Author: Meg Mitchell Moore
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Length: 305 pages
Angela Hawthorne is an overachiever, currently her class valedictorian and doing everything in her power to remain in that competitive position. She has a close-knit, upper-middle class family comprised of her parents and two younger sisters. All of them are affected by the stress Angela is under during her senior year as she begins the college application process.
It also delves into some of the secrets they all carry, so they can continue to perpetuate the image of the perfect American family. Most of the book takes place during the fall while Angela is applying to Harvard, her top choice.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a light read that I had a difficult time putting down. Plus there was light-humor integrated throughout. I especially enjoyed some of the random thoughts and observations, Nora, the mother would frequently make.
The author did an excellent job telling the story from multiple points of view: Angela, Nora (mother), Gabe (father), and Celily (10-year-old sister).
Although this book is classified as contemporary fiction, I believe many teenagers would enjoy it since the focus is a seventeen-year-old girl applying to college. A teen may also enjoy getting inside the head of the parents. As a mom, I would be comfortable letting my teen read it, but parents may wish to know there is one insignificant scene with underage drinking and several mentions of students using Adderall to help them study.
I am a member of two book clubs, and we read a variety of genres. Plus, as a Young Adult author, I am constantly reading YA books to improve my writing.
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