SMALL ADMISSIONS: REVIEW OF A NOVEL

This debut novel by Amy Poeppel, published in 2016, is the funniest thing I’ve read since The Rosie Project. It started at such a fast pace with such catastrophic events that I had to catch my breath by the end of the second chapter. It is F-U-N-N-Y!  We meet Kate, a grad student, after her horrendous breakup with Robert, Chloe’s Parisian cousin, as Kate accepts a job as an admissions counselor at a prestigious Manhattan prep school. It is the height of the admissions season, and the craziness abounds.  Soon we meet Angela, Kate’s older, Miss-Always-Perfect, a “told-you-so” sister.  What happens to her during the story, which spans a year, is humorous as well. The “Trio,”of friends, Kate, Vicki and Chloe, round out the cast of main characters.

Kate’s jaw-droppingly-funny interview lands her the job, and the frantic pace is on.  The story runs from August through the following July, with all the ins and outs of the school year: legacy parents, well-to-do parents, desperate parents. There is a good story line throughout, although it jumps around as to  whose point of view each chapter is from, but keep reading… the speaker will reveal herself, and the read is worth it! Part of the plot is divulged through Kate’s interview notes, letters from parents and/or students and Kate’s replies, and there is enough variety to keep the reader interested. The middle school aged children are “…suitable, wildly unsuitable, charming, loathsome, spoiled beyond all measure.” Their lives are the ones up for grabs, although the adults in the story are the ones who have mishaps, misunderstandings, and generally conduct themselves like middle school students.

Since Poeppel once worked in the admissions office of a “prestigious, independent

school, “she must know whereof she speaks, and the result is a funny, funny read.

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Author: Rae Longest

This year, I will have been a member of AAUW (American Association of University Women) for fifty years, a life time member (which means my fellow AAUW members will begin to pay my annual dues. (ha ha) In the 80's we began a book group to share our love of reading, books,and fellowship with other women and girls who loved the same. We resurrected the group on-line in September of 2015 and went on from there (See "Introduction",first blog). This is my first experience at blogging or publishing anything and is becomes more fun with each blog posted. I am currently teaching as an adjunct at The University of Houston Clear Lake. This makes my 27th year there after three years at Alvin Community College and an almost-twenty year career as a classroom teacher with Alvin Independent School District. Reading and writing are "in my blood" just like teaching is. I hope you enjoy the blog.

5 thoughts on “SMALL ADMISSIONS: REVIEW OF A NOVEL”

    1. Our 80 degree weather is dropping drastically and fast with thunderstorms on the way (even under a tornado watch)…and yesterday was so pretty. I’m glad I got out and about yesterday. Today will be a good day to read at home. Thanks for stopping by.

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      1. Oh my goodness – stuck in the throes of a British winter I can no longer IMAGINE what 80 degrees feels like. Though you can keep the thunderstorms and tornado. Hope you are hunkered down and stay safe:(.

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