Book Title: The Ivies
Author: Alexa Donne
Published by: Crown
Published on: May 25th, 2021
Genre: Dark Academia/Murder Mystery/YA
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Enroll in this boarding school thriller about a group of prep school elites who would kill to get into the college of their dreams…literally.
Everyone knows the Ivies: the most coveted university in the United States. Far more important are the Ivies. The Ivies at Claflin Academy, that is. Five girls with the same mission: to get into the Ivy League by any means necessary. I would know. I’m one of them. We disrupt class ranks, club leaderships, and academic competitions…among other things. We improve our own odds by decreasing the fortunes of others. Because hyper-elite competitive college admissions is serious business. And in some cases, it’s deadly.
Murder and mystery set in high schools and colleges have become the IT thing in recent years. I mean, in books 🙂 It used to pique my interest, after all, thrillers come under my favourite reading forte. But did this book let me down? Read on to find out more.
🔥🔥🔥“Keep your enemies close.”
This is a high school drama about rich kids who would go to any extent to get whatever they want.
Set in a posh and elite school, Claflin Academy, Avery, Emma, Olivia, Margot, and Sierra are the group of popular teen girls collectively known as the Ivies. These ruthless yet pretty girls have one goal in common: that is to get into on of the Ivy League colleges. They have mutually agreed to apply to different Ivy schools, obviously to up their chances of acceptance and thus, having their dreams come true.
But on the early decision day, it is revealed that Emma had secretly applied to Harvard and gotten accepted wherein, she was supposed to apply to a different school according to their pact. Avery, the Regina of the group was to get into Harvard, and knowing this, she blames Emma and confronts at a party.
Olivia watches this in the sidelines and is equally worried because she too had applied for Harvard and had got in. The next day morning, Emma is found dead.
Who would have murdered Emma? Can Avery go to the extent of murdering someone to get into an Ivy school?
🔥🔥🔥”I guess I’m a bitch, too. It’s an unfortunate side effect of being an Ivy.”
I expected a lot of drama, given that this was a YA murder mystery, that too set in a boarding school. And it didn’t disappoint me in that way because it gave me a mix of Gossip Girls and Mean Girls vibe. The gang gives a whole bitchy aesthetic.
The best part is that each of the girls had their own unique characters and through the police investigation their personality is revealed. As they say, it is like an onion. The more layers you peel, the more it stinks.
The story moves at a steady pace and the characters are quite interesting. There are a bunch of twists and turns in every other chapter or so and it will keep you engrossed. Having said that, if you are into thrillers like me, you will be able to figure out each of these twists and the whodunnit. So, for me, it fell flat.
Also, the reason for the murder? Utterly ridiculous!
I just wish it was crispier because there were a lot of red herrings which was not required. Maybe, if the book is converted into a Netflix series, it has more scope.
Just an okay forgettable book!
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In a gist, here’s what you can expect from this book.
💫Rich Girls Drama 💫Murder mystery 💫Forgettable plot
If you are into rich people drama and a twisty mystery, then this book is for you. Sadly, I think I have outgrown this troupe.
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