Book Review – Small Admissions 

Book Title:  Small Admissions

Author: Amy Poeppel
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books

Blurb: 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

MY THOUGHTS. 



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.

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4 Books On My TBR List This Month. 

Hey beautiful people!

Today is a public holiday here in Nigeria as yesterday was our 57th Independence anniversary and we’ve basically not done much as the weather has been crap.

I spoke about getting a job in the last post. It was pretty impromptu. A friend told me about the hospital hiring about two days before I went there for an interview. Started work the next day.

It all happened so fast. Lol

It’s been going okay I guess. Not so busy ( Thankful for this). In fact, I am still able to read books/listen to podcasts when the place is quiet. The hospital has an Assisted Conception Unit so most of the patients we see are ObGyn patients but we still see regular patients. Common cases are Malaria, Gastroenteritis, Threatened Miscarriage, Incomplete Miscarriage, Allergies, Upper respiratory Tract Infection, Pelvic inflammatory Disease. We also do ObGyn surgeries/procedures – Manual Vaccum Aspiration, Cervical cerclage to Myomectomy, Hysterectomy, Caesarean section e.t.c.
I swear I was going to talk about books but here we are!

Books I read in September: I read The Reading Group – Elizabeth Noble which I reviewed here. I also read Stay With Me – Ayobami Adebayo, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine- Gail Honeyman, Hello Sunshine – Laura Dave and The Sun is also a star – Nicola Yoon.

Safe to say my reading habit is now on fleek. It’s funny because I put zero pressure on myself. I had a lot of free time and I really enjoyed these books so it was easy to read 5 books last month. I read Hello Sunshine in like 3days. It was that good. Stay with me was pretty intense. I had to take breaks because it was just too much to handle all at once.

I’m currently reading Mrs. Fletcher – Tom Perrotta.


I should be done reading it in a couple of days. Hopefully! I’m lowkey tired of reading it but I am still looking forward to seeing how it ends.

Books I plan to read this month. (ALL E-BOOKS)

1. Little Fires Everywhere -Celeste Ng



2. Fool Me Once – Harlan Coben



3. Small Admissions – Amy Poeppe
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4. Small Great Things – Jodi Picoult 


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The Reading Group – Elizabeth Noble| Review-ish 

Hey! 

How’s it going?


So I started reading this book a week ago! I was ready to drop it after a couple of hours because it was so bleh to me. I thought it was a bit boring but I decided to just continue and see whether I’ll eventually get into it because that happens sometimes. 

Surprisingly, that happened. I fell in love with the characters in the book. Although They’re so different and their struggles  are so complicated and different, I felt something reading it.


First of all, I love the idea of a reading group especially among friends as it is an opportunity to do something outside your regular activities and gist as well and if you know me well, you know I love gist. 

The book is basically about 5 women in a reading group and their lives. They meet once a month to discuss a book they’ve all read. (I really like some of the books they chose and might just go look for how to get and read them) Most times they get distracted by gist/real life issues but that made it feel real. For some of them it was a way of escape from their lives. They were dealing with infidelity, abortion, loss of a relative, infertility and so much more. 

This isn’t supposed to be a book review. It was just supposed to be about some parts of  the book I read and really liked but here we are! 

The point where Harriet and Nicole were talking and Harriet felt like she married the wrong person, settled for less. She always felt like there was something or someone better for her out there. 

I feel like, it’s like you reach a certain age and you choose the person you’re going to marry and you marry them and get membership to this club, and it’s a really nice club and you like all the other members, and you get to have a nice house and clothes and holidays and stuff, and great friends and you have these babies and these are like wow- the best thing that ever ever happened to you, and you can’t believe how much you love them but at the end of the day, when they’re in bed, and your friends have gone home and you’re sitting in your beautiful house, it stops being about all other stuff and it’s about that person you’ve chosen and only about them and they have to be the right person, because otherwise all of the other stuff doesn’t matter. 

 I was like damn sis. She literally has the best husband in the book but was too busy thinking the grass is greener on the other side. 

Harriet and Nicole had the best conversations tbh. I absolutely loved their friendship.

Here, Nicole was talking to Harriet about her serial cheater of a husband. She was the wife that kept forgiving him and felt that she was the problem. So terrible. 

Catching him in bed with that woman in Spain- well, it changed things for me. I think it changed me. It was like I could suddenly see things clearly. Like at that moment I realized it wasn’t my fault that Gavin is like he is. It isn’t because I’ve changed, or because something’s missing. It was never about me. It was about him having no strength, no willpower, no morals and, most of all, Harry having no love or respect for me.

I was like yassss sis. Finally! 

I genuinely enjoyed reading this book even if it took a while for me to really get into it.

I’d give this book a 3/5. Lol


I don’t have the e-copy of the book but I might be willing to lend my copy out to anyone interested. Emphasis on might. 

P.S – I got this book along with two other books for N1,000 somewhere in CMS. 

The weekend is over already! What did y’all do this weekend? Excited for the new week? 

We went to the beach yesterday and it was amazing. Expect a review on the blog soon but you can follow us on Instagram to see some pictures from our beach day! 
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Book Review| Furiously Happy

furiously-happy

Hey you guys! Hope everyone is doing good! This is my first book review and I’m not promising to do this often but I just had to do it because I love this book so much. I just love how real she is. Furiously happy is a non-fiction book about how Jenny Lawson (the author) deals with her mental health issues. Humor is definitely her defence mechanism and I love it.

‘A funny book about Horrible things’

She suffers from depression and anxiety and is not afraid or embarrassed to talk about them. ‘For most of my life I’ve battled depression, anxiety and a host of other disorders, but I wrote this book less as a manual on how-to-survive-mental-illness and more of a compendium on how-to-thrive-in-spite-of-your-brain-being-a-real-bastard.’

I knew I’d love the book after reading the series of disclaimer she wrote.

‘This is a funny book about living with mental illness. It sounds like a terrible combination, but personally, I’m mentally ill and some of the most hysterical people I know are as well. So if you don’t like the book then maybe you’re just not crazy enough to enjoy it. Either way, you win.’

Here are some of my favourite quotes from the book.
‘I write this mantra on myself every single time I have to get on stage or do a book reading. “Pretend you’re good at it.”

‘Surely the people naming anti-psychotics could have come up with something less hurtful. After all, we don’t call viagra the ‘floppy-dick pill’ and hardly any of us refer to anger-management therapy as ‘maybe-just-stop-being-such-an-asshole class’

‘Be happy in front of people who hate you. That way they know they haven’t gotten to you. Plus it pisses them off like crazy.’

‘Don’t sabotage yourself. There are plenty of other people willing to do that for free.’

I just love how open she is about it all and how she put herself out there talking about her embarrassing moments knowing the stigma associated with mental illness. I laughed a lot while reading this book. My sister had to ask a couple of times if everything was okay. Oh! and I love that she has a supportive husband! Thumbs up for great supportive partners!

P.S – She is a blogger! Check out her blog here!

You should definitely read this book. I was familiar with the mental illnesses because of my Psychiatry rotation in med school. Shout out to Dr. Benjamin.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to let me know if you want the ebook.  🙂

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