The Ivy Chronicles

The Ivy Chronicles

by Karen Quinn
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Overview

The Ivy Chronicles by Karen Quinn

When turbocharged Park Avenue mom Ivy Ames finds that she's been downsized from her platinum-card corporate job and her marriage, she swiftly realizes that she's going to need a whole new way to support herself and her two private-school daughters. So she dreams up a new business?helping upscale New Yorkers get their little darlings into the most exclusive kindergartens in the city. What begins as one woman's bid to earn a living becomes an everywoman's tale of midlife reinvention and unexpected romance, set in a looking-glass world where even tots have résumés.

?If you think you may be a neurotic parent, read this and feel sane.?
?Allison Pearson, author of I Don't Know How She Does It

?Entertaining . . . Picks up where The Nanny Diaries left off.?
?The New York Post

?[A] ferociously funny tale.?
?Us Weekly

?Hilarious.?
?Child magazine

?Tales of Manhattan's elite trying to get their tots into private schools is sure to make you smirk condescendingly . . . The Ivy Chronicles delivers.?
?Boston Herald

?The brilliant, witty, and ultimately soulful heroine is a perfect tour guide who will leave you laughing up your latté.?
?Jill Kargman, author of The Right Address and Wolves in Chic Clothing

?With humor and heart, Karen Quinn brilliantly skewers the insanely competitive world of wealth we love to hate. Readers will cheer for Ivy!?
?Leslie Schnur, author of The Dog Walker

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440626944
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/31/2006
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,106,342
File size: 541 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Karen Quinn, after losing her own high-powered corporate job, helped found Smart City Kids, a New York City-based agency that helps families survive the application process to the area's most competitive public and private schools. Now a full-time writer, she lives in New York City.

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Ivy Chronicles 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 44 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book starts ok enough but goes into the sublime and ridiculous. Can you fit anymore sex,death,power and money in a story.Trashy
Guest More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend reading this book if you are in the education field. It is highly insightful on private schools on the east coast and is a great read too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was alright but some parts of it were down right ridiculous, especially what happened to the people at Myoki and her relationship with someone way too young for her. I'm sorry but no forty year old would ever land a twenty five year old. There are some humorous parts but overall it is an annoying read due to its two page long chapters and ridiculous plotlines.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. I actually laughed out loud many times while reading it. I wanted a light, easy read and this was just right. Highly recommended if you are not looking for a deep, intense book. I am looking forward to reading more of Karen Quinn's books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a reader of `serious literature only¿, I read this book only after having met the author at a conference. Karen is a truly exceptional storyteller with a unique voice, engaging us in the antics of Ivy on every page. This book offers a mature, humorous look at relationships, life transition and moral choice. I could not put it down. I laughed so long and so loudly that my family called my physician to see if I was on some new medication. I couldn't catch my breath long enough to tell them that I had unexpectedly 'struck (reader's) gold' simply by turning a page in this book. Please, Karen, give us some more!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! I laughed out loud so many times I was certain I'd wake my sleeping twins. Also, first and only book I've read since having kids, and I could hardly put it down. It's a must read for Mom's everywhere.
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mlk68 More than 1 year ago
My bookclub chose this as a "light" and "easy" read. It fullfilled our need. Everyone loved it. It is one of those laugh-out-loud kind of books, so be careful reading in public places!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting take on the New York Elite from a family perspective. I found it entertaining and pretty mindless. However, it wasn't predictable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I chose this book purely as a diversion from my usual murder mysteries. Living far from the bustle of New York City I'm always amused by the strange ecosystem that exists only there. Only in NYC would families pay $20,000 for guidance on getting their children into the "best" kindergartens. I great diversionary read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Such a good story! I live in the NYC and I really know the challenges you have to go through to get your daughter in a prestigious private school. Although I am not a mother, I'm merely a teenager, I have experienced this before. This book was really funny and is a great spring read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a former nanny of parents that the book portrays - I must tell the readers that are skeptical - they really do exist!! When I heard about 'The Ivy Chronicles,' I picked it up and read it in 4 days. Of course, this was in between being on beck and call for my current employer (a.k.a the family of 2 upper east side brats!) It may seem funny and over the top to some but they are out there. Thank-you Ms. Quinn for letting the rest of the world know what some NYC parents and their children will do and go through to be on top of that social ladder. On another note... this book is an enjoyable read even if you don't know anything about NYC's private school world. You will look forward to each time you are able to sit down and read a few pages. I can't wait for the movie!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the first couple pages, I guarantee any reader will be drawn into Ivy's world. The character is easily likeable and you route for her with anxious excitement till the end. It is filled with laughs, love, dreams and shock (sprinkled with a bit of laughs, of course). The characters are well developed and the plot never slows down. This book was very well written. Hope Zeta-Jones pulls the roll of Ivy off and does the book justice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the very first page Ivy, the main character pulls us in and we escape completely. This book is a wonderful smooth and funny read with an exciting plot and characters beyond hillarious. Quinns talent is all over this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The passenger next to me on the plane last week was laughing out loud. So, I bought 'The Ivy Chronicles' when I landed and could not put it down. I laughed out loud too. A fun and exciting read. Excited to see what Karen Quinn will give us next.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a great first book for Author Karen Quinn. Great characters. Funny plot lines. Creative Love Triangle. Can't wait for the movie, however I'm sure it won't do justice to the book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved every minute of this book. Ivy's ups, downs, trials, and tribulations kept me hooked the whole time. This is a great read anytime...a definite peek inside the psyches of over-achieving parents and what they can do their kids.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. My aunt recomended it because she loved it, after the first chapter I was hooked. It's an easy read, especially for the summer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is another Nanny Diaries type selection. It is an easy read and the author draws you in with outlandish, yet believable characters. I truly enjoyed this book and it was one I would recommend to any of my friends.