 Debi Lantzer rated it really liked it
Shelves: frc2016
Today's book is one from the Booksparks 2016 Fall Reading Challenge, of which I have honored to be included. Today's book is from the December list and the "Course Title" for this book is "Keeping Up Appearances 101", and the Department is "Women's Fiction Studies".

Kate Pearson's life is a hot mess. Her boyfriend - almost fiance' and French and who happens to be the cousin of one of her best friends, Chloe, has dumped her. Not only has he dumped Kate, he's now dating her other best friend, Vicki
Jan 06, 2017 Kylie rated it liked it
A solid 3.5 star read, this tells the story about Kate, a very intelligent person who seems to have been completely destroyed by her break up with a French man. It also features as a side note her two college friends, and her sister. The sister, Angela, helps Kate get a job as an assistant admission administrator at a prestigious New York school, and she begins her journey back to health.

I enjoyed reading about the children and families applying for the school - sure it fell on to the stereotype
Jan 09, 2017 Ilena rated it really liked it
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This book pulls the reader into the fascinating world of private schools for the young and ambitious in cutthroat New York City. They are the schools that almost guarantee an Ivy League path for college, thus promising a ton of other opportunities and possibilities as an adult. And I can only imagine that it is a vicious cycle, where the kids also become the future neurotic parents of their own chi
Book Binge
Jan 10, 2017 Book Binge rated it really liked it
This book made it onto my radar when it came through in my email and I immediately added it to my review pile. I took my time getting around to reading it but then Grace over at Rebel Mommy Book Blog reviewed the book and I was super excited to start the book and I’m happy to report that I enjoyed it.

Kate Pearson is our main character and the story follows her and the people in her life from her family, her friends and the people she comes across every day at her new job as an admissions directo
Carrie Ardoin
When Kate Pearson graduated college and was all set to move in with her French boyfriend in Paris, it came as a hard shock when he decided that was the time to break things off with her. In the next months, she fell apart, spending most days on her sofa or bed, going days without showers, and generally being miserable. With the help of her sister and friend Chloe, she finally gets it together enough to land a job at one of New York City's most prestigious private schools as an admissions officer ...more
Dec 30, 2016 Bibliojunkies rated it liked it
Small Admissions is a delightful read. Granted you're delighting in someone's world gone bizzaro while her friends circle around her looking for ways to lift her spirits.

Even though the story is about Kate and her drastic meltdown, you don't get to meet her immediately. Instead, her two closest friends (Vicki and Chloe) and her sister (Angela) speak in cryptic terms about the circumstances surrounding her downward spiral. You'd think the sky had fallen and there was panic in the streets the way
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Amy Poeppel is a graduate of Wellesley College. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she lives with her husband and three sons in New York City, where she worked in the admissions department of an independent school. She workshopped a theatrical version of SMALL ADMISSIONS at the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit. She later expanded it into a novel.
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