The Ivy (The Ivy Series #1)
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The Ivy (The Ivy Series #1)

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by Lauren Kunze, Rina Onur
     
 

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Congratulations! You have been admitted to the most prestigious university in the world. Now what are you going to do?

Callie Andrews may not have money or connections or the right clothes, and she may have way too many complications in her love life, what with—

Gregory
the guy she loves to hate ...

Evan
the guy she'd love to forget

Overview

Congratulations! You have been admitted to the most prestigious university in the world. Now what are you going to do?

Callie Andrews may not have money or connections or the right clothes, and she may have way too many complications in her love life, what with—

Gregory
the guy she loves to hate ...

Evan
the guy she'd love to forget ...

Clint
the guy she'd love to love ...

and Matt
the guy she really should love ...

—all vying for her attention.

But she has three fantastic roommates (best friends or her worst nightmare?) and a wholesome California-girl reputation (oops) and brains and beauty and big, big dreams.

Will it be enough to help her survive freshman year at Harvard?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Just because a novel is set at Harvard doesn't mean it has to be smart. Freshman Callie Andrews, a California transplant, feels out of place alongside her three archetypal roommates: religious Dana, worldly Mimi, and edgy Vanessa. After her high school boyfriend, Evan, breaks up with her via e-mail, he reveals a past indiscretion, which Callie is certain would ruin her should anyone find out. The roommates rally around Callie, bringing her to parties and offering shoulders to lean on, but misplaced crushes lead to further betrayals. Interspersed are dispatches from Alexis Thorndike, a snarky columnist for a university magazine Callie desperately wants to write for. First-time novelists Kunze and Onur, who themselves met at Harvard, ratchet up the tension when Callie begins dating Alexis's ex, making her a target for Alexis; a cliffhanger ending sets up the next installment of a planned four-book series. Entertaining but predictable, the authors' portrait of Crimson life is full of benders, hookups, and scandals, making this a guilty pleasure, but also an empty one. Ages 14–up. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Amanda MacGregor
California girl Callie thought that getting into Harvard was the hard part, but is surprised to learn that fitting in is even harder. Her roommates seem to belong to other groups already: French sophisticate Mimi hangs out with the foreign students, New Yorker Vanessa sticks with the prep school crowd, and studious and uptight Dana prefers to be alone. Before long, though, Callie makes friends, many of whom are cute boys that she may or may not be interested in. When she starts to date Clint, the ex-boyfriend of Lexi, the powerful editor of Fifteen Minutes Magazine (for which Callie hopes to write); Callie worries that she may have committed social suicide. Filled with hook-ups and gossip, this inside peek at Harvard life is fun but completely predictable. The characters are not fully fleshed out, often doing things that seem to come out of left field. The novel ends abruptly, setting the scene for a sequel (at the very least). Despite the uneven writing and repetitive plot, this debut novel will win over readers. The wide cast of characters keep this insider's look at life in the Ivy League moving along. Also, readers who like to read about characters older than themselves will enjoy the college setting. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—As one of the smartest students at her high school and a star soccer player, Callie Andrews is used to achieving everything that she sets her sights on, including acceptance to Harvard University. She leaves everything she loves—her parents, her best friend, her boyfriend—in California to follow her dreams in Massachusetts. There is a lot of smoking, drinking, drugs, and sex in the book; none of it is overly gratuitous and seems to fit in a story about kids leaving their adults behind to try their hand in the real world of higher education. Readers will get to know Callie as she navigates the tricky world of college with its rules (written and unwritten) regarding relationships, friendships, and memberships. Along the way, she deals with backstabbing best friends, upper-class girls who are out to get her, and feelings for a certain boy across the hall—not to mention that pesky sex tape that was made and distributed without her knowledge by her ex-boyfriend. This is a lighthearted and quirky read, and although the characters are a bit one-dimensional and an alcohol-poisoning situation is a bit glossed over, this is a good read for older teens.—Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library, OR
Kirkus Reviews

For Callie, getting into Harvard was easy, but fitting in is hard. The jeans-and-sweatshirts California girl finds herself thrust into a world of designer shoes and highly competitive extracurriculars. Guided by her chic roommates and new friends, Callie undergoes the rigorous audition system for one of Harvard's top social clubs and builds her portfolio for the Harvard Crimson. She also attracts a gorgeous upperclassman, but his ex-girlfriend is the one who decides whether Callie will make both the cut for the social club and the staff of the Crimson. Wicked games and salty dialogue abound as Callie transitions from laid-back mathematician to social climber. The characters possess all the nuance of a nor'easter, but readers will be too caught up in the action to notice. This first book in a series from two recent Harvard grads exposes a social side of Harvard that is just as competitive as its academics and has its own set of rules. Readers still in high school are sure to be intrigued by college politics and romances, not so dissimilar from their own but with much higher stakes. (Fiction. YA)

