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3.69  ·  Rating details ·  2,082 ratings  ·  641 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 s
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 1st 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. ...more
Nilufer Ozmekik
May 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is my record time of reading: My hands were glued to my e-reader and my mind is already conquered with the family scandal. I was truly book thirsty wild literature animal and I was invested from the beginning.

When I read the plot about: college admissions bribery scandal and B- lister Hollywood celebrity Joy Field’s arresting: I think I’m reading a story about Lori Loughlin’s trial case. There are too many things in the book are similar with the actress’ real life story including being B
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Like other pretentious people on the internet, one of my favorite things to do is watch TED talks. That was how I found out about Jon Ronson and his many fascinating discussions on internet shaming. The video I watched was called How one tweet can ruin your life , but he also has a book about the subject as well, and it's all about the pile-on effects of internet vigilantism and how a single misstep can result in devastating consequen
Emily May
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
I think that Admission missed out on a lot of opportunities to offer a complex and nuanced - and, ultimately, more interesting, in my opinion - story based on the 2019 Admissions scandal, instead becoming a fairly basic examination of rich girl privilege.

There were a lot of ways the author could have approached Chloe's story. She could have explored the suffocating experience of having your parents micromanage your life, believing in your own capabilities so little that they resort to buying you
3 stars 

Admission is a story about a high school senior named Chloe. Chloe has a somewhat famous mother, a great dad, and is living her best life in a lot of ways. She finally has the attention of her long time crush, and she has a great best friend. If it wasn’t for the pressure of her college applications, she’d have it made.

Chloe isn’t the best student, and it looks like all of her dream schools are out of reach. Her mom hires an admission coach to help her get into the college of her drea
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 chil ...more
Larry H
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Julie Buxbaum's new YA novel, Admission , is a fictional look at the recent college admissions scandal.

Chloe doesn’t love school. She enjoys spending time with her friends and all the perks of going to an exclusive private school, but schoolwork doesn’t come easy to her, and her grades and SAT scores reflect that. She doesn’t know what she wants out of life or if she even wants to go to college.

Her mother is a B-list television actress and her dad is a wealthy businessman, and they want Chloe
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
I received a copy of this title via NetGalley. It does not impact my review.

Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard about the big College Admission Scandal. Many wealthy parents, including a couple celebrities, used a “consultant” to cheat their kids into prestigious colleges. Admission is an account of a fictional family facing the fall out. However, if you’re hoping for more emotional insight than you’ve seen on the news – or that Lifetime Channel movie – then you’re going to be a little d
Jen Ryland
I love Julie Buxbaum's books - they are entertaining but also have great characterization and emotion. I think she could take pretty much any situation and find the humanity in it.

Did this book make me feel uncomfortable in the way that I think it should have? I'm still not sure.

Admission is a book about the college admissions scandal that broke in the spring of 2019. The story that the book tells feels ripped from the headlines down to the tiniest details. Chloe's (the main character's) mom wa
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Admission was an interesting book. I wont lie to you at one point I was a bit bored with everything. Especially when it came to the little flashbacks because this point.. all of Chloe's "friends" ghosted the shit out of her or left her completely alone. So yeah, I didn't really care about her crush and how things were kind of going her way.. when they really weren't.

Other than that, Chloe was an okay character. Not the brig
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it

Money makes you weak because it tricks you into thinking you’re strong

Sometimes authors surprise you. I had labeled Julie Buxbaum as someone who wrote cute YA contemporaries, but with her new release, that mindset has been totally eerased from my mind. Admission is definitely not a cute YA novel, it delves into topics that need to be adressed
Chloe Berringer often complains that her life lacks colour, there are no adventures in her life and nothing out of the ordinary. But when the FBI knocks
Kari Ann Sweeney
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, ya
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 resis
Feb 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Five GLORIOUS stars. I loved this so much! Julie Buxbaum is a YA Queen, and her latest installment did not disappoint. She dove into the story of the college admissions scandal and somehow made it a coming-of-age family drama that sucked me in from the first page and didn’t let go until I had flown through the whole thing. The alternating timelines between pre- and post-scandal was a really nice plot device that kept the story moving, and really gave her the opportunity to show our characters’ g ...more
This was a fun one. I love reading about scandals, especially when they involve rich people being stupid. So when I found out that a well-regarded YA author had written a fictionalized version of the Varsity Blues college admissions scandal, I decided to give it a try.

Buxbaum has taken many elements from the Lori Laughlin part of the scandal: the mom is a beloved B-list actress, and the older daughter loves makeup and parties and isn't that interested in school. But she has woven in details fro
Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
Its gonna be a no from me.

I had a tough time getting into this story. I thought that Chloe was naive to the point of frustration so it made it hard for me to feel sorry for her even though nothing happening was entirely her fault. But her entitled parents and wishy-washy friends left a sea of unlikeable characters and no one for me to latch onto. The story was okay and fun in 'ripped-from-the-headlines' sort of way, but I fear that I'm liking each of Julie Buxbaum's books less and less.
Dec 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, read-audiobook
I was really hesitant to pick this up. Why would I want to read a story about white privilege and entitlement inspired by the college admissions scandal? Am I supposed to feel sorry for them? Yeah, cry me a fucking river.

But I loved the last book I read by Julie Buxbaum so I took a chance and put my trust in the author. And she didn’t let me down. This absolutely IS a story of white privilege and entitlement. But it’s also a story about family, insecurity, mistakes, consequences and being a par
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
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I really wanted to like this one! I am a huge fan of college admissions in general, and I found the USC admissions scandal to be really interesting. I thought that this book would offer a unique spin on that, but I don't think it was for me. Please note that I only read about 40% of this book, so my opinions do not reflect the rest of it. However, I do feel as if I did read enough to develop an opinion about the beginning and overall trajectory of the novel.

The entire firs
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 mysel
Jan 07, 2021 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve decided that it was ultimately irresponsible of me to finish this book, and for the author to write it, and the publisher to publish it, etc.

the author: there are better things to write about than a redemption arc for some poor little rich girl.

publishers: there are better things to publish and give a platform to than a redemption arc for some poor little rich girl. like, for instance, marginalized authors and stories. or practically anything else.

myself: there are better things to read
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

This one was interesting for me, being as though I've just recently gone through the college admissions process with my own daughter. Ms. Buxbaum obviously received inspiration from the recent admissions scandal that rocked the USA, and flipped it in a YA fiction that probably has more than a little basis in fact.

I don't normally do YA, I'm a pretty big fan of romance and this was definitely a different read for me.
Renee (itsbooktalk)
Dec 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Admission was the perfect book to jumpstart my reading and when I saw @justjuliawhelan was the narrator it was a no brainer to decide to listen to this one. ⁣

This is a fictional account of the college admission scandal involving Lori Loughlin and others and the family at the center of this story will definitely remind you of the Loughlin’s. I was immediately pulled into the drama of Chloe Wynn Beringer, the teenage daughter caught up in the whirlwind scandal when her parents are accused of frau
Lori Palmer (Palmer's Page Turners)
I was super excited to get my hands on this one! First, because I'm a huge fan of Julie Buxbaum, and second, I've worked in college admissions for the last fifteen years. I work at a mid-sized public university--so it's no where near as selective as schools listed in this book, but this book was very accurate to how selective Ivy League schools are. I always get excited when books talk about the college admissions process. This one was extra entertaining since Buxbaum got her idea for this book ...more
Jan 13, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya
Something Weird Is Going On: Who Did Aunt Becky Bribe? By Felicity Huffman. With Dwight Schrute.
Fizah(Books tales by me)
Dec 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-read
Actual Rating 2.5

“People forget that about novels. It’s not our job to like our main character. It’s our job to try to understand them. Let’s be honest, most people are deeply unlikeable.”

It was one of my anticipated book of the year. I mean look at the cover and synopsis.

Chloe is a high school senior and daughter of a B list Hollywood celebrity. Her best friend is struggling financially so she is looking for a school which will give her full scholarship, and she really deserves it. Chloe’s othe
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***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 weren’t good enough?

Chloe believes her low self-esteem is warranted. After her actress mom is arrested for f
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 schoo
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.

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
Christi Flaker
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ripped from the headlines...Lori L---I mean Joy Fields is a middling to low B lister who reached stardom on an old sitcom, maintained fame through Hallmark movies and is moving back into the light (maybe getting to B+ level) with an upcoming reboot of the sitcom on Netflix. Her daughter, Chloe is a senior at an elite private high school and is in the bottom half of her class. She is looking at college options and feeling a sense of shortcoming compared to her best friend and boyfriend. Her paren ...more
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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). She’s 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. Julie’s writing has appeared in various publications, includ ...more

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