• Small Admissions

  • A Novel
  • By: Amy Poeppel
  • Narrated by: Carly Robins
  • Length: 9 hrs and 40 mins
  • 3.9 out of 5 stars (222 ratings)

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Small Admissions

By: Amy Poeppel
Narrated by: Carly Robins
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Despite her innate ambition and summa cum laude smarts, Kate Pearson has turned into a major slacker. After being dumped by her handsome French "almost fiancé", she abandons her grad school plans and spends her days lolling on the couch, leaving her apartment only when a dog-walking gig demands it. Her friends don't know what to do other than pass tissues and hope for a comeback while her practical sister, Angela, pushes every remedy she can think of, from trapeze class to therapy to job interviews.

For reasons no one (least of all Kate) understands, she manages to land a job in the admissions department at the prestigious Hudson Day School. In her new position, Kate learns there's no time for self-pity during the height of the admissions season. Meanwhile, Kate's sister and friends find themselves keeping secrets, hiding boyfriends, dropping bombshells, and fighting each other on how to keep Kate on her feet. On top of it all, her cranky, oddly charming, and irritatingly handsome neighbor is more than he seems.

Through every dishy, pause-resisting twist, it seems that one person's happiness leads to another's misfortune, and suddenly everyone, including Kate, is looking for a way to turn rejection on its head, using any means necessary - including the truly unexpected.

©2016 Amy Poeppel (P)2016 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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For fans of "Where'd You Go, Bernadette ?"

I wasn't a fan of WYG,B, and I thought this was similar in tone and humor. Unrealistic characters, some of them really unlikable. The narration was a bit too exaggerated, not sure if that's the narrator's choice or the directors. In any event, it cheapened this already silly story.

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Entertaining Romp

Witty, satisfying and intelligent story about twenty-somethings coming of age. Highly recommended!
A long car ride flew by.

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"I look dykey in a blazer"

Is a line from this book. Meant to be funny, cuz she's on a job interview. That line marked the end of my short & joyless ride.

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Rom Com

Ok if you like Rom Com otherwise predictable and lacking humor which usually makes Rom Com’s more endearing.

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I absolutely loved this book

This book was so great.It was funny and fun ,witty and well written.It had love,betrayal,crazy parents ,hilarious kids and if you know someone or are in a school system yourself you can so relate .I laughed and I loved the characters.It’s about family ,friendship,finding love and not letting well meaning and self indulgent parents break you or literally kill you .It’s a inside story joke but it’s real .Very entertaining,highly recommend.

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Hang in there. It's worth it.

When I started reading, thought it would be cliché. Glad I persisted, because it got a lot more interesting.

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No depth, like a worse version of gossip girl

Maybe this just wasn’t meant to be an audio book but the transition between characters was in no way smooth or easy to follow. Everything was cookie cutter and predictable. Sure the heroine hit adversity for the first time in her privileged life and let it ruin her so she gets a job to prove she’s more than scum. It’s a book version of a cheesy lifetime movie. No surprises, and just messy

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I dont get the hype

Got 3/4s of the way through & realized I didn't care about any of the characters at all or how the story was going to end. The main character was just bleh, her "friends" were awful, her sister was annoying. This one just didn't appeal to me at all, I don't get the hype.

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Narrator’s speech impediment distracting

This is a light hearted and uplifting story. Premise is clever.
I’d recommend it to anyone who likes a happy ending.
Can’t understand how someone who is unable to pronounce any “g” in words ending in “ing” is a narrator.
“Staying” becomes “stain”, “marrying”, “marryene”, etc.
Better to read this book.

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Small Actions

I picked this story because I have also worked in admissions, and I was interested to see what the stories of the prospects would be like. This book certainly didn't disappoint on that score. The prospies are definitely the most entertaining part of this novel. With an ensemble of characters and told in a piecemeal kind of way, the story pieces itself together over time--and it's waiting for the next piece that gets you hooked. My favorite part of the story was when Nancy and her husband, Sam, I think, go to the therapist's office in the January chapter and replay their interview. I laughed and squealed throughout the whole scene, and it was after that that I realized I was hooked. With regard to the audio portion, I was put-off by Carly's squeaky high-pitched voice for both Kate and Chloe--I had a hard time distinguishing between who was saying what in any scene where Kate and Chloe were talking, or Angela and Vicky were talking because they sounded so similar. But Carly definitely had a range and set up pacing that made it easy to distinguish between all the other characters. Her Robert was totally spot on. Not sure who I would recommend this to except for former colleagues in admissions--or friends that like Madeline Wickham novels. It's that kind of bubble gum sweet.

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