ALA Booklist
“Gossip Girls and A-Listers will enjoy the bonding, backstabbing, and sneak peek into some of Harvard’s secret social clubs.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061960451
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
08/31/2010
Series:
Ivy Series, #1
Pages:
312
Sales rank:
1,209,888
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

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Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur were roommates and best friends for all four years at Harvard. They graduated in 2008. They started collaborating on this book when they were juniors. They refuse to say how much of it is true.

Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur were roommates and best friends for all four years at Harvard. They graduated in 2008. They started collaborating on this book when they were juniors. They refuse to say how much of it is true.

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The Ivy (The Ivy Series #1) 3.3 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 218 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchased this as a nookbook because of an intriguing sample and some great reviews. However, I didn't love this book. It started out good, and I loved the extras-clips from Fifteen Minutes, a Harvard magazine, among other things-but things went down hill quickly. I genuinely liked Callie as the protagonist-and her crazy roommates- at first, but Callie soon got on my nerves as she made one bad decision after the other. Near the end I started to wonder why I was still reading the book. There was a lot of language, among other things, and I really didn't appreciate that and it really didn't add to the book. Some of the things that happened to Callie were enough to make me cringe and wonder why exactly they were included. You do feel for Callie, at least at first, but near the end, most of what's going wrong is entirely her fault, and I kinda wanted to yell at her. Some characters were also, in my opinion, rather neglected, which makes me kinda sad since I was expecting to see them more. The cliffhanger does make me somewhat interested in the next book, but not enough to buy it. If you want my opinion, I would think carefully before buying it.
RTeenbookworm More than 1 year ago
The Ivy is like a breathe of fresh air! From cute guys to feisty girls there's bound to be drama. I'd never read any YA book with one of the main Characters in college. I wasn't exactly sure what to expect..... but I was impressed. It was fun, exciting, and just a great read. It's one of my favorites. I really enjoyed the characters, They all had there own personality and were wonderfully developed. Callie had a great voice. She fun and likable. Everything is so new to Callie, it was fun being taken on that journey. It made her an even more realistic character. I hope my college life will be like hers lol! With everything going on in Callie's life.there had to be some added spice.a love story mixed in there as well, but I could see the possibility of a love triangle happening in future novels. I love a love triangle... right now I think I am team Gregory. Just something about that guy.... think there is a little something under the surface that we don't know about yet. But then again I loved all the guys they are all cute and charming in they own way. The writing had a few flaws but other that that it was awesome. I was sucked right into this story and hardly put the book down. I so can not wait until the next book!
PEG08 More than 1 year ago
I came across this book by accident recently and can't thank my luck star enough. It was one of the best reads this year. The dialogue was fresh, smart and sooo funny - on more than one occassion I found myself laughing out loud especially the scenes with Cassie, Mimi, Dana and OK. All the characters were interesting and well developed. And, the boys; Gregory (or should I say "Jeffrey") and Clint, well, what can I say about the boys but HOTTIES! Where were these boys when I was in school. Two very different characters but each written in such a way that they both are very appealing just in differnt ways, no wonder Cassie is conflicted - but if I had a say, definitely team Gregory. The Harvard "survival rules" was a fresh and bonus treat at the start of each chapter and left you feeling like you were getting a tidbit of insider information into the lives of students at this prestigeous institution. Put this title on your list of books to read this year! I'm just thankful I can across it recently so that I didn't have to wait months for book 2 (Secrets) which comes out next week on Nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great if you like university sexcapades, romance, and backstabbing. I didn’t like the abrupt ending, but I guess that’s what you get when the author makes the series depend on a cliffhanger. I totally agree with “Not What I Expected” reviewer’s sentiments, that Callie made awful decisions, should’ve been portrayed better; and I completely agree that the language does not add to the story. Yes, better character development of some of the other players would have been good. I also enjoyed the extras-clips from the Fifteen Minutes magazine. Great touch. I found the authors’ jumping out of the plot a couple of times to comment on their narration unexpectedly humorous. Oh yes, and the unfair stereotype of the girl with faith was an extreme portrayal: they made her too much of a fanatic.
kittydanza More than 1 year ago
