The Ivies by Alex Donne

Everyone knows the Ivies: the most coveted universities in the United States. Far more important are the Ivies. The Ivies at Claflin Academy, that is. Five girls with the same mission: to get into the Ivy League by any means necessary. I would know. I’m one of them. We disrupt class ranks, club leaderships, and academic competitions…among other things. We improve our own odds by decreasing the fortunes of others. Because hyper-elite competitive college admissions is serious business. And in some cases, it’s deadly.

A thriller about teens who will stop at nothing to get into the college of their dreams. Too bad no one told them murder isn’t an extracurricular.

Contemporary young adult fiction is very hit or miss with me these days. But let's be real... I'm a twenty nine year old lady! I'm not exactly the target audience for these kinds of reads. I guess the reason why I keep checking them out are because they're the kinds of books that I loved to read when I was younger and I want to stay fresh and relevant in the book world.

So in my opinion, The Ivies is a hit! I was very impressed by this story.

I think the reason why I enjoyed this story so much are because there are a lot of fun elements in this story.
It takes place at a boarding school, there are female friendships and lots of secrets (that's why people adored Pretty Little Liars, right?), and there also happens to be a murder mystery that needs to be solved before all of the students go home for winter break.

Plus, everyone in the story is finding out if they got into college Early Admission, so to say these students are busy is a bit of an understatement.

I liked the main character (and narrator) Olivia right off the bat. She's the most relatable because she's a hard worker and her mother struggles to give her what she needs. In other words, everything isn't handed to her on a silver platter like the rest of her group.

The main issue in this story is pressure. At Claflin Academy, the students are under an intense amount of pressure to do well and get into the colleges of their dreams. In the case of Avery, the leader of Olivia's friend group aka The Ivies, she's pressured to get into Harvard because that's where other people in her family went, so she's a legacy.

It's a lot for a teenager to handle.

The mystery in this story is one that keeps you guessing. It's a sad situation, and people's true colors begin to show as Olivia plays detective to try to figure out what really happened on the night of party, where everything changed.

I'll be honest. I mentioned before that I am a twenty nine year old lady so I figured I would be able to solve this mystery. But I did not. Lol. I thought I knew who the culprit was, but I was so very wrong.

Sigh. Once of these days I will read enough thrillers to be able to figure out a mystery on my own. Mark my words.

Anyway, this is my first time reading a book by Alexa Donne. I watch her youtube channel and so I know she's published other books, but this one really grabbed my attention because of the topic.

I would recommend this book if you like young adult fiction filled with drama, secrets, and lots of twists and turns. In a way, it kind of reminded me of the college admission scandal that happened. I guess because of the fact that everyone was fighting to get into colleges.

The difference is that the character Olivia in this book DID ACTUALLY row crew, while Olivia Jade did not.

(on my blog, there is a gif here)

I'm hilarious. I know. No need to tell me!

That's all for today. Thank you to Netgalley for an eArc of this book in exchange for my honest thoughts. I really enjoyed it and I hope Alexa writes more thrillers in the future. She has a writing style that I really enjoyed and seems very knowledgable about the college admissions process.