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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  219 ratings  ·  159 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of Tell Me Three Things comes an of-the-moment novel that peeks inside the private lives of the hypercompetitive and the hyperprivileged and takes on the college admissions bribery scandal that rocked the country.

It's good to be Chloe Wynn Berringer. She's headed off to the college of her dreams. She's going to prom with the boy
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: May 5th 2020 by Delacorte Press
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Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Are you supposed to review your own book? I don't know? I'm probably supposed to play it cool, right? But here's the thing: I've never learned how to play it cool. I only know how to play it honest and a little too earnest. So the unvarnished truth: I love this book. (Also true, I might be a bit biased.) I loved writing this book. (This is a hard fact.) And, perhaps most of all, I very much hope you love this book even half as much as I do. Because if you did that would be very, very cool.
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
A thought provoking story about privilege, complicity, and accepting responsibility. Ripped from the headlines and loosely based on the recent college admission scandal. Julie Buxbaum does a good job of humanizing the story without making excuses. As a Parent who has gone through the college admission process twice in a very competitive California environment, I found the story to be telling, compelling, and relatable. The public schools in California are extremely hard to get into if your ...more
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
Very timely subject but I REAAAALLLY hope this book doesn't try to make apologies for people who cheat on their college admissions because no.
Kari Ann Sweeney
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read and loved all of Julie Buxbaum's YA novels and her latest, ADMISSION, is no exception. It is a thought provoking fictionalization based on the recent college admissions scandal. It is timely and relevant while still being compulsively readable.

The story is structured with an alternating pre and post scandal timeline. This format worked well in unraveling what it means to be complicit. It doesn't sugar coat the consequences or fallout. At the same time the story implores you to
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
What does it mean to be complicit?

This is basically the story of Lori Loughlin and the admissions scandal - a B-list, Hallmark and sitcom actress, her successful husband, and their 2 daughters gearing up for the college admissions process. I had not fully realized how competitive all college admissions - not just the Ivy Leagues - had become in recent years until the real admissions scandal mentioned USC more than once. USC here is very thinly veiled as UCC, right down to the colors of the
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
This book gives great insight into the ways privilege impacts the education system and how it further perpetuates racial and financial inequality in our country. I enjoyed the reflection on the college admissions scandal and the way the author tackled some very important social issues head-on.

While Buxbaum does a great job using her characters to illustrate that by willfully ignoring our privilege, we are part of the problem, I could not emotionally connect or root for any of them. I found
**Thank you to Netgalley and Random House Kids for the advanced review copy. This in no way affects my rating of the book**

Julie Buxbaum has been an autobuy author for me since I finished What to Say Next. She always manages to write characters who seem authentic and who suck the reader into the pages and refuse to let go until the last page. This book is no exception.

Chloe Wynn Berringer seems to have it all. She's the daughter of a sitcom television star, she lands the boy of her dreams, she
Laura Dvorak
Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it
This one was a big swing and a miss for me.

ADMISSION by Julie Buxbaum is a ripped-from-the-headlines fictionalization of the college admissions scandal. Chloe Berringer is an average student at a ritzy private high school in LA, and is the first to admit her academics and extracurriculars are nothing special. Her B-list celebrity mom (who reads very much like a cross between Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin) hires a college counselor, and the rest unfolds exactly as you've seen in the news.

Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
Unless you live under a rock, you've heard about the big College Admission Scandal. Admission is an account of a fictional family facing the fall out. However, if you're hoping for more insight than you've seen on the news - or that Lifetime Channel movie - then you're going to be a little disappointed. Full review to come.
Kari Ann Sweeney
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 2020
I have read and loved all of Julie Buxbaum's YA novels and her latest, ADMISSION, is no exception. It is a thought provoking fictionalization based on the recent college admissions scandal. It is timely and relevant while still being compulsively readable.

The story is structured with an alternating pre and post scandal timeline. This format worked well in unraveling what it means to be complicit. It doesn't sugar coat the consequences or fallout. At the same time the story implores you to
Liz Fenton
Mar 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
***Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a complimentary copy of ADMISSION by Julie Buxbaum in exchange for my honest review.***

5 HUMUNGOUS STARS achieved without any felonious cheating or bribery

What if you were an average high school senior among the elite? What if your younger sister, best friend and your not-so-secret crush were brainiacs who barely had to study? What if you knew you werent good enough?

Chloe believes her low self-esteem is warranted. After her actress mom is arrested for
Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley, Delacorte Press and Julie Buxbaum for a copy of this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

How far would you go for your kids? In this novel, Julie Buxbaum creates a fictional story based on the college admission scandal that hit the news recently. It's pretty obvious that it was inspired by Lori Loughlin and her family. It was interesting to see the fall out from the child's perspective and left me with a lot to think about. There's a lot to unpack in this story - white
Jen Petro-Roy
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, arc, ebook, 2020
So good! A total page-turner.
Mar 27, 2020 rated it liked it
I was extremely lucky to receive a digital ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affected my opinion of the book or the content of this review.