THE IVY, by Lauren Kunze and Rina Onur, is a story about starting over and growing up. Everyone who has gone away to college can relate to this book in more ways than one, whether it be making new friends, succeeding in classes, or balancing social with academia. The Ivy takes a deeper look into the highs and lows of choosing what is important in an extremely stressful environment of Harvard. Never have I read a book where I felt like I was reading about myself. This book took be back to my university days and the many chances I took while trying to find myself. Being alone in a new place, trying to make new friends, and participating in everything that you are interested in is what college is all about. But when you mix in social status (yes it still exists in college), new relationships/friends, and still trying to succeed in classes, you learn very quickly that it is easier said than done. I wished everyone could see Callie the way she was versus how she acted and dressed. By reading from her POV, I felt connected to a normal girl just trying to fit in. Her roommates were obsessed with their own lives while Callie was dealing with some serious complications. The big secret that Evan was hiding was so huge, my heart broke when it was revealed. I knew it would come back to stab her in the back and like all things, it did. Another great thing about this book is the fact that it is co-authored, and I never knew the wiser while reading. The weaving of characters and situations were seamless even though two writers thoughts were being portrayed. I enjoyed the characters that Callie befriended and came across. I felt some things were predictable and inevitable for Callie and these relationships but I have a feeling that will change throughout the series. My only disappointment was that it ended...with a cliffhanger! I am dying to read the rest of the series now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was surprisingly really good. It brings you back to your college days and gives you a peak into the world of harvard students. I got this book for free but will be purchasing the next.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book and I am 46. Lol!! I think a teenage girl would enjoy this story. Word to parents, contains a lot of partying and sexual content. It would be more for an older teen.
Logan Pierson More than 1 year ago
loved this book! very well written and easy to understand and good for teenager to read it basically like what a teen feels like going into college and includes some peer pressure
Burg More than 1 year ago
Wow-o-wow! Half the time these authors had me wanting to be back at college and the other half of the time I couldn't believe how glad I was that I had already graduated and was done with the whole shebang, it's still a toss up as to which won the majority. Either way I was really enjoying coming along for the ride on this one and watching Callie start her first day of college at Harvard. I went to West Virginia University, and while it's a fantastic school (Go Mountaineers!) I'm not, nor was I ever an Ivy leaguer but it sure sounds like a different world. Don't get me wrong, we had brilliant minds and probably twice the amount of partiers but regardless I was out of my element a little bit with this world. What fun I had though soaking it all in. Callie must get used to living on the east coast, acclimating to college life, living with three other girls who are all sporting their very own look and attitude and dealing with a very cute, very arrogant boy who happens to be living right across the hall, fun coincidence right? These girls have their work cut out for them and they're in for a wild ride. But also a totally fun one to be sure. These authors give readers scandals worthy of US Weekly, really cute and nice upperclassman guys, bitter and devious girls out to make freshman's lives a living hell and don't forget the classes, the parties and the drama, drama, drama! Did I mention the drama? When it's hard enough to get through your classes and homework, how is it possible to tell the different between friend and foe, right and wrong and ways to avoid getting in deeper and deeper? But seriously, I really kind of fell in love with this book and the characters and the story line - pretty much the whole kit and caboodle. Kunze and Onur set the stage for a great series and although I was a little worried with how things were left at the end of this one, I'm practically drooling over what's to come in their next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't decide if I liked this book enough to read the second in the series or not. It might be more appreciated by someone in their late teens early twentys. Lots of young adult issues with friends, boyfriends, trust, backstabbing and plain old fitting in with your peers. You know, all the things that I don't miss about growing up. The ending really left me hanging so, do I continue with this series or not? Maybe I will read the free sample from the next book and see where that takes me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Words cannot do justice to how poorly written and superficial this book was i kept expecting it to get better and it never did. I only wish I had back the time I wasted reading it
MRR62 More than 1 year ago
This book was interesting, but it never really went anywhere. The best comparison I can make is that it was like reading a soap opera. The supporting characters were cliche, and even the main character had no depth. I read the book all the way to the end, believing there must be something redeeming to the plot, finally realizing at the end that the "plot" was only half-baked, with no resolution. Like I said, it was similar to reading a soap opera. I read many kinds of writing, and though I do not care for foul language and misspellings and poor grammar, I can overlook them for the sake of a good story. I didn't notice any misspellings that I recall. The grammar usage was average. Foul language probably was fitting for the characters. However, the story fell flat, like struggling to finish the book and finding you've only reached the end of the first chapter. I will not be yearning for more of the same.