Book Title: Small Admissions
Author: Amy Poeppel
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
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 fiance,” 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, page-turning 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.
It’s basically about Kate Pearson who everyone seems to be worried about having dealt with a rough break up that turned her life upside down that had her on her couch feeling sorry for herself until she had to get herself together – Her sister practically forced her to go for a job interview and she surprisingly got the job in the admission department at this prestigious school in New York.
I read this book in two days because I found it hard to stop reading. It’s the kind of book you sleep late reading even when you know you have to go to work early the next day.
I love that it’s not so serious, quite relatable and hilarious.
Kate Pearson is effortlessly and annoyingly lovable. I found myself randomly laughing while reading this book. Lmao I had to give the ‘It’s this book I’m reading’ talk a lot.
I also liked Kate’s sister Angela who is borderline obsessed with trying to make sure Kate is okay and constantly trying to take care of her. I mean, I guess it’s not a bad thing but at some point it was like damn sis! We get it.
I loved reading this book so much. Absolutely loved the style of writing.
Here are some of my favorite quotes:
“Takes initiative to pull out of a depression; you have to do something about it, like see a psychiatrist.”
“Dress the part, sound the part. They’ll figure you are the part.”
“Kate had been hijacked by a fictional version of herself: a girl who didn’t take it all so seriously, a girl who was experiencing life instead of studying it, a girl who ran away. The scariest part of all was that she bought this bullshit fantasy so completely, that when the possibility of it was taken away, she had no idea who she was anymore.”
“Breakup stories bore the shit out of me. If you meet a new man, I’m happy to listen, but I look forward, not back.”
“…even therapists need therapists from time to time.”
“Happiness is not a zero-sum game. It’s the only case in which the resources are limitless, and in which the rich can get richer at no expense to anyone else”
I’d give this books a 4/5.
So I’ve read 3 out of the 4 books on my TBR list. Wow.
Work is a bit annoying but it’s better than being idle at home sha.
How’s your week going?
What book are you currently reading ?