It's probably not a good thing when you go into a book expecting to hate the main character, but hear me out first. As you can probably figure out from the cover down below, this book handles the recent American college admissions scandal, where a lot of rich people bribed their way into getting their kids into
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Under all this lies the terrible quicksand of fear. What if they are right? What if it's true that we are terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad people? If I allow myself to dip my toes into that idea, that I am not actually the hero of my own story but a villain, I quickly find myself neck deep."

This YA novel imagines what it would be like to be a kid whose parents cheated and broke the law to get you into college. Told in the first person through 17-year-old Chloe's eyes, we bounce back and
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is like one of those cheesy pulled-from-the-headlines movies except its not cheesy its amazing! I devoured this book in the same way that I devoured all of the articles about Operation Varsity Blues when the whole thing exploded last year!

Youll love this book if:
you were fascinated and scandalized by the college admissions scandal
you like fictionalized stories based on true life drama
you like stories about a teen discovering who she is amidst a crazy and terrifying time in her
Feb 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
This timely young adult novel was inspired by the recent real life college admission scandal - narrator Chloe is the daughter of a (fictional) B list TV star, a middling student at a private school whose parents go to great lengths to try to get her into a better college than even she wants to go to. The book alternates between her mother's arrest and the months afterwards, and portions slowly revealing all the events that led up to it.

I have been a HUGE fan of Julie Buxbaum ever since I read
Lisa Schneider
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am not sure how I feel about this book, to be honest. On one hand, I love this author, and I love her writing. The writing is clean, the dialogue is great, the characters are decently developed, but..... I guess I just wasn't interested in the subject matter. It was a little too "ripped from the headlines" for me.

I enjoyed the insight into the privileged life style, the fact that it didn't gloss over racial and social inequality, and the fact that it held the perpetrators responsible.

I did
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Chloe has always known that she's not the smartest, so she's stunned when she's accepted into the highly-competitive Southern California College. It's true that she'd studied hard for the SAT and her rich and famous parents paid for her to have a private college admissions coach and tutor, but it still doesn't quite explain her success. When the FBI comes and takes her mother away as part of a national college admissions scandal, Chloe and her family are thrown into a new world of lawyers, ...more
Chelsea Baute
Mar 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Admission was just as juicy as the real college admission scandal. While @juliebuxbaum is clear that she was simply inspired by true events to weave this story, the similarities are definitely there. Admission is the story of Chloe Berringer. Shes a high school senior hoping to get into SCC. Her only problem? Shes not the best student and her SAT scores are less than stellar. Her parents make it their priority to get her into SCC whatever it takes. Admission was truly a ripped from the headlines ...more
Brenda Daun
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a free eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Julie Buxbaum does it again. She can write a flawed character like nobody's business. This timely story about a girl and her family becoming entangled in a college admissions scandal was intriguing and well-paced.

The flashes between life before and after the scandal provided context and made the characters seem more human. Even though they were wealthy and famous, they were still just a regular family. Chloe coming to terms
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
How far would a parent go to secure their child's future? Chloe is shell shocked when the police line her house and her mother, a former sitcom actress, is arrested-- the reason? She illegally paid Chloe's way into a college acceptance. Buxbaum's latest novel is based off of the infamous college admission scandals, exploring social and economical privilege. Chloe's journey is one that starts out blind to her safe lifestyle and grows into realization of a rigged system in favor of people like ...more
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
A big thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read this ARC by Julie Buxbaum. I had read Tell Me Three Things earlier this year and enjoyed it- and was looking forward to reading another book by her. As much as I enjoyed Tell Me Three Things, I think I liked this story more! To tell a story of rich and famous parents doing everything they could (including the illegal) to get their child into college is so timely. Chloe is such an interesting character, as well. While living in a perfect world ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was desperately hoping that Julie Buxbaum would not write a novel that ended up making the reader pity the people who have been responsible for the college admission scandals that have made the news over the past year and I feel that she very much delivered. Instead, I think she wrote a great novel revealing all of the stories for the many different parties involved. While our main character is Chloe, I feel like overall she is an unlikeable character. Shes vapid, extremely one dimensional, ...more
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
I picked this up because I found the real-life story that inspired it so interesting, with all of its moral implications. I was afraid at first, that I would find the characters insufferable, but I am happy to report that there was character growth throughout the book. Overall, I enjoyed it. I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
Michelle (MichelleReadsYA)
Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
This was fine? Chloe was made to be really stupid. But then would know all these complicated things about immigration and deportation and it didnt make any sense. She literally had no common sense and was oblivious to her own privilege. Also the character shola was only there to show chloe how much of an asshole she was and I didnt love it. ...more
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netg
Great take on the Hollywood Admissions scandal. I enjoyed that was told from the point of view as a teenager involved in it. I liked how it showed both sides of why the parents did it and how it effected their kids and kids of other economic groups.
Fabulous Book Fiend
Jan 27, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2020-reads, ya
A new Julie Buxbaum? Yes please!
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Julie Buxbaum is the New York Times best selling author of Tell Me Three Things, her young adult debut, What to Say Next, Hope and Other Punchlines, and Admission (pubs 5/5/20). Shes also the author of two critically acclaimed novels for adults: The Opposite of Love and After You. Her work has been translated into twenty-five languages. Julies writing has appeared in various publications, ...more

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