Overall: 89/100 or B
Freshman year at Harvard--glamorous parties, blossoming friendships, steamy romances, and scandalous secrets. Skip the campus tour and get right to the good stuff: classes are for scoping guys (and their Facebook profiles), not taking notes. The library is for study dates (the medieval history stacks get a lot of action), not studying. And success is a 4.0 GPA... plus getting into the most exclusive parties. How will Callie--a California girl with brains, beauty, and big dreams--and her three roommates survive? Get admitted to The Ivy, the first book in a provocative new series about the world of the Ivy League.
Callie is a pretty relatable character, because she wants to fit in at a place where a social structure has been established for years. I also like that she is excited for school and also very nervous. I love Mimi and her slacker attitude. Also the fact that she would randomly burst into speaking french. Vanessa's desire to please people annoyed the hell out of me and I wish that she would just disappear. I really like the secret society aspect of the Final Clubs that were such an important part of The Ivy. I also liked that the plot was fluffy and cute. It was also predictable like Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and Private series can be. I found that there was some originality with the fact that it was set in Harvard and not high school. That part brought more hijinks, parties, and other random fun to the book. Kunze and Onur make a great duo in The Ivy and create a unique voice for Callie. I think that this book is great for anyone that is looking for a cute, but fast read.