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This time, I read the Free Friday selection BEFORE reading the other Reader Reviews (always containing the same old complaints - "why isn't it a children's book" or "it has too much bad language.") My gripe with this week's selection (other than the fact that it is complete drivel) is that is the first in the series and we're supposed to be so enthralled with it that we pony up $10.99 + tax for each of the sequels. Sorry, cliffhanger notwithstanding, I just don't care enough to find out what happens after Thanksgiving break at Harvard (even if the sequels were free, too!)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was pretty weak and extremely predictable. Callie becomes such a selfish, loathesome character who deserves everything that comes her way. There is no reason I would buy the next two books, unless I received a labotomy and forgot my own name. Now I know why this was on the Freebie Friday list on my Nook!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Made me very uncomfortable that the main character went from making bad decision to bad decision.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I "bought" this recently because Barner & Noble was giving it away. I can see why. Sophomoric--as in high school sophomore, not college. Contrived characters and plot. All been done before. Don't waste your time or money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I swear I've lost 35% more braincells reading this than if I would've read Winnie the Pooh instead. It has become my go-to book if I just want to fall asleep. Honestly, who cares about the shallow, conceited freshman class at Harvard? It was o.k. as a Free Friday book, but don't waste your money on this dribble.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really she couldnt finish the book. It wasnt that interesting but that wasnt an ending
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written and fun. The ending doesn't have resolution and made the book unsatisfying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldnt get past pg 8 with the lists and texts. Godawful. Another free friday loser.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought this would be cute and quirky. I started out liking Callie, and feeling sorry for her when things went sour, but by the end of the book i was so frustrated with her. Shes supposed to be this sweet, friendly, down to earth girl, but all she does in the novel is obssess over her social standing at harvard and basically backstab her dorm roomates. The mess she ends up in is through no fault but her own. Also, clints character could have been more developed! I felt i knew the supporting characters ( like OK) better than i knew clint. I wish he had been more real and 3d , especially since he was supposed to be the "main" love interest! (While i got tired of hearing about the million boys who were apparently drooling over callie, i LOVED the character of OK! he was a hilarious, believable character who i could actually stand. I probably also liked him because he was one of the few males who didnt fall for Callie.) (Also, i apologize for ranting....many books these days just seem to frustrate me, especially when they are filled with so many cliches and 2d characters.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the most interesting books I have read in a while. Unlike some teen books, the story line was fairly unpredictable and realistic. I can't wait for the sequel to come out in May because the book ends with many questions unanswered. I would recommend it to high schoolers and college students. Very well written!
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This is, without a doubt, the worst book I have ever read. Plot-wise, the story is boring and the wonderful protagonist that we're supposed to identify with because she's the nice, humble fish out of water that's earned her way into Harvard without a legacy, actually sucks. Sure, she quotes classic literature here and there, but the rest of the time she's a shallow and only has time to think about whichever of the hot guys vying for her affection she is in the current company of. Then, she does lousy things to her friends and doesn't even apologize for them, or really even try to discuss them. On top of that, she's reduced Harvard (and granted, she's attended and I haven't) to a series of parties, and it even has "Popular" kids? If this is really how Harvard is, I'm glad I went to a nice state school where that High School crap was a thing of the past. Next, let's talk about serious issues that are joked about or glazed over. There is brief implied sexual assault early in the book (which the protagonist doesn't even realize is happening, but at least feels bad about not noticing it after). Then, we first make a joke about one of the roommates being bulimic, and then it turns out that she actually *is* bulimic later in the book. But we still joke about it again when a different roommate is experiencing alcohol poisoning. Which isn't actually named, either, but she goes to the hospital so if you know alcohol poisoning exists, you can figure out that's what's happening. Not to leave all of the bases uncovered, there is one instance of casual racism, but it's just a foreign character making tomahawk motions, and we're assured that the American students know that that is "politically incorrect" (but not offensive, apparently). I almost forgot, also, the slut-shaming that is almost constant in the book. Just, ugh. Plot deficiencies aside, this book is horribly written. To the point where I was bookmarking the worst offenders. The story is largely written 3rd-person from Callie's point of view, but occasionally we wander into the minds of other characters for a paragraph or two. But even worse, there are instances where the POV changes mid-sentence. So, so bad. I don't even care about the "cliffhanger" at the end. The only reason I finished was because it was so short, I was already halfway done so it seemed like something I should just keep going on. At least I got it for free. (less)