The Ivy by Lauren Kunze with Rina Onur
This irresistible book had me sucked in by the first page. Really!!! Although it’s basically a chick book like the Gossip Girl series, the main character is a California blond who’s beginning her freshman year at the most prestigious of all the ivy league schools–Harvard. And she doesn’t fit in at all. Although Callie definitely has the brains and grades to be at the school, she didn’t go to one of the New York prep schools, doesn’t wear pearls to the dining hall, and doesn’t dress in designer clothes. In fact, she wears jeans, t-shirts and rubber thongs to her first week orientation activities! In contrast, Callie’s three roommates couldn’t be more different from her. Mimi’s from France , looks like a model and seems to wake up with a different boy each morning. Preppy Vanessa dresses in designer duds, and seems to be consumed with finding the hottest boy on campus to brand as her own territory. Lastly, there’s Dana, the devout fundamentalist Christian from Goose Creek, South Carolina who doesn’t even think girls should date in college. Add to this the fact that Callie’s longtime boyfriend Evan breaks up with her in a text message during first week of classes, and you can see that the drama in this quick book will be nonstop.
The writers (both recent Harvard grads themselves) take humorous look at various aspects of the ivy experience, from the Final Clubs (secret societies) to the over-the-top parties to the excessive competition to write for one of the school publications. I have to admit that I could not put this book down until I finished reading it. It’s not my usual type of genre, but Callie and the whole ivy league college experience, yes I know it is unrealistic, captivated me immediately. I can’t wait for the sequel to come out! I recommend this to teen readers who are fans of Gossip Girl, the Clique books, and stories with a lot of drama.