Release date - 27th December 2016
Book length - 368 pages
Available on - www.amazon.com | www.amazon.co.uk
For fans of The Nanny Diaries and Sophie Kinsella comes a whip-smart and deliciously funny debut novel about Kate, a young woman unexpectedly thrust into the cutthroat world of New York City private school admissions as she attempts to understand city life, human nature, and falling in love.
Despite her innate ambition and Summa Cum Laude smarts, Kate Pearson has turned into a major slacker. After being unceremoniously dumped by her handsome, French “almost fiancé,” she abandons her grad school plans and instead spends her days lolling on the couch, watching reruns of Sex and the City, and 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.
Miraculously, and 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 or nonsense during the height of the admissions season, or what her colleagues refer to as “the dark time.” As the process revs up, Kate meets smart kids who are unlikeable, likeable kids who aren’t very smart, and Park Avenue parents who refuse to take no for an answer.
Meanwhile, Kate’s sister and her closest 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 downstairs 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.
Kate is intelligent, unorthodox, quirky, and caring, and when she finds her life in complete disarray and unlike everything she thought it was going to be, she has a meltdown. Unwilling to leave the apartment that her sister arranged for her, days blend together as she watches tv and forgets to shower. Her friend Chloe blames herself for Kate's predicament. Her other friend Vicki just wants Kate to snap out of it and get on with things, and Kate's sister, Angela, is struggling with the huge task of watching over Kate - even though nobody asked her to. But when Angela arranges an interview for Kate for an assistant director position in a prestigious private school, nobody is more surprised that she is successful than Kate herself. And with each day that she learns something new from this uniquely demanding career, Kate starts to piece herself back together and figure out exactly what she wants. But with some people who would rather see her fail, an overbearing sister who feels she knows what is best for everyone, outrageous, wealthy parents who will do anything to get their child a place in their school of choice, and some hilarious characters, Kate's journey will be anything but dull!
SMALL ADMISSIONS by Amy Poeppel is a wonderfully entertaining novel about braving the unknown and accepting that sometimes life will steer us from the path we thought we would tread. With engaging characters, some of whom I loved to hate, this story is rich in humour and drama and I was completely caught up in Kate's journey. With new love, old flames, friendship, and family, SMALL ADMISSIONS by Amy Poeppel is a fantastic read and I look forward to reading more from this author.
BOOK RATING - 📖📖📖📖📖 5+
Amy Poeppel is a graduate of Wellesley College. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she lives with her husband and three sons in New York City, where she worked in the admissions department of an independent school. She workshopped a theatrical version of SMALL ADMISSIONS at the Actors Studio Playwrights/Directors Unit. She later expanded it into a novel.
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Website - www.amypoeppel.com
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