The Admissions brilliantly captures the frazzled pressure cooker of modern life as a seemingly perfect family comes undone by a few desperate measures, long-buried secrets - and college applications!
The Hawthorne family has it all. Great jobs, a beautiful house in one of the most affluent areas of Northern California, and three charming kids with perfectly straight teeth. And then comes their eldest daughter's senior year of high school....
Firstborn Angela Hawthorne is a straight-A student and star athlete with extracurricular activities coming out of her ears and a college application that's not going to write itself. She's set her sights on Harvard, her father's alma mater, and, like a dog with a chew toy, Angela won't let up until she's basking in crimson-colored glory. Except her class rank as valedictorian is under attack, she's suddenly losing her edge at cross country, and she can't help but daydream about the cute baseball player in English class. Of course Angela knows the time put into her schoolgirl crush would be better spent coming up with a subject for her term paper - which, along with her college essay and community service hours, has a rapidly approaching deadline.
Angela's mother, Nora, is similarly stretched to the limit, juggling parent-teacher meetings, carpool, and a real estate career where she caters to the mega-rich and super-picky buyers and sellers of the Bay Area. The youngest daughter, Maya, still can't read at the age of eight; the middle child, Cecily, is no longer the happy-go-lucky kid she once was; and the dad, Gabe, seems oblivious to the mounting pressures at home because a devastating secret of his own might be exposed. A few ill-advised moves put the Hawthorne family on a heedless collision course that's equal parts achingly real and delightfully screwball.
©2015 Meg Mitchell Moore (P)2015 Random House Audio
"Every once in a while I read a book so good that the quality of my entire life improves. The Admissions...is a fun, fast-paced, completely engrossing tale." (Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times best-selling author of Beautiful Day and The Matchmaker)
"The Admissions is a smart, hilarious, compelling novel about college applications, suburban scandals, and risky secrets." (Jennifer Close, New York Times best-selling author of Girls in White Dresses)
"Meg Mitchell Moore takes aim at the emotional mayhem of an upscale West Coast family who wants the American dream writ large. This novel is achingly real and delightfully cheeky." (Sally Koslow, author of The Widow Waltz and Slouching Toward Adulthood)
Nicely woven contemporary fiction on how the members of an affluent California family strive for perfection, and the unfortunate means they choose to achieve it.
Engrossing listen as well: the story grabs you from the start and the pace keeps intensifying as the characters reap the consequences of the questionable choices they have made.
The author uses of this story to shine a light on the perils of our culture's obsession with success, with being the best. Getting into the most prestigious college; attaining the most impressive job; becoming a slave to the practice of success in all forms. It's demented.
Well worth the credit.
None. They were all too dragged out.
The author wandered off constantly. A character would ask a question and the author wandered so far off point you forgot what the question was. Sorry was exhausting to listen to. Only got halfway through the book and by that point I didn't even care what happened. Very disappointed because this looked like a good story.
I made myself finish this one. It touches on the plight of the 'everyone gets a trophy' generation but the meandering side stories just muddied an already slogging plot. I love pretty much everything I read... Well except this and the ending of Gone Girl of course.
lover of books
No, I would not listen to it again but I did enjoy listening to it the first time.
The confrontation between the eldest daughter Angela and her father, Gabe.
Sarcasm, diverse, mildly annoying.
All parents of young children, learn from Nora & Gabe's mistakes.
I struggled with the narrators tone, which was mildly sarcastic ALL THE TIME. It was a bit too much, but then I became immersed in the plot and was able to tune that out.
Awwww! Just finished listening to this little gem and I am sad to see these characters go! I found it interesting to learn about the pressures teens today are under as well as what it may be like to be a realtor or live in the San Francisco Bay Area. I even learned a few things about Irish dancing :-) this book kept my interest right up until the end!
No it just helped me read it faster.
For me there were several but If I have to choose I'd say the midnight visit the mom makes to a former client's home.
Nora, the mother.
I laughed several times.
Enjoyable and entertaining.
This book was LONG...maybe too long for me to have listened to. Lots of details that likely could have been excluded to pair it down a bit. For example: the story starts out with Nora in a tizzy because a security officer from the Golden Gate Bridge calls her and tells her to come immediately. You aren't given any idea as to why he's calling, if something bad has happened, or to whom. Then the story goes back in time three months to gain the context that lead to this event. Well, to be honest, by the time I got BACK to the part about the officer calling Nora, I had completely forgotten this is how the book started. I had to re-listen to the first chapter to give myself a reminder. Soo much happened from point A to point X that I couldn't remember how to get to point Z.
Overall, it was slow. The whole thing. Very slow. The end was good, yes, but nothing mind-blowing. I didn't find myself wanting to listen to this on my rides - it kept me entertained while I was listening but really, there was nothing going on to leave me on the edge of my seat wanting more. I'm not going to bump this one up to 4 stars just because the ending was satisfying because overall it was just ok.
With a step daughter leaving for college in the fall, this book really showed me her side of her stressful senior year. Great story with twists you done see coming